Course Topic: EMS
Focus on Changing the Culture – Addressing EMS Provider Stress and Mental Health

Focus on Changing the Culture – Addressing EMS Provider Stress and Mental Health

The issue of EMS provider stress and mental health has come to the forefront of our profession. The Burnsville Minnesota Fire Department has, like many EMS agencies, provided countless training opportunities for its staff and increased the visibility of employee assistance programs. The greatest success though, has been through something less tangible, something free and something much more challenging- a culture change that changed the discussion of mental health. Join Fire Chief BJ Jungmann to discuss his philosophy and lessons learned from the cultural change he is leading. Joining him is Brian Carlson, an Assistant Chief with Burnsville Fire who himself has struggled with mental health and been on both the management, and patient side, of provider mental health.
Getting to the Point…of Care. Curbside Patient Management in EMS.

Getting to the Point…of Care. Curbside Patient Management in EMS.

In much the same fashion that patients may have to wait until they get to the hospital for definitive treatment, EMS providers often do not have ready access to clinically meaningful data that may facilitate their diagnoses, clinical management, or even choice of transport destination. A variety of point-of-care testing tools are, however, available for use in the field and may serve to remedy this situation. In this session we will look at those clinical scenarios in which these quantitative diagnostic tools may be of special relevance, and how the data provided by them may affect clinical decision-making in the field. We will also examine what skills EMS professionals need to develop in order to ensure the appropriate use and interpretation of these tests. Finally, we will look at how to evaluate different devices not just for their clinical utility, but also for their efficient and realistic use in the field.
How to Prepare Communities to “Stop the Bleed”

How to Prepare Communities to “Stop the Bleed”

At this compelling webinar event, you will gain valuable insights on how to prepare your community to effectively handle mass casualty incidents. You will hear first-hand accounts from the EMS personnel who were onsite at the October 1, 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting and how invaluable civilian/bystander support was in controlling severe hemorrhaging that tragic evening. Richard Hunt, MD, Senior Medical Advisor with the National Healthcare Preparedness Programs will detail the importance of the Federal Stop the Bleed Initiative, established by the White House and being implemented throughout the United States. Operational managers from MEMS in Little Rock Arkansas will explain how the State of Arkansas secured funding to implement a statewide Stop The Bleed program that involves EMS, law enforcement, school nurses, teachers and church groups as trained "First" First Responders.
How to Prepare for an EMS Clinical Competition

How to Prepare for an EMS Clinical Competition

What does it take be a high-performing competition team?; Unlike operating on our everyday 911 calls, competing brings another level of intensity. When we provide patient care to the sick and injured as their family members watch our every move, we encounter stress, but the way you run a street call with your partners will not suffice in a competition. When we compete, that stress is exponentially increased. When judges, doctors and your peers are watching, every move you make is critical. "Practice makes perfect‚" is our motto. Knowing your partners, what they‚ are capable of and their specialties, along with communication, are all critical factors that contribute to a team's success. In this webcast, we'll answer your questions and offer some insights and advice about what has allowed us to win over 50 national and international titles.
Identifying Sepsis in the Prehospital Setting

Identifying Sepsis in the Prehospital Setting

Severe infection and sepsis are high mortality illnesses that significantly burden the healthcare system. Evidence suggests that early identification and aggressive treatment reduces mortality and length of hospital stay for these patients. Emergency rooms and hospitals have utilized protocols to help identify this patient cohort, but emergency medical services (EMS) has lagged behind, despite the fact that many of these patients are initially treated and transported by EMS. Recently, several prehospital screening tools for identifying sepsis have been created and evaluated. Using this approach, emergency medical technicians may be able to provide pre-arrival notification, initiate treatment, and create systems of care for septic patients. This webinar will review the evidence for prehospital engagement with septic patients and discuss the existing screening tools for EMS personnel. Don't miss this JEMS webcast sponsored by Bound Tree Medical.
Mastering Surgical Airways

Mastering Surgical Airways

A cricothyrotomy is a potentially lifesaving procedure typically performed after every other difficult airway maneuver has failed. It's important for providers to maintain familiarity with the tools and relevant anatomy to perform this rare surgical airway procedure. This webcast will cover best practices for emergency crics, including indications, complications, a discussion of surgical vs. percutaneous approaches and specific technical details.
Measuring Cerebral Perfusion During CPR: Near Infrared Spectroscopy

Measuring Cerebral Perfusion During CPR: Near Infrared Spectroscopy

Cardiac arrest is a major health issue with poor survival outcomes. We have traditionally focused on resuscitating the heart (e.g. return of spontaneous circulation) but not the brain and approximately two-thirds of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients who survive to hospital admission die from brain injury. The brain is especially vulnerable to ischemia and brain injury is the final cause of death and disability for many cardiac arrest patients. There is currently no standard method to measure cerebral perfusion and oxygenation. Near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) is non-invasive and can measure cerebral oxygenation. This may allow focused resuscitation of the brain during CPR and help optimize cardiac arrest resuscitation to improve overall patient outcomes.

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