This adventure to find a safer way to be in the back of a moving ambulance and provide excellent care for my patient started about 11 years ago with an injury (like most things that stimulate change). While working in a Type II van, my partner made some aggressive moves at highway speeds with a sudden stop that tossed me around and I ended up with a few cracked ribs. This mishap has made me look at ways to make it safer in the back of the ambulance without inhibiting our jobs. Whether it be equipment, technology or just asking why we were doing something -- it was all on the table. Fighting tradition, resistance to change and the always present "what if‚" we continue to move forward. Now we are seeing the benefits in safety on the personnel and financial sides.
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.
In this webcast Memphis Fire Department EMS Medical Director Joe Holley, MD, describes the background and results of implementing mechanical CPR in a large metropolitan EMS system.
In this presentation you'll learn: How mechanical CPR can impact your system; Understand the advantages of mechanical CPR; and How mechanical CPR compares to traditional CPR.
Ambulance services face the unique challenge of providing care, whenever and wherever needed, without consideration of a patient's ability to pay. It is therefore paramount that they operate high-performing revenue cycles to increase and accelerate cash flow.
In order to effectively deliver safe and efficient patient care, frontline first response and ambulance, and flight crews need a reliable supply and logistic program. Not all EMS operations are alike and maintaining consistent inventory can be a challenge in a fixed base or distributed operations environment. The key to effective management of a department's equipment and consumable supply inventory is improved by taking a systems perspective to managing this essential patient care inventory. A well designed and monitored system can ensure both quality care and support effective financial management.
This webcast will focus on how to ask the right questions to find out if your system would benefit from mechanical CPR technology, how to properly implement mechanical CPR to maximize compression fraction and minimize pauses, and how to consider how these devices can change the way we approach cardiac arrest, specifically refractory ventricular fibrillation and PEA.
Patient care reporting technology has improved in leaps and bounds, and many agencies find themselves with an ocean of data but struggle to translate the data into actionable information. In this webcast, Dr. Brent Myers and David Moran with Guilford County Emergency Services will focus on five key EMS metrics that can truly deliver results in key areas that matter most in your community.
Join us for this event sponsored by ESO.
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.
Capnography reflects ventilation, perfusion, metabolism, acid-base balance and reflects the effectiveness of critical patient care interventions. Many educational programs teach capnography using static pictures of capnography waveforms, but by incorporating capnography into simulated patient care situations, you can give providers the knowledge to interpret end-tidal CO2 in fast-paced, real-life patient care situations.
Please join us for this event sponsored by iSimulate.
This special EMS Today panel discussion and webcast will involve key responders from Orlando, San Bernardino and Dallas. The panel will discuss lessons learned from the active shooter incidents that took place in their response areas. The panel will also discuss response and operational protocols and procedure implemented at the incidents, revisions made since the incident and changes or additions made to medical/trauma/protective equipment deployment.
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.
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