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Crush Syndrome: A Case Study

Crush Syndrome: A Case Study

By Chris Ebright Case You respond to an accident involving a semi-truck that drove off a bridge five hours ago and fell approximately 50 feet onto a set of railroad tracks. The driver, who fell asleep at the wheel, is still entrapped within the cab. His lower extremities, from the hip down, are still pinned […]

Compartment Syndrome: A Case Study

Compartment Syndrome: A Case Study

By Christopher Ebright Case You are called to a scene where a skier has fallen.  The male patient is in moderate distress and complaining of lower left leg pain.  Assessing the limb, you see there is a closed tibia/fibula fracture with obvious deformity.  Noticeable swelling, when compared to the right leg, is observed.  Additionally, a […]

3 things to read/listen to this week 9/24/18

3 things to read/listen to this week 9/24/18

Two podcasts and a research paper make this week’s list. Eastern Kentucky University has a powerhouse faculty and alumni base who we see flex their muscle a bit this week. The research paper was an interesting angle on medics and ROSC: If a medic works codes regularly, the patient has a greater chance of ROSC

Spinal Motion Restriction

Spinal Motion Restriction

A new position paper on spinal motion restriction (SMR) was issued by the American College of Surgeons (ACS), American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and the National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP). It is another in a series of position papers on the topic and it may be the best yet on the topic. Read our analysis and download useful teaching tools for teaching SMR.

Gallows Humor

Gallows Humor

Every day, we have the chance to be there for one another. Not just in times of crisis. The gallows humor may be the frosting but community in EMS is the cake.

Your Delicate Brain

Your Delicate Brain

It’s hard not to think of an EMS provider NOT having a bit of damaged brain to choose this profession, but the reality is unlike the callouses on our hands we develop from our tough work, our brains do not afford us this protection.

10 Things You Should Know About Trauma Emergencies

10 Things You Should Know About Trauma Emergencies

Like our trauma patients, our thoughts on trauma care seem to go to extremes. We must balance prompt transport with adequate assessment and valuable on-scene care. While the need to transport our patients for surgical intervention is undeniable, the physical and mental toolboxes for determining criticality in trauma assessment have never been greater.

Helping Hands

Helping Hands

One of the greatest things about being an EMS provider is the need to use both your brain and your hands as your tools of the trade. How can you protect yourself and your patient with the proper glove protocol.