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EMS 2.5: Beyond the buzz
How to respond safely
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Dear EMS1 Member,

For those of us operating in the midwest, stay safe during the bitter cold. In prolonged exposure, be aware of the first signs of frostnip or frostbite setting in. Be sure to check out an article from our archives below by Jim Augustine to refresh your knowledge of cold weather operations.


Art Hsieh, EMS1 Editor in Chief
News Spotlight
EMS student helps victims at Texas College shooting
A student who had just left an EMT class rushed to the aid of two injured people during the Lone Star College campus shooting north of Houston. Mark Zaragosa described the wounds as minor, but did what he could to alleviate their pain. "We were carrying [one man] over to an open area and [the officers] told us to put him down -- all with weapons drawn -- and they cuffed him right then and there," Zaragosa said. "I didn't think something like this could happen"
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Video: Police 'manhandle' paramedic
Video captured two South African police officers escorting a medic past an accident scene to a police van, where they push him in after arresting him. The medic is heard asking if he can enter the van himself due to a healing broken leg. (Image YouTube) Watch the video
Today's Top Stories:
Nev. ambulance struck by BB gun round: Medics reported hearing a "pop" sound right before the back window of the ambulance shattered
Police: Driver caused 15 crashes, damage, death: Police say the 70-year-old male driver was drunk
 2 EMTs injured in ambulance rollover
 Ambulance response time questioned in man's death
 Little girl survives after pencil pierces eye, brain
 Truck-size boulder smashes into house, badly injures woman
News Analysis:
Medic arrest video highlights need to keep cool heads
By Art Hsieh, EMS1 Editor in Chief
It's a bit frustrating to watch this clip. It reinforces that video captures only what's happening at the time of the recording. It's not clear what happened just prior, nor does it suggest the reason as to why the public safety providers got into a tussle on scene. Unfortunately many people simply jump to conclusions about where to lay "fault" and blame. Simple misunderstanding?
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EMS 2.5: Beyond the buzz
By Mike Ward, EMS1 Columnist
We who are in EMS aren't just fighting an uphill battle: we're fighting an all out war. Our service, which is constantly evolving, needs to be revamped, re-envisioned, re-trained and re-deployed. Our focus should not be money. It should be the patient
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 One of the most dangerous things we do on shift is respond to the scene, but there are ways to reduce the risks. Watch the video
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From the Archives
Cold and hurt: Vehicle accidents in the winter
By James Augustine, EMS1 Columnist
Now that winter is here, we take a dip back into our archives for a quick refresher on what freezing conditions can challenge us with. Trauma season is year round, so take a look at this article and don't get left out in the cold! EMS priorities
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