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Woman too large for ambulance dies; UK medics cleared of wrongdoing

- 10/06/2015

BRISTOL, England — An obese woman died after she became ill at home and paramedics couldn’t carry her to the ambulance. Bridgette Witcombe’s family claims paramedics could ...

Reality Training: Responders watch as bystander makes water rescue

- 10/05/2015

Incident Date: July 2015 Department: Reno police, REMSA, and Reno Fire Department What happened: A smartphone video shows a man, apparently in distress and possibly intoxicated, on a rock ...

Clinical solution: 50-year-old female with nausea and vomiting

- 09/25/2015

Abdominal pain can be a particularly difficult presentation for EMS providers to assess and diagnose. Causes of abdominal pain in patient’s activating the 911 system can range from simple ...

Clinical scenario: 50-year-old female with nausea and vomiting

- 09/25/2015

"Engine 44, respond Code 2 to 623 Enterprise Lane Suite 300. This will be at International Shipping Logistics in the employee breakroom for a report of a 50-year-old female with nausea and ...

Cardiogenic Oscillations on VM-2500V capnograph pulse oximeter

- 09/21/2015

An example of cardiogenic oscillations on a dog. This monitor and mainstream sensor are so quick the capnograph is actually counting and measuring each peak of the oscillations.

Remember 2 Things: Fine tune use of the Glasgow Coma Score

- 09/07/2015

EMS1 Columnist Steve Whitehead explains two subtle differences – withdrawing from pain or localizing pain and confusion or inappropriate response – to remember when calculating a Glasgow Coma ...

How to diagnose the cause of chest pain

- 08/31/2015

Learn about the different types of chest pain and how to interpret them.

Patient restraint: Protect yourself from the predictable fallout of public misperception

- 08/18/2015

Restraining a combative patient is a necessary part of the job for EMS providers. Properly executed on the appropriate patient, restraints serve to protect both the patient and the provider – ...

My favorite encounters with fascinating 'old' people

- 08/16/2015

The thought of daring rescues, burning buildings and bringing people back from the brink of death is what made me want to pursue a career in fire/EMS. But it was the reality of connecting with ...

Time sensitive treatment vs. time sensitive transport

- 08/13/2015

By Ben Neal The tones drop for a 60 year-old female complaining of shortness of breath. You are met at the door by a frail looking male that simply states, “She’s pretty bad ...

Medic misdiagnoses meningitis; patient dies

- 08/12/2015

BBC News BRISTOL, England — A paramedic missed an opportunity to deliver vital care that could have saved a Bristol meningitis victim's life, a coroner has said. Mthuthuzeli Mpongwana ...

EMS competence and confidence comes from constantly learning

- 08/11/2015

“He’s a good kid, but he just freezes whenever he’s asked to run the call. Got good grades in school, proficient in all his skills, but he just can’t seem to put it all ...

Weigh in on EMS Compass performance measures addressing stroke care

- 08/08/2015

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — The EMS Compass initiative released its first set of EMS performance measures, which address EMS assessment, treatment and transport of stroke patients. "EMS ...

4 endocrine emergencies EMS providers need to know

- 08/04/2015

At 0730 hours, a 20-year-old female college student presents in an altered state, combative and struggling with campus police in her dorm room. Her roommate states the patient had been acting ...

Clinical solution: 58-year-old burned while cooking at home

- 08/03/2015

The classification of burns based on their severity was discussed previously. Based on those descriptions, Paula appears to have suffered partial-thickness burns over a large portion of her lower ...

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