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Sugar highs and lows: Rapid recognition
On-duty EMS fitness: Pressing exercises
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Dear EMS1 Member,

We hope you enjoyed Sunday's April Fools coverage: If you missed it, you can find it here. It's a serious business we're in, but we believe it's important to take a moment every now and then to share a laugh at the more absurd elements of the job.

However, rest assured that April 1 is very much an exception to our editorial coverage — the other 364 days a year it's business as usual, and you won't be seeing any "joke" news, like yellow cabs in NYC being used as emergency vehicles or the Vegas ambulance company offering betting during transports.

The EMS1 Team
News Spotlight
EMS study: Change shifts to decrease overnight response times?
Emergency medical response times go up in the early hours of the morning, when traffic is the lightest, according to a study in a Fla. county. The group behind the study says it's attributable to one thing that emergency responders are asleep when the call comes in. The findings are causing some to question the validity of the 24-hour-on, 48-hour-off schedule employed by Collier County EMS and the independent fire districts.
Should EMS shift schedules be changed?
 Nap time in EMS?
Featured News
5 injured when plane crashes into Fla. shopping center
Responders and investigators inspect the damage Tuesday at a central Fla. supermarket where a small plane crashed in flames through the roof, injuring five people. (Image AP)
"It was like something exploded"
Today's Top Stories:
Poison from suicide attempt sickens 3 Fla. paramedics: Man vomited pesticide, causing rescuers "to become dizzy, nauseous"
Report: New NYC 911 system slowing EMS response: '911 Call Processing Review' document says $2 billion spent has worsened system
 Former student opens fire at Calif. university
 5 shot in Miss. restaurant shooting
 2 sailors rescued from Calif. bay
 Paramedics wrongly declare crash victim dead
News Analysis:
Hazmat suicide: What would you have done?
By Art Hsieh, EMS1 Editorial Advisor
Not surprisingly, I couldn't find any specific protocols for emergency vehicles carrying a hazardous materials incident on board. Armchair quarterbacking this incident, once it became evident that something was going wrong, I might have made the decision to divert the unit from wherever we were to a location that could be isolated, call for assistance and wait to be decontaminated.
Bit of a sticky wicket
Sugar highs and lows: Rapid recognition
 Hypoglycemia refers to low blood glucose levels, which often exhibit signs and symptoms that many patients may not be aware of. While textbooks often outline very specific signs and symptoms, they are, in reality, not so easy to see.
Learn how to spot them
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First in Fitness
On-duty EMS fitness: Pressing exercises
Bryan Fass focuses on staying fit and exercising while in uniform, discussing exercises that you can do with nothing but yourself and your ambulance. Watch the video
Maximum Control for Controlled Substances
The MedixSafe M2 and C2 combine the security and ease of scanning a fingerprint with the efficiency of remote network adminstration. This way, controlled substances in your vehicles and on-site are safe, secure, and fully traced.
Learn how your department can get a 30 day free trial
EMS1 Video
Cutting down inappropriate emergency calls
A responder describes how an initiative in the UK has helped to cut down inappropriate emergency calls.
Truck crashes into back of an ambulance on the highway
A truck crashes into back of an ambulance on the highway in Spain, injuring one paramedic.
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