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Shawna Renga

Patient Assessment Update

Shawna Renga, AS, NREMT-P, currently works as an instructor for the United States Coast Guard Medical Support Services School in Petaluma, Calif., providing EMT training for helicopter rescue swimmers and Coast Guard corpsmen. She also works part-time for a private ambulance company, and lives with her husband and two sons in Sausalito.

Recommendations from SAE describe specific testing standards to minimize the risk of injury to providers and patients during an ambulance collision
Police only need minimal training and equipment to treat patients in cardiac arrest, opiate overdose or severe bleeding
EMS providers need to use a systematic method for airway assessment and management
Obesity-related diseases, vaccine preventable disease, mental illness and the need for education should all be considered in the prehospital setting
Technological and engineering innovations are making patient transport safer and less stressful
Scoop stretchers, soft tarps, KEDs, and vacuum splints may all be useful when moving a patient with modified spinal motion restriction
Advances in technology should continue to create ventilators that are smaller, more user friendly, and easily adaptable to the pre-hospital environment
The use of waveform capnography as a monitoring and diagnostic tool extends far beyond airway management and cardiac arrest
The future of CPR training should include simulation manikins, real-time feedback devices, and smartphone technology