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Celebrating EMS Week 2024 – Day 2: EMS Education Day

On Day 2 of EMS Week, we are talking education – both for providers and community members

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Ask any provider and they’ll agree — in an emergency, mere seconds can make the difference between life and death. However, the responsibility of saving lives doesn’t rest solely on the shoulders of EMS providers. In many situations, bystanders are often the first on an incident scene. Their knowledge and ability to provide immediate aid can be the difference between a successful outcome and a tragic loss.

But it’s incumbent on local EMS agencies — that’s you! — to create opportunities to learn the life-saving skills needed to be an effective bystander on scene. In addition, providers are also responsible for staying up to date on clinical best practices and industry guidelines.

Through a holistic approach to education, EMS agencies are forging a path toward a safer and more prepared society, one where lives can be saved through the collective effort of trained professionals and empowered citizens alike.

Check out our “EMS Week – Day 2” video above and take a look at the EMS Week Education Day resources we’ve compiled. How is your agency advancing EMS education in your community? Send an email to editor@ems1.com for a chance to be featured in an upcoming article!

Citizen training resources
In order for citizens to feel empowered to take charge at an emergency scene prior to first responders arriving, they need to be trained — on both the life-saving skills needed and how to harness the confidence to do it.
The real role of EMS should be to train ourselves out of a job
Educating the public about when it is appropriate to call EMS – and how quickly we should get there
Equipping citizens to put down the cell phone and save lives in an emergency
Diffusing and debriefing lay responders can mitigate traumatic stress and reduce the risk of post-traumatic injury from the experience of performing CPR
Every song on our list falls within the recommended 100 to 120 bpm range to perform CPR
‘Stop the Bleed’ resources
One of the most critical skills that providers can teach community members is how to Stop the Bleed. Check out these resources for how to educate citizens in your local area on the proper technique to save a life.
In the event of an MCI, there may be a number of victims who require immediate treatment to stop life-threatening hemorrhaging
We’ve all been taught the sequence of how to control bleeding, but what about teaching it out of order (and for good reason)?
Challenge EMS providers’ critical thinking and appropriate skill deployment with these 3 penetrating trauma scenarios, ranging from moderate hemorrhage to exsanguination
Continuing education resources
Your own personal and professional development is paramount for long-term job satisfaction and advancement. It’s also necessary to stay up to date on the latest and best practices for clinical work and patient care.
From assessing to intervening, this quiz covers vital airway management scenarios to ensure you’re equipped to handle emergencies confidently.
Focus on what you can identify within an ECG tracing, rather than the criteria
We asked readers for advice on learning and studying pharmacology and received dozens of fantastic responses
Paying attention to common eponyms discovered during a patient assessment and their associated pathology can identify a patient’s most critical needs
How do you know you’re getting just the right amount of air into just the right place?
You are on scene with a patient who is complaining of weakness. The vital signs your partner has given you are not very detailed. What are some ways to improve on those findings?

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