Mobile apps designed for first responders promise to increase the quality of care patients receive. By making patient data more accessible, these apps can allow first responders to properly care for the patient, even if they have drug allergies or other extenuating conditions. Currently undergoing beta testing at King's Daughters Medical Center (KDMC) in Brookaven, Mississippi, these apps could save lives by saving time.
A clinician discusses the carfentanil vs fentanyl, other derivatives of fentanyl, the opioid crisis and where we go from here.
Balancing your personal life with your EMS career can be a challenge. We look into some options for child care for EMS professionals.
The NREMT test is not trying to set you up for failure. To prove it, we run through 5 myths surrounding the NREMT test, discussing why they are not true.
We spoke with several experts on the NREMT recertification deadline, why the decision was made, and what it means for EMS providers going forward.
911 dispatchers are just as likely to suffer from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as EMS and other first responders. We spoke with a former 911 dispatcher about her experiences, and discuss recent research around first responder jobs and mental health.
During interfacility transfer, it's key for paramedics to have access to as much information as possible. Yet, for a long time, paramedics haven't had the proper equipment to effectively X-ray patients. We discuss the issues around this and how the field can move forward.
We review three common types of traumatic head injury (epidural bleed, subdural bleed, and subarachnoid bleed) and effective treatments for these injuries. By knowing what types of neurological injuries you're dealing with in the field, you will be better equipped to help your patients in a prehospital setting. After all, when it comes to brain injuries, there's no time to waste.
The opioid crisis began in the 1990s as the result of unethical practices by pharmaceutical companies and healthcare professional. Now, millions of people in the United States struggle with addiction. How can we, as EMS professionals and first responders, help people who have fallen victim to this broken system? We look into this question through the story of someone who has overcome addiction.
As flu season gets into full swing, many are again asking questions about Tamiflu's safety, especially Tamiflu for kids. In this article, Distance CME instructor and healthcare professional Tara Vlaun examines this in more depth. Drawing upon recent research and the opinions of pediatricians, Vlaun goes over the pros and cons of using Tamiflu to treat flu symptoms and addresses the issue of Tamiflu for kids.