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February 2020

Apps for first responders showing their worth in the field

By |2020-02-27T13:28:50-05:00February 19th, 2020|Categories: ALS, BLS, Critical Care|

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.

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Traumatic brain injury treatment and assessment for first reponders

By |2020-02-12T08:57:51-05:00February 12th, 2020|Categories: ALS, BLS, Critical Care|

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.

EMS and the opioid crisis: Where do we go from here?

By |2020-02-05T10:08:37-05:00February 4th, 2020|Categories: ALS, BLS, Critical Care|

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.

January 2020

Tamiflu for kids debate picks up as flu season strikes

By |2020-01-29T15:46:16-05:00January 29th, 2020|Categories: ALS, BLS, Critical Care|

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.