EMS

Norfolk Fire Division (NE) honored for excellence in cardiovascular care

The City of Norfolk Fire Division received the 2024 Mission Lifeline Silver Award for EMS by the American Heart Association, recognizing its excellence in heart attack and stroke emergencies. The Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition Program highlights prehospital agencies nationwide that excel in providing critical heart attack and stroke care.

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Thriving in Stressful Times: Therapists Share Their Tips and Strategies

One common issue among first responders is delayed help-seeking behavior. Many first responders wait too long to seek help for their mental health concerns, often due to stigma, fear of judgment, or the belief that they should be able to handle everything on their own. However, delaying help can have serious consequences for their well-being

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Heroes Without Borders: International Insights into Firefighting Tactics and Tools

Join us for an international worldwide webcast where we delve into the vital world of firefighting. We’ll unravel the intricacies of firefighter health and welfare, dissect modern training tactics, and explore the public’s perception of the firefighter’s role. This session will draw a vivid picture of the common threads and unique challenges faced by firefighters

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Building Stroke-Ready Communities: The Importance of Bystander Stroke Education

In addition to mass media, various educational strategies including multimedia presentations, live performances, and role-playing, have been employed to increase public stroke awareness. Researchers performed a systematic review of over 30 of these interventions targeting different populations, including those at high risk for stroke. They found that regardless of the method of knowledge distribution and target

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EMS Week at 50: Honoring the Past While Looking at the Future

Half a century ago, a presidential proclamation called on the nation to support efforts to improve emergency medical care across the country. It also established the first national EMS Week, a tradition we proudly continue today. Much has changed since 1974, yet there is still much we can learn from those trailblazing professionals who helped

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MVD Position Statement on Thermal Fuses

To reduce the number of deaths associated with home oxygen therapy fires, the Missouri Valley Division of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (MVD IAFC), strongly supports the adoption and use of a thermal fuse cannula kit by healthcare equipment suppliers, state and local health departments, emergency medical services (EMS) and fire departments.

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Are you a bad officer or a good officer in a bad department?

In the high-stakes world of firefighting, leadership is not just about commanding orders; it’s about fostering a culture of safety, trust and excellence within the department. But what happens when the department itself is plagued by challenges? How does one discern whether they’re a bad officer in a good department or a good officer in

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The danger of bias cascade in EMS

Like a ripple effect, one mistake or incorrect assumption can lead to increased negative outcomes for the patient. “Sometimes we make a decision, and it snowballs.” Our cohosts get vulnerable on this episode of the Inside EMS podcast, sharing times in their career when they suffered from cascade bias – using incorrect supplied or assumed

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