Health & Safety

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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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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NFPA Announces New EV Resources and Guidelines

As electric vehicles (EV) enter our roadways, the National Fire Protection Association has introduced a series of free resources, guidelines, and information to help raise awareness about EV fires and safe EV charging practices at home. According to the International Energy Agency, global sales of electric vehicles exceeded 10 million in 2022 and are expected

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Interim no more: Julie O’Berg will lead the Spokane Fire Department, becoming its first woman chief

Julie O’Berg, a veteran firefighter who came out of retirement to assume a leadership role in the Spokane Fire Department, has been named the new Spokane fire chief. She takes the reins of the Spokane Fire Department permanently after three months serving as the temporary head of the department. O’Berg, 56, is the first woman to

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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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