EMS Educators

The National Association of EMS Educators is the best Instructor program that I have ever attended. Dr. Chris Nollette is a great leader and the President of NAEMSE.

Star of Life

The Star of Life has been an EMS symbol for years. Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians have identified with the blue star as part of their heritage.

American Heart Association

The American Heart Association has been an advocate promoting healthy hearts for over 50 years. Their efforts to prevent heart disease and educate the general public has saved millions of lives.

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Oct
15

Defibrillation

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The American Heart Association is responsible for early determination for all patients who are found to be cardiac arrest. If you work at the prehospital care environment, you should consider the need for biphasic depolarization and defibrillation for all of your cardiac arrest victims. Do not become complacent in the old ways of advanced cardiac life support. We must be progressive and accepting when teaching cardiac defibrillation. Paramedics and doctors have become accustomed to utilizing cardiac monitor to save lives of those faced with cardiovascular collapse.

Grady Hospital has been very instrumental in donating cardiac monitors to local fire departments to improve their statistics for quick different relation of all patients found to be in a rhythm that requires electricity. If your local agency needs a cardiac monitor, please feel free to contact the head physician of the emergency room at Grady Memorial Hospital. And take into account the early different relation is the only thing that really helps correct a cardiac disturbance for patients who do not have a pulse.

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Jul
26

Epinephrine

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Epinephrine has been at the forefront of Emergency Medicine since the early 80s. Many Doctors have come to accept the administration of this medication as the standard of care. There are some Medical Doctors who have made a shift to the left and are no longer considering Epinephrine the choice for administration.

The new medication is Vasopressin and the American Heart Association has given validity to their decision. Epinephrine has been controversial from the beginning of its use in the hospitals and clinics. Vasopressin is just as controversial as the use of Adrenaline as it has side effects that as just as devastating. Until we get a better Catecholomine for the use in Emergency Cardiac Care, we are stuck with the use of Epinephrine.

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Jul
22

Patient Assessment

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How To Assess A Patient

When assessing a patient, you need to start in a head-toe fashion.  When starting at the head, keep in mind you need to ask the patient’s name, where are they at, what year it is, what day and time of the week it is.  This will inform you if they are alert and oriented to time,person and place.

The Atlanta Medical Academy emphasizes this practice also. Always start assessment in the head-toe method.  This will ensure that you do not become distracted.  Once you practice this habit over and over you are sure to have your assessments complete and are able to focus on the important interventions that the patient will need.

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Jul
17

Paramedic

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Being a Paramedic in Georgia has served me well. I have enjoyed an awesome career as an advanced cardiac life support provider for Fulton County. There has been many days that have tried my patients, but the good always outweighed the bad. If you are a Paramedic and are burned out, you should take some time off and do something totally different. There are many Paramedics who still enjoy working even though they are retired. EMS and Emergency Medicine has to be a passion that you enjoy and not for the money. Finally, I appreciate all that you do for our God and Country.

God Bless You All, James Colley

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Jul
02

Shortness of Breath

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With the pollen season behind us we should see a dramatic decrease in the amount of patients with shortness of breath. The Asthma patient has suffered dearly this past Spring for the pollen counts were extremely elevated. The Hospital in Macon Georgia was overwhelmed with approximately 600 cases of dyspnea in a 24 hour period. The Hospital staff was working overtime giving breathing treatments to the patients who were literally lining the hall ways. In no way were the Nurses prepared for the amount of patients suffering shortness of breath. As a side note, many of these victims have been advised that they should stay inside for the pollen season as to reduce their risk of exposure. Finally, should you suffer from respiratory distress, you should always call the 911 center and request an ambulance as soon as possible.

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Jun
23

Cardiac Drugs

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The new standards for the American Red Cross talk about the new cardiac medications. Amiodarone has been brought to the forefront by many medical doctors. This arrhythmic medication has the properties to reduce the irritation of the myocardial cells. In an attempt to reduce damage to the ventricles, Novocain has been kept in the mix as an alternate to be considered.

Vasopressin is a new cardiac medication that increases vascular tone which in return increases the amount of blood return to the brain and vital organs. The previous medication was epinephrine. The American Red Cross chose to leave it in the protocol as an alternative as well. If your hospital tells you that they have changed to the new standards, you can rest assure the old medications are still acceptable medical care.

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Jun
20

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