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Exploring the EMS Data Revolution

Exploring the EMS Data Revolution

Today's technology-driven world is a balance of giving out too much information and concerns about privacy laws. Yet shared information is a valuable necessity for training, monitoring, and improving emergency protocols. Learn more about how the EMS data revolution...

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Transitioning to Healthcare from Other Careers

Transitioning to Healthcare from Other Careers

Many graduates choose a career before they fully understand what they want from their professional life. However, some find out later in life that they aren't happy with their chosen career. By the time they realize it they may feel it's too late to start over....

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Seven Ways to Laugh for Stress Relief

Seven Ways to Laugh for Stress Relief

Good work-life balance is something most people strive for. But when you work in one of the most stressful jobs in the healthcare field, finding that balance presents a challenge. You work hard, often long, irregular hours. Then you go home to family obligations,...

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5 Times EMS Crews Were in the Right Place at the Right Time

5 Times EMS Crews Were in the Right Place at the Right Time

As an EMS professional, just because you aren’t on the clock doesn’t mean you’re off the job. Your training has taught you to deal with emergency situations wherever you may go. For most, however, that’s not much an issue. After all, if you didn’t want to help people...

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Ambulance Theft is No Laughing Matter

Ambulance Theft is No Laughing Matter

We all hear stories about civilians stealing ambulances. If not, just Google "people stealing ambulances." The media has fun with these incidents when they occur. You may even chuckle at some of the stories. But no matter how absurd and outright stupid these thieves’...

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How to Handle Medical Questions from Friends and Family

How to Handle Medical Questions from Friends and Family

“Do you think this rash is poison ivy, or something worse?” “My co-worker has been feeling really tired lately, what could be wrong with her?” It's not unusual for EMTs and paramedics to receive lots of unsolicited questions, once people know what you do for a living....

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The Critical Importance of Car Seats

The Critical Importance of Car Seats

You don't need to bother with a car seat for a quick drive to the store, right? Fidgeting with straps annoys your tired kid and takes more time. But a few possible tantrums are worth it. EMS workers see first-hand what happens when someone underestimates the critical...

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Common Challenges For 911 Dispatch Centers

Common Challenges For 911 Dispatch Centers

First responders rely upon an efficient 911 system in order to properly respond to calls for help. Unfortunately, the system doesn’t always work smoothly. As with any system that relies on a combination of technology and human activity, issues arise all the time....

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Insights on Working with Hospice Patients in EMS

Insights on Working with Hospice Patients in EMS

As an EMS professional, the parts of your job that entail racing to a scene and saving lives are sometimes glamorized. Yet, when you provide ambulatory care, you encounter all kinds of people in different medical situations. Not everyone thinks about working with...

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How EMS and Firefighters Work Together

How EMS and Firefighters Work Together

TV shows like “Chicago Fire” aren't merely employing a plot device depicting EMS and firefighters working together. Both rescue groups provide vital support to each other during crisis situations. Together, they form the core components of quick response actions when...

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Stronger Together: EMS Week 2018

Stronger Together: EMS Week 2018

This year’s EMS Week will emphasize a courageous group of professionals who are “Stronger Together.” That’s the theme for 2018 and it takes place May 20-26. If you work in EMS this is the ideal time to provide educational opportunities for the public. For others...

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Don’t Be (Un)Alarmed! Installing Household Alarms

Don’t Be (Un)Alarmed! Installing Household Alarms

If you work in emergency services you've probably seen first hand the necessity of functioning household alarms. Perhaps you've seen lives saved because of them or tragedies that may have been prevented by them. Make sure you take the time to consider your own...

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How Mass Shootings are Changing EMS Practices

How Mass Shootings are Changing EMS Practices

In the six years since a gunman opened fire on a theater full of moviegoers in 2012, emergency response personnel have begun to examine how they respond to mass shooting incidents. With each mass shooting, first responders learn more. Now, EMS practices are changing...

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What You Should Know About TBI

What You Should Know About TBI

It’s a hard fact of biology. Severely damaged brain tissue doesn’t regenerate. So when it comes to traumatic brain injury (TBI), time is of the essence! It used to be thought that there was little to be done with TBI before the patient got to the hospital. Recent...

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10 Key Traits of a Great EMT

10 Key Traits of a Great EMT

There is nothing easy about being an emergency medical technician or paramedic. First, you have to become one,  no easy feat between the hours of training and passing a state or national test. Once that happens, EMTs find themselves in a position of making literal...

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When is Flu Season Over?

When is Flu Season Over?

Flu season has been intense this year. Even if you haven't had it, you've probably responded to calls about it. Some EMS systems felt the strain of too many flu-related calls. Meanwhile, hospitals reminded the public not to call 911 for flu symptoms. So you might be...

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How Google Wants to Help Locate 911 Callers

How Google Wants to Help Locate 911 Callers

If you’ve ever been in or near an emergency and used your cell phone to call 911, you may have noticed that your location automatically turns on to help lead the responders to where you are. If you are the responder, you may have felt the pain of not getting very...

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Video Games as Medical Education (Really!)

Video Games as Medical Education (Really!)

A Revolution in Education The EMS field is constantly changing. Naturally, the way first responders learn should change as well. Students will always need instructors and live simulations. However, as technology continues to evolve instructors are finding video games...

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Apps for First Responders

Apps for First Responders

When you’re responding to a call every second counts. Fortunately, in the digital age, our mobile devices give us a great deal of instant information. A range of mobile apps for first responders allow EMS crews to work more efficiently and confidently. The information...

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Fastest Growing Jobs in Healthcare

Fastest Growing Jobs in Healthcare

The world moves fast. Careers opportunities evolve or sometimes disappear. However, healthcare is an industry that won’t likely go away or become completely automated. The medical field relies on face-to-face interaction and support. Some things you can can't replace...

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Recognizing Frostbite and Hypothermia

Recognizing Frostbite and Hypothermia

Winter is in full bloom here in Ohio and the cold weather isn’t going away anytime soon. As an EMS provider, you undoubtedly know how dangerous hypothermia and frostbite can be. However, it never hurts to remind yourself of the symptoms this time of year. You may also...

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Working with Patients and Their Service Animals

Working with Patients and Their Service Animals

More medical professionals, health organizations, and businesses recognize the benefits of service and support animals. These companions provide mental and physical health and safety. You will undoubtedly encounter service animals in your work. It’s a good idea to...

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Keep Your Cold Weather Workout Routine Safe

Keep Your Cold Weather Workout Routine Safe

If you love exercising in the great outdoors don’t let the cold weather stop you! You don’t have to work out in a boring old gym just because the weather has reached freezing temperatures. In fact according to The Mayo Clinic, “exercise is safe for almost everyone,...

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EMS Cliches on TV: Ryan Murphy’s 911

EMS Cliches on TV: Ryan Murphy’s 911

Yet another emergency services TV series comes our way with Ryan Murphy’s 9-1-1, which debuted on Fox on January 3, 2018. “Ultimately, 9-1-1 may be a too-predictable and unremitting show, but when it takes off, it's quite the ride,” USA Today writes. TV Line dives...

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5 Tips for Working Successfully with Older Patients

5 Tips for Working Successfully with Older Patients

When you work in healthcare, you learn to interact with all different kinds of people. One of the most common, but also challenging groups you encounter is older patients. Working with the elderly isn’t so different as treating the rest of the population. Sure, you...

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Finding Your EMS Mentor

Finding Your EMS Mentor

Growing up, many of us had mentors who shaped our youth. These individuals are integral to our lives as we mature. What many people don’t realize is how important mentors adult professionals, too. We never stop needing guidance in our lives and careers. A mentor can...

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Resolve to Learn New Skills in 2018

Resolve to Learn New Skills in 2018

If you are an emergency medical technician or paramedic, you are a highly trained first responder. Your knowledge and skills are highly valuable to the communities where you work. You courageously walk into unpredictable situations and even sometimes step into heroic...

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How to De-Stress from a Stressful Job

How to De-Stress from a Stressful Job

You don’t have to work in the healthcare field to know that a career as an EMT is one of the world’s most stressful jobs. In fact, the Hospital Careers list crowns it the Most Stressful Job in Healthcare. No one is immune to stress. And everyone is at risk of health...

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New Tablet Promises to Work as Hard as You Do

New Tablet Promises to Work as Hard as You Do

In your work as an EMS you well know that every minute counts. So when new tech promises superior emergency communications, you may want to look into it. A new military-grade tablet, the DT325 debuted at last month’s International Association of Chiefs of Police 2017...

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Diversity in the EMS Field

Diversity in the EMS Field

Working as an Emergency Medical Service (EMS) professional brings many challenges. You must move quickly, work with limited information, and draw on an enormous amount of medical training, in an attempt to save lives. You are often asked to enter the homes and private...

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Five Times a Celebrity Publicly Thanked a Paramedic

Five Times a Celebrity Publicly Thanked a Paramedic

Often being a paramedic is often a thankless job. Lauren German, who played one on the TV show Chicago Fire, said, “They get overlooked. People forget about them and all they do all day long is save lives left and right.” It’s challenging work to aid patients fighting...

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How an Emergency Room Works

How an Emergency Room Works

The emergency room (ER) is one active and complicated part of an active and complicated emergency response system. As an emergency response worker, you are crucial to this system! You may be the single most important point of communication for the ER. By better...

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Appearance Matters: Looking Professional on the Job

Appearance Matters: Looking Professional on the Job

As an EMT or paramedic, you represent the healthcare community to the public. Your image as a healthcare professional reflects upon your employer and the industry as a whole. After all, you are in an industry that values health. An unkempt appearance can signal...

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Staying Fit in EMS

Staying Fit in EMS

Emergency Medical Service providers are an integral part of the healthcare industry. The job, like most jobs in the industry, often requires an act of selflessness. In order to provide premium services to others, it is highly important to keep a healthy lifestyle. In...

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What to Know about Calling 911

What to Know about Calling 911

As an EMS worker, you're usually on the receiving end of requests for emergency assistance. However, sooner or later, you will probably have to call 911 yourself. When it's personal, you may find yourself in a distressed state, possibly unable to think clearly. So...

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How the Opioid Epidemic is Affecting EMS Personnel

How the Opioid Epidemic is Affecting EMS Personnel

Hardly a day goes by without news related to the opioid epidemic, whether on a national scale or in your local community. If you work or are planning to work in the field of emergency medical services, you face the results of opioid addiction closer than many people....

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How EMS Could Use Drones Now and in the Future

How EMS Could Use Drones Now and in the Future

Turn on ESPN and you can now see contestants racing drones through abandoned malls in heated competition. Yes, drone racing is a multi-million dollar, mainstream sport. Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), have become almost commonplace. But it’s not all fun...

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Are Body Cameras the Next Big Thing for EMS Workers?

Are Body Cameras the Next Big Thing for EMS Workers?

Would you be comfortable wearing a body camera while you work? Would you consider it a threat to your privacy or a welcome deterrent for assaults and false accusations? For many people in the EMS field, the answer is far from black-and-white. As some U.S....

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What is the Difference Between an EMT and a Paramedic?

What is the Difference Between an EMT and a Paramedic?

The general public tends to assume that EMTs (emergency medical technicians) and paramedics are the same. Paramedic and EMT job duties and skills complement one another, but differ in key ways. Whether you’re a student contemplating your future or someone considering...

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How to Have a Long Career in EMS

How to Have a Long Career in EMS

EMS is supposed to be a career that eats people and spits them out in less than five years. That conventional wisdom doesn’t apply to everyone. There are paramedics and EMTs that have worked in the field for more than 30 years. Listen here to Mike Rubin on the Inside...

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Emergency Vehicle Operator Education

Emergency Vehicle Operator Education

A key component of the delivery of timely and high quality emergency care is the Ambulances and First Responder vehicles. Responding to these emergency incidents and the subsequent transport of injured patients to hospitals involves inherent risks. Based on the high...

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14 Habits Paramedics Can’t Shake

14 Habits Paramedics Can’t Shake

There are habits EMTs and paramedics have that are hard to shake even when off the clock or after retirement. 1. “I leave enough space at a red light to be able to pull out and around if needed.” — Josh Sharpe 2. “Pulling the shopping cart behind me like I’m at the...

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5 reasons NOT to become an EMT

5 reasons NOT to become an EMT

For a job with typically long hours and relatively low pay, you rarely hear about EMS agencies having a shortage of willing applicants. In fact, some might argue that the seemingly endless supply of young, eager EMTs is part of what fuels the low wages and long hours...

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Ohio Ambulance helps with A Night to Shine

Ohio Ambulance helps with A Night to Shine

On February 12, 2016 it was our honor to participate in Tim Tebow’s “Night To Shine.” This event, which is shared with 222 Ministries, across 8 counties allows individuals with Special Needs to participate a Prom Night meant to remember! Cuyahoga Valley Church...

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