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Progressive Paramedicine: How to Assess and Treat the Crashing CHF Patient [Video]

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Most medics have encountered a crashing Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) patient at some point in their career, and chances are not all of those cases were managed perfectly. This can be a challenging group to assess and treat, especially because your patient is likely very scared and anxious.

Pulsara has teamed up with EMS1 to produce an original video series of critical paramedicine tips and techniques, called Progressive Paramedicine. In this week's video, Pulsara's Brandon Means reviews three things to remember when managing the crashing CHF patient: 

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Managing Resources for Specialty Patients: 10 Things You Need to Know to Save Lives

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EDITOR'S NOTE: The following content originally appeared on EMS1.com as paid content sponsored by Pulsara. Special thanks to our guest blogger, Drew Rinella for EMS1 BrandFocus. Drew is the clinical coordinator for Bonner County EMS in rural North Idaho. He is a paramedic, public servant, and competition shooter. Drew is an advocate for quality in EMS and also blogs his crusade against bad EKGs in product advertising. 

Specialty patients present unique challenges to EMS providers in the field. Rarely encountered medical conditions, unusual medical devices and treatments, and morbid obesity all require different considerations from that of the routine 911 call. Here are 10 things you need to know about managing resources for specialty patients:

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New Data Shows MR CLEAN Trial Results Extend to at Least Two Years

“I think it will help you as a doctor to know you’re doing a treatment not only for 3 months, but that the treatment benefit is going to last for at least 2 years,” said Yvo Roos, MD. “It’s going to help you be more convincing to the relatives that you’re doing the right thing, that you’re doing something that’s really going to help them."

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Progressive Paramedicine: Why and When to Manage a Patient's Airway [Video]

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Airway management -- the set of procedures and techniques medical professionals use to ensure that a patient's breathing pathway does not become obstructed if at risk, or to clear the airway if already obstructed -- is a critical, life-saving skill all medics must be well-versed in. 

Pulsara has teamed up with EMS1 to produce an original video series of critical paramedicine tips and techniques, called Progressive Paramedic. In this week's video, Pulsara's Brandon Means reviews the three indications that a patient needs their airway managed. Check it out and comment any questions below!

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First Responder Mental Health: 10 Things You Need to Know to Save Lives

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following content originally appeared on EMS1.com as paid content sponsored by Pulsara. Special thanks to our guest blogger, Ann Marie Farina of Code Green for EMS1 BrandFocus. 

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Historically, traumatic stress and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder have been conditions associated with those that have experienced combat or been in the military. Recently, there has been mounting evidence that first responders are also experiencing these conditions at alarming rates, and that we need to make our own mental health a priority.

For a long time mental health, self-care, and peer-care have been taboo subjects among first responders. Recently there has been a positive shift in the culture, and discussion of these topics has been encouraged. Knowing more about first responder mental health can help you participate in the conversation, help yourself, and help your peers.

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Using Creativity in Chaos

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Former Pulsara VP of Development Shocks Healthcare World by Creating Competitive, "Traditional" Service [Press Release]

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Bozeman, MT -- April 1, 2017 -- In a shocking turn of events, Pulsara's former VP of Development, Erich Hannan, has recklessly abandoned his team to pursue his alternative, competitive solution to the care coordination platform. 

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Kentucky Hospital Improves Treatment for Heart Attack Patients Through Collaboration and Technology [Press Release]

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St. Elizabeth Healthcare, in Edgewood, Kentucky, decreased the time to treat critical heart attack patients by 30 percent.

Edgewood, KY – Mar. 30, 2017 – In the past year, St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Edgewood, Kentucky, significantly decreased the time-to-treatment for heart attack patients, following an effort by stakeholders from every part of the care team to collaborate and improve processes that speed up care. This improvement was due also in part to the use of a mobile app, Pulsara, which puts timely, clear information in the hands of everyone responsible for caring for the patient, both inside and outside of the hospital.

For patients who arrived at St. Elizabeth Edgewood via ambulance, the average time from first medical contact (FMC) — defined as the moment emergency medical services (EMS) first arrives at the patient’s side — to the administration of artery-opening treatment in the hospital dropped 30 percent, from 103 minutes in the first quarter of 2016 to 72 minutes in January 2017. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends aiming for a time-to-treatment of less than 90 minutes because it has been associated with better outcomes for heart attack patients.

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[WEBCAST] It's About Time: Every Second Counts in STEMI Patient Care

Time is critical in the ability to care efficiently and effectively for patients, especially for STEMI cases. To remain viable in today’s cost-and-quality focused healthcare environment, hospitals must strive to achieve best practice patient care (or exceed such measures) while demonstrating strong clinical competencies for top results at the lowest operational cost. Meanwhile, technology and treatment advances are also changing the way patient care is provided and streamlined, including care from prehospital entry through discharge.

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Pulsara Founder and CEO, James Woodson, MD, wins EMS10 Innovator Award [Press Release]

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[Bozeman, MT] — Mar. 23, 2017 — James Woodson, MD, Founder and CEO of Pulsara, was recognized as a recipient of an EMS10: Innovators in EMS 2016 Award at a ceremony at the EMS Today Conference & Exposition last month. Hosted by the Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS) and sponsored by Physio-Control, a part of Stryker Corporation, the EMS10 awards recognize ten individuals who made significant innovative contributions in EMS in the previous year. Over 40 nominations were considered for this year’s award.

A panel of EMS professionals selected the ten distinguished winners, who “each displayed initiative, creative thinking, action-orientation and a desire to positively impact EMS, patients, and their communities,” according to JEMS.

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