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Traumatic Brain Injury: 10 Things You Need to Know to Save Lives

By Kris Kaull on Sep 18, 2015

 

EDITOR'S NOTE: Special thanks to our guest blogger, Bob Sullivan. Bob Sullivan, MS, NRP, is a paramedic instructor at Delaware Technical Community College. He has been in EMS since 1999, and has worked as a paramedic in private, fire-based, volunteer, and municipal EMS services, and is an ally to Pulsara. Contact info for Bob can be found on his blog, The EMS Patient Perspective.

 Enjoy!

1. There's little room to spare in the cranium.

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can cause inflammation and swelling or bleeding from damage to brain tissue and blood vessels. Bleeding may occur within the brain (an intracranial hemorrhage) or the protective layers that surround it, such as an epidural, subdural or subarachnoid hemorrhage.
Topics: EMS
3 min read

5 Ways Mobile Healthcare Coordination Can Change EMS

By Kris Kaull on Sep 15, 2015

 

EDITOR'S NOTE: This article was originally pubilshed on EMS1.com. EMS1 serves as the largest site for paramedics and EMTs to find expert industry-relevant content.

Medical professionals are always pushing to discover better methods to improve patient outcomes. Nowhere is this more true than in acute care situations, where communication is critical and every second counts.  

But up until now, there hasn’t been a great one-size-fits-all solution to the problem of sharing information—benchmark times, patient information, etc.—between emergency response team members, due to great variation from place to place and organization to organization.

One company looked for a way to put a method to the madness. By pulling together people, alerts, and information in a single platform that’s available to everyone, the days of “who knew what when” can be put firmly in the past.

Here’s how Pulsara works, along with five reasons it is quickly becoming the leading technology for improving patient outcomes.

Topics: EMS
3 min read

HOW TO: Engage EMS in Your Hospital Meetings ... and Beyond!

By Shane Elmore, RN on Sep 08, 2015

 

It was my first day in my new role as the STEMI/Chest Pain Coordinator. Because this position had been vacant for a year, the To Do list was daunting to say the least. As I attended my first meeting, I noticed that the EMS personnel in attendance was completely disengaged. I’m sure if I called him out on it he would have claimed that he was taking notes. In reality, he was probably playing Angry Birds or Words With Friends. I didn’t blame him. We weren’t a cohesive team and it showed.

The meeting was uneventful. Afterwards, my new boss said something to the effect that EMS is always disengaged and “Good luck with that!” I needed the EMS team to be on my side in order to build a successful program.

Fast forward 30 days.

Topics: EMS
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Confessions of a Recovering Paramedic

By Wes Wood on Aug 27, 2015

 

Recently a coworker here at Pulsara (not mentioning any names, but thanks Kris Kaull) paid me what is probably the best compliment I’ve ever received … he called me a recovering paramedic. I didn’t know how to take it at first, but then I realized, he’s right. I guess he’s seen the signs and symptoms before.

You see, it all started just like so many others, my dream job as a teen was being a paramedic. After a couple years in college, I achieved that goal and began what was at that point, my life’s work, and I loved it right up to the very last shift.

Topics: EMS
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Why Does 911 Send a Fire Truck to a Medical Call?

By Jeffrey Hobson on Aug 06, 2015

 

This seems to be one of the most common questions people ask firefighters and paramedics.

Imagine the following scenario: 

You call 911 for your neighbor who’s having chest pain. Within a few moments, a big fire engine shows up with your community’s beloved uniformed firefighters. Your friends and fellow neighbors take notice right away and ask, “Why can’t they just send an ambulance? Do they need to waste all that money sending a big truck to a simple medical incident? Can a firefighter really help me right now?” 

Topics: EMS
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The Changing Face of Stroke Care: Is There an App for That?

By Hannah Ostrem on May 26, 2015

 

...You know there is! EMS World recently published an article which highlights the changing technologies and protocols for managing stroke care. New embolectomy studies such as MR. CLEAN, ESCAPE, EXTEND IA, SWIFT-PRIME, and REVASCAT (see Pulsara's previous post for more details) have shown incredible promise in that patients who recieved the various embolectomy treatments were roughly twice as likely to experience a positive outcome compared to those patients who received IV tPA alone. In fact, all of these studies were stopped early due to efficacy. 

Topics: Stroke EMS
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EMTs and Paramedics: Happy EMS Week and Thank You for Your Service!

By Brittany Means, RN, BSN on May 19, 2015

 

Whether it be as a visitor of a dear friend after surgery, for the birth of the newest family member, or as the patient yourself, there are few of us who haven’t found ourselves in the hospital setting. On the other hand, a much smaller percentage of the population has had a front row seat to the care that takes place prehospital. Even as a nurse in the hospital, I had little to no contact with these everyday heroes, and therefore knew very little about the immense role that they play in patient care. It wasn’t until I met my husband, a flight paramedic, that my eyes were opened to the world of EMS.

Topics: EMS
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Trauma: 10 Things You Need to Know to Save Lives

By Kris Kaull on Apr 16, 2015

 

EDITOR'S NOTE: Special thanks to our guest blogger, Bob Sullivan. Bob Sullivan, MS, NRP, is a paramedic instructor at Delaware Technical Community College. He has been in EMS since 1999, and has worked as a paramedic in private, fire-based, volunteer, and municipal EMS services, and is an ally to Pulsara. Contact info for Bob can be found on his blog, The EMS Patient Perspective.

 Enjoy!

~ Kris

Trauma is a leading cause of death for all age groups. EMS plays a pivotal role in trauma systems of care through assessment, treatment, and transport to the most appropriate trauma-care facility. Here are the top 10 things you need to know about multi-system trauma to save lives:

Topics: EMS
6 min read

Stroke: 10 Things You Need to Know to Save Lives

By Kris Kaull on Mar 31, 2015


EDITOR'S NOTE: Special thanks to our guest blogger, Bob Sullivan. Bob Sullivan, MS, NRP, is a paramedic instructor at Delaware Technical Community College. He has been in EMS since 1999, and has worked as a paramedic in private, fire-based, volunteer, and municipal EMS services, and is an ally to Pulsara. Contact Bob at his blog, The EMS Patient Perspective.

 Enjoy!

~ Kris

EMS plays a critical role in identifying, treating, and directing stroke patients into a system of care. Here are 10 things you need to know about stroke:

Topics: STEMI EMS
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STEMI: 10 Things You Need to Know to Save Lives

By Kris Kaull on Mar 19, 2015

EDITOR'S NOTE: Special thanks to our guest blogger, Bob Sullivan. Bob Sullivan, MS, NRP, is a paramedic instructor at Delaware Technical Community College. He has been in EMS since 1999, and has worked as a paramedic in private, fire-based, volunteer, and municipal EMS services, and is an ally to Pulsara. Contact Bob at his blog, The EMS Patient Perspective.

 Enjoy!

~ Kris

 

EMTs and paramedics play a crucial role in rapid detection, treatment, and transport of STEMI1 patients to the most appropriate hospital. Here are the top 10 things you need to know about STEMI to save lives:

Topics: STEMI EMS
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Early Mobilization - Spending Seconds Saves Lives

By Brittany Means, RN, BSN on Mar 09, 2015

 

Picture this: halfway through your 24-hour shift, you and your partner are finally sitting down to your first real meal of the day. Just as the first bite of warm food hits your lips, the tones drop; an all-too-familiar scenario in the world of first responders. You’re dispatched to a 51-year-old male reporting chest pain. You walk in the door to a very distraught family aside a man clutching his chest. He is pale and sweating profusely. You meet your partner’s eyes, and you know you’re both thinking the same thing. You quickly obtain the EKG, and your suspicions are confirmed-tombstones in leads II, III, and AVF. To you and your partner, this isn’t just a STEMI. It is a father, grandfather, and best friend to the distraught family you leave behind as you expedite his care en route to the nearest PCI facility.

Topics: Stroke STEMI EMS Coordinators' Corner
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FaceTime: The Answer to Cost-Effective Prehospital Telestroke?

By James Woodson, MD on Mar 03, 2015

 

We all know that “time is tissue” for our stroke patients. We now have four studies (Mr Clean, Escape, Extend-1A, and Swift-Prime) showing the tremendous benefits of endovascular therapy for patients with large vessel occlusion (LVO).

Topics: Stroke EMS Coordinators' Corner
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Standardized Communication to Improve Inpatient STEMI Treatment Time Outcomes

By Hannah Ostrem on Feb 06, 2015

 
Approximately 200,000 people in the United States will suffer a STEMI this year, and, according to a recently published article in the Wall Street Journal, roughly 5% of those cases will occur in patients who are already in the hospital for other unrelated ailments. Read 'The Hospital is no Place for a Heart Attack' here.
 
Topics: STEMI EMS Coordinators' Corner