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Happy National Trauma Awareness Month! This Year's Theme: Safety at Any Speed

By Hannah Ostrem on Apr 30, 2018

Today is the last day of April, and you know what that means. Tomorrow...

 

Awesome NSYNC memes aside, May also marks the American Trauma Society's annual National Trauma Awareness Month. Each year, the society assigns a theme to the month, to raise awareness of injury prevention efforts.

Topics: Trauma
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A Call to All Who Run Towards Mayhem

By James Woodson, MD on Sep 22, 2017

You chose this career.

Why?

Why did you go into public safety? Why did you go into healthcare? Why did you choose your specialty?

There are a number of possible reasons: Money. Prestige. Honor. Love. Fear. Anger. Hope. Adrenaline. Desire. Pressure. People.

Many of us in public safety and healthcare are just wired differently — especially those of us who deal with time sensitive emergencies. Imagine a group of people witnessing an emergency - a house fire, a car crash, a mass casualty event, a cardiac arrest, a sudden collapse, a STEMI, a stroke. If you were to watch their responses, you would see three types of people:

  1. Those who run towards the mayhem.
  2. Those who run away.
  3. Those who stand still and watch.
Topics: Stroke STEMI EMS Trauma Communication
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How One EMS System is Working to Improve Care Systems in Time-Sensitive Emergencies

By Hannah Ostrem on Jan 05, 2017

When the concept for EMS was born nearly 50 years ago, it was meant to be an integrated part of a smooth system of care beginning with the call to EMS dispatch and continuing through to definitive treatment. However, EMS-to-hospital communications have faced significant barriers including miscommunications due to archaic and unreliable technologies, issues transmitting ECGs and other patient data, inadequate training in STEMI recognition, and lack of access to patient outcome information for EMS. According to an article published in JEMS this week, recent studies have shown that prehospital notification by EMS improves time to treatment for stroke, however these notifications are not part of a consistent and standardized protocol, and in 25% of cases, EMS fails to alert the hospital of an incoming stroke patient.

Topics: Stroke STEMI Sepsis Trauma Healthcare
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Change is Here to Stay: What That Means for Healthcare and the Beloved Pager.

By Shane Elmore, RN on Oct 18, 2016

When it comes to communication in healthcare, do you ever feel like you're playing a game of "telephone?"

One of the most challenging aspects of living in the technological age is the speed of change. There was once a day when the person armed with the most knowledge and information had the upper hand. That's not the case in today's world. Instead, the person or company that can rapidly learn and adjust to changing trends, information, and technology will now lead the pack. Your ability to adapt to a rapidly changing world will be the one skill that separates you from your competition.

Topics: Stroke STEMI Leadership Sepsis Trauma Healthcare Communication
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The Broken Radio Report and What We Can Learn from "Emergency!"

By Shane Elmore, RN on Aug 09, 2016

Just for grins and giggles, I signed in to Netflix recently and watched a few episodes of the medical drama from the 70's, "Emergency!" I'm a little young to remember the show when it was on the air, but when I started in EMS, my paramedic partner insisted that I watch some of it. It was a rite of passage. Of course, there was also Bringing Out the Dead starring Nicholas Cage and Mother, Jugs & Speed with Bill Cosby, but those are for another post.

Topics: Stroke STEMI EMS Sepsis Trauma Healthcare
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How to Fix the Dreaded "Weekend Effect" in Hospital Deaths

By Wes Wood on Jun 02, 2016

Feeling all alone out there on weekends/holidays/night shifts?

You’re not the only one. Any clinician involved in care of time sensitive emergent patients has experienced the frustration of delays in care during these “off times.” Unfortunately, strokes, STEMIs and traumas do not take time off. Two recent studies (here and here) released in London and Birmingham, UK allude to how process variations have resulted in a decrease in quality of stroke care. Specifically, the quality measurement of door to needle in less than 60 minutes took a hit, and was directly linked to day of week and time of day.

Topics: Stroke STEMI EMS Trauma Healthcare
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A Communication Breakdown That May Have Cost a Heart Patient His Life

By Shane Elmore, RN on Apr 28, 2016

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Topics: Stroke STEMI EMS Trauma Healthcare