Important, for many reasons. Not a "how-to" but more of a "how we got here"
Active shooter EMS -- Discussion
"During an active shooter/active killing response, the first-arriving Fire/EMS responders, not special operations or tactical medical teams, must accept the responsibility for life rescue and medical operations and must work with first-responding law enforcement assets to rapidly deploy into the areas that have been cleared but not secured (warm/indirect threat zones) to initiate treatment and rescue injured victims."
Wake County EMS Evacuation pre-plan (outline) and A.J. Heightman's freaky night in a hotel:
Simple thoracostomy - a case for incision rather than needle decompression
(will be interesting to see what the study yields)
"To avoid the complications associated with needle decompression, a number of services in Europe have adopted simple thoracostomy as an option for chest decompression. Simple thoracostomy is a technique similar to the placement of a chest tube, traditionally done in the ED. It utilizes an incision with a scalpel and penetration directly into the thoracic cavity with forceps and a gloved finger to relieve the tension pneumothorax. The only major difference is that the chest tube isn’t inserted."
Ferno's new cot. If it works, it's a game-changer for EMS:
VERY similar to one we played with at EMS World, but this is all auto and will load into our tall 4wd ambulances. I might be in love.
AND A little video crazed this week
How an EMT gets ready for work:
Forget the egg in a skillet "this is your brain on drugs" commercial.
Just show this to the kids, and they will stay away.
It's so funny, because it's true...