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Winter Is Coming - Patient Comfort During Emergency Care

Posted by Graham Medical on Dec 5, 2017 1:00:00 PM

The calendar says that the official beginning of winter is still a month away, but the weather maps on our televised newscasts are telling us a different story. Already we are seeing videos of snow plows clearing highways in Utah and freezing weather has made an appearance in the Upper Midwest and New England states. So, if you haven’t done it already, now is the time to review your inventory of blankets for your EMS vehicles.

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Topics: EMS Blankets

What to Know About Preventing EMT Back Injuries

Posted by Graham Medical on Nov 9, 2017 9:00:00 AM

The first step in preventing EMT back injuries is understanding what causes them, specifically regarding patient care and transport.

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Topics: EMS

Emergency Preparedness and Patient Transport: Why Have The MegaMover® In Your Bag

Posted by Graham Medical on Nov 3, 2017 9:15:00 AM

This year has been quite a year for natural disasters. Wildfires in California and the Pacific Northwest have destroyed homes, businesses, and wildlife as well as having negatively impacted air quality. Hurricanes have caused extensive flooding and major property damage in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. Plus, multiple earthquakes in Mexico. These disasters effect everything; gas prices, crops, infrastructure, and also EMS health and safety.

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Understanding Applications for Different Medical Blankets

Posted by Graham Medical on Oct 25, 2017 10:00:00 AM
One  of the truly unsung heroes in the EMTs armamentarium of emergency  supplies is the lowly blanket. While more specialized equipment involves state-of-the-art technology or lifesaving functions like staunching blood flow, the lowly blanket just continues to do its menial job function(s). BUT, it truly is a hero and is recognized as such by the persons who need it in emergency situations.
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Topics: medical blankets

Patient Transport Essentials for Active Shooter Response

Posted by Graham Medical on Oct 19, 2017 1:30:00 PM

On October 1st, 2017, a Las Vegas gunman shot into a crowd at a music festival ultimately killing 59 people and wounding more than 500 others. Among the first responders to this incident were emergency medical service providers (EMS). Often arriving at the scene before police, EMS teams face many obstacles while providing patient transport and care during these events.

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MegaMover Versus Knock-Offs: Know the Difference and the Risks

Posted by Graham Medical on Oct 11, 2017 1:00:00 PM

A flexible stretcher is used wherever it's impractical to gain access to a patient using a conventional rigid stretcher. While at first glance it may seem that this would be the exception, not the rule, there are many instances where the use of rigid stretchers is compromised due to narrow stairways, small doorways, and tight passages.

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Current EMS Trends

Posted by Graham Medical on Oct 5, 2017 10:01:00 AM

The EMS profession is ever evolving. As technology provides new innovations in medical care and patient transport, service providers have begun adopting these changes. The 2016 EMS Trend Report identifies many current trends in emergency medical care, from the adoption of new practices to the continuation of tried and true formulas, as well as the cessation of old outdated ideas. The roles of administration and field emergency medical providers within the organization are changing as well, reflecting the changing needs of the public and our overall economic health.

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4 Comfort Considerations for Geriatric Patients During EMS Transport

Posted by Graham Medical on Sep 28, 2017 9:00:00 AM

As you are no doubt already aware, geriatric patients are making up an increasing portion of your EMS call. This is due to both age-related illness and an aging Baby Boomer population. A retrospective study of EMS transports to EDs in the state of NC in 2007 showed that patients aged 65 and older accounted for over 38% of all patient transports to the emergency department and is projected to increase to nearly 50% by 2030. It makes sense, then, that EMS providers understand the specialized needs for geriatric comfort.

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Topics: EMS

Health and Wellness Issues for EMS Personnel

Posted by Graham Medical on Sep 21, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Emergency responders are tasked with protecting the health and safety of the public. From the stabilization of the spine after a car accident, to providing supplemental oxygen after a house fire, to treating a slip and fall injury of the elderly, our first responders understand that health matters.

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Topics: EMS

Active Shooter Response: What Every EMS Professional Needs to Know

Posted by Graham Medical on Sep 14, 2017 8:00:00 AM

EMS personnel face crisis and trauma situations daily.

Few things, however, are more stressful and risky than a situation involving an active shooter. These situations seem to be increasing in frequency and severity. First responders must stay safe, yet act decisively, in order to provide critical care and remove victims from the area. Therefore there are specific things you need to know to prioritize EMS health and safety.

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Topics: MegaMover®, EMS

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