The Graham Response

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from the adoption of new practices to the continuation of tried and true formulas, as well as the cessation of old outdated ideas.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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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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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

Extending Your EMS Practitioner's Career

Posted by Graham Medical on Sep 7, 2017 8:30:00 AM

As the Chief or Assistant Chief of your particular Fire Station, you know the problems of maintaining a full complement of fire protection personnel. No matter whether they are employed or volunteer, keeping your fire fighting and EMS personnel competent, capable and ready to serve is likely a continuing challenge.

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Moving Patients - Protect the Patient and EMS Personnel

Posted by Graham Medical on Aug 31, 2017 9:00:00 AM

The moving and transport of trauma patients is never easy, especially if they're seriously injured, comatose or bariatric. It should go without saying that EMS and rescue personnel need to extricate and transport the injured patients without creating additional injury. An issue of great concern has been that of aggravating spinal injuries.

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Topics: MegaMover®, EMS

Addressing EMS Safety and Wellness: What a Station Chief Needs to Know

Posted by Graham Medical on Aug 17, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) staff are invested in the safe care and transport of patients. You need your teams to function effectively and knowledgeably, so you ensure they receive the education and hands-on training they need. But the bottom line is that your EMS professionals need to be healthy themselves – physically and emotionally – to operate with maximum efficiency.

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Solutions for Patient Safety and Transport in Tight Spaces

Posted by Graham Medical on Aug 10, 2017 9:00:00 AM

The transport of patients through tight places is always difficult. Patients need to be kept safe and EMS personnel need to avoid excessive body strain that may cause injury. This is exacerbated with large or bariatric patients, something that's becoming more common. According to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, "Nearly three-quarters of American men and more than 60% of women are obese or overweight." That creates a real issue when having to extract the person from a tight space.

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EMT and Paramedic Burn Out - Keeping Your Personnel Mentally Fit

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

When emergency responders experience burnout, it's no joke. An Australia survey found 36% of their paramedics suffered from depression. And depression can lead to suicide. One Chicago fire department experienced seven suicides in an 18 month period. Mental health issues have become such a serious problem that a survey of 4,000 first responders revealed that 6.6% had attempted suicide, a number over 10 times higher than the general population.

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Topics: EMS