The Graham Response

EMS Response To Active Shooter Situations

Posted by Graham Medical on Aug 28, 2018 10:00:00 AM

EMS personnel face crisis and trauma situations daily.

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Topics: MegaMover®, EMS

What EMS Providers Have To Say About The MegaMover

Posted by Graham Medical on Aug 15, 2018 10:00:00 AM

EMS personnel recently responded to a survey about their experience with their MegaMover® Transport Unit (or units). As we had hoped, they reported that the MegaMover® made providing emergency medical care easier. 

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Topics: MegaMover®

How to Protect Your EMS Staff from Fentanyl Exposure

Posted by Graham Medical on Aug 1, 2018 10:00:00 AM

According to the United States’ Drug Enforcement Agency, Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 30-50 times more potent than heroin and up to 100 times more powerful than morphine.

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Topics: EMS Health

Protecting First Responders from Infectious Diseases

Posted by Graham Medical on Jul 10, 2018 2:00:00 PM

As a first responder, it may seem that the world is becoming an increasingly hostile place. Not only are you and your team faced with an increased incidence of traffic accidents and domestic violence that you respond to, now there are increased occasions in which you could be the victim yourself; situations such as an active shooter event, terrorist chemical agent incident, and even infectious organism contamination.

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Topics: EMS Health

How EMTs Can Prepare for Near-Drowning Events This Summer

Posted by Graham Medical on Jul 6, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Backyards and public pools, as well as rivers, lakes, and oceans, provide easy relief from the summer heat and many families enjoy spending time together both in and on the water.

Unfortunately, according to the Center for Disease Control ( CDC ), drowning is the leading cause of traumatic death for children ages 1 to 4, one of the leading causes of death for children ages 1 to 14, and three children die every day due to drowning .
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Topics: EMS Blankets

Preparing for Higher Summertime Traffic Incidents

Posted by Graham Medical on Jul 2, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Many drivers think they are in the most danger during the winter months. It makes sense that the danger would increase when the days are shorter and the roads can be icy and slick. This misconception can lead to false feelings of safety when the weather is nice and sunny. In actuality, it is during the summer months when drivers and their passengers are at the highest risk of being in an accident.

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Topics: EMS

Summertime Trauma: 5 Common Emergency Care Events

Posted by Graham Medical on Jun 25, 2018 1:00:00 PM
When the outdoor temperature reaches 80° F, emergency departments (ED) and the emergency personnel brace themselves--yes, "trauma season" is upon us. Many summertime activities result in calls to 911, and EMS personnel must be prepared for what they might encounter.

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Topics: EMS

Preparing Your EMS Kit for Natural Disasters

Posted by Graham Medical on Jun 22, 2018 2:00:00 PM

For many, there appears to be an onslaught of natural disasters happening in countries on the other side of the globe as well as our own backyards. It doesn’t matter how you get your news updates—you can watch it on TV, scroll through a website online, or turn to a podcast—natural disasters are reported across the globe and appear more to be frequent than in past years.

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Topics: EMS

EMS PTSD Statistics

Posted by Graham Medical on May 16, 2018 11:00:00 AM

When we think of emergency personnel, a number comes to mind. 1st on the scene, 1st to respond, 1st line of defense. These number ones reflect the vital roles played by police, firefighters, EMTs and paramedics. Seen as figures of authority, strength, and bravery in our communities, our first responders can seem invincible.

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Topics: EMS

The Cold Hard Facts on Traumatic Shock

Posted by Graham Medical on May 9, 2018 3:00:00 PM

As Ryan Gerecht, MD, CMTE, delineated in this JEMS Article, traumatic shock is defined as inadequate blood supply to end organs due to blood loss, with the physiological consequences of hypovolemia, and hypotension. The resulting poor oxygen supply to vital organs can cause lactic acidosis (defined as an arterial pH of less than 7.35). In turn, coagulation and body temperature become deregulated in an environment of acidosis. In a continuing vicious cycle, hypothermia will then add to the poor response of platelets and clotting factors, causing hemorrhage to become worse.

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Topics: EMS Blankets