The Graham Response

Why It Is Important to Keep Trauma Patients Warm During Resuscitation

Posted by Graham Medical on Jan 28, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Resuscitation is required whenever a patient is unable to breath or their heart stops beating. This may be due to a medical condition such as a heart attack or a result of trauma caused by an accident. While cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is essential, hypothermia may occur, especially in instances of trauma, and exacerbate the patient's condition, leading to long term complications and even death. EMS personnel need to be cognizant of this risk, and if there's any indication of hypothermia, take immediate steps to warm the patient.

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Topics: EMS Blankets, medical blankets

How EMS Health Impacts EMS Retention

Posted by Graham Medical on Jan 16, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Many EMS services report difficulties attracting and retaining EMTs and paramedics. The rate of attrition varies across services, but there are several common factors including emotional and physical wellbeing. These factors contribute towards high voluntary EMS turnover.

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Topics: EMS Health

Common Injuries in Winter Emergency Care

Posted by Graham Medical on Jan 9, 2019 10:00:00 AM

 Winter brings a thrilling, brisk feeling with a chill in the air and fresh coatings of snow and ice. Skiers rejoice as untouched white powder begins to coat the slopes and children dream of new snow creations, while daily commuters start to break out the shovel. Winter can mean different things to different people, but to emergency service personnel it will always mean a new round of winter accidents and new challenges in winter emergency care.

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Topics: EMS, EMS Blankets

Why All EMTs and Paramedics Should Get the Flu Shot

Posted by Graham Medical on Jan 3, 2019 10:00:00 AM

The annual flu season is just around the corner and as an EMT or paramedic you are more than likely to come in contact with someone who has the flu. This is especially true considering information released by the CDC shows a gradual increase that indicates the 2018-2019 season is almost upon us. It's time to get your flu shot if you haven't already done so, since you are the first line of infection prevention.

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Topics: EMS Health, Infection Prevention

A List of Emergency Medical Supplies for Infection Prevention

Posted by Graham Medical on Dec 20, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Infection prevention starts in the field with emergency care and trauma treatment. Emergency medical care typically brings you to patients in a less-than-sterile environment, with exposure to germs and bacteria that you cannot control. Fortunately, there are areas you that you can control too, such as wearing personal protective equipment and taking measures to protect the equipment you use daily, whether onsite or back at your transport unit.

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How Dragging Patients Protects EMTs and Paramedics

Posted by Graham Medical on Dec 12, 2018 10:00:00 AM

According to the CDC, emergency medical technicians (EMT) and paramedics experience significantly more injuries than the general workforce. A significant portion are lower back injuries as a result of lifting, moving and handling incapacitated patients.

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Topics: EMS Health

Coping with Active Shooter Situations: Tips for First Responders

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

The incidence of stress disorders among first responders is significantly higher than the national average. Our recent blog about EMS post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) reveals that 34 percent of EMS personnel were diagnosed as suffering from PTSD at one time or other. This statistic is from a University of Phoenix survey of 2,000 paramedics, firefighters, police officers and nurses. This information supports earlier work from the National Center for PTSD that 33 percent of survivors from mass shooting incidents develop acute stress disorders (ASD).

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Topics: EMS Health

What You Need for Active Shooter Response

Posted by Graham Medical on Nov 15, 2018 11:00:00 AM

The FBI recently reported that there were 30 active shooter incidents in the U.S. in 2017, up from 20 in 2016. These FBI statistics show that there's an upward trend in the number of incidents each year, with 2018 being no exception. Because the number and severity of these incidents are increasing, it's imperative you consider what to do if faced with an active shooter incident.

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Topics: EMS

Who is Chief Pulvermacher: The MegaMover® Tactical Visionary

Posted by Graham Medical on Nov 5, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Shooting and mass casualties - it feels like it's becoming a "when", not "if", it could happen in your town. For Fire Chief Joe Pulvermacher, it has happened twice in his small community already. A man in a bulletproof vest outside Milwaukee, WI charged into a third-floor room at the Comfort Suites, shoots his girlfriend and three others before surrendering - two did not survive. A Sikh temple prepares for lunch, as a domestic terrorist walks through the doors, shooting indiscriminately, killing six and wounding three people across this 17,000 square foot facility.

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Topics: MegaMover®

Capt. Wright Lends His Expertise to the MegaMover

Posted by Graham Medical on Oct 25, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Mass casualties equal mass victims. There never seems to be enough first responders to meet patient needs. While we cannot yet prevent these mass incidents, we can help prepare with the right training and equipment.

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Topics: MegaMover®, EMS Patient Transport