The Graham Response

Focusing on Fitness For First Responders

Posted by Graham Medical on Oct 22, 2019 10:00:00 AM

People often look upon first responders as heroic. They rush towards danger when other people might run away. And the physical demands of being a first responder are undeniable. First responders are in charge of patient maneuvering debris, breaking down barriers, and patient transport. There's even a type of "carry" named after the fireman. 

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Topics: EMS, EMS Health

The Latest on EMS PTSD Statistics

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

First responders such as EMS personnel, firefighters and law enforcement officers often deal with disturbing scenes when attending to accident victims, fires and violent crime. Although trained to deal with trauma, these tragedies inevitably affect you, especially in the aftermath when you start to process your feelings. Many people experience feelings of anger, helplessness, anxiety and guilt from what they have seen and their perceived inability to adequately help. Additionally, a significant percentage develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a condition that's debilitating and difficult to treat. To compound the issue, few EMS services cover treatment costs, time off and workman's compensation for PTSD. Fortunately, this antiquated view is changing and numerous states have, or are enacting, legalization providing workman's compensation for PTSD.

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Topics: EMS, EMS Health

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

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

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

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

First Responder PTSD Support: Florida Leads the Way

Posted by Graham Medical on Apr 16, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can be a serious issue for many first responders. This Washington, DC newscast references a University of Pheonix commissioned survey which reports that 80% of firefighters experienced exposure to a traumatic event, and the numbers for police and EMTs is even higher with over 90% reporting exposure to trauma. This extensive trauma exposure has consequences, with 33% of first responders surveyed reporting that they had been formally diagnosed with a mental health disorder, such as PTSD. Florida has recently passed legislation to help deal with this issue.

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Topics: EMS, EMS Health