Monthly Archives: February 2018

When the Pump Fails: Heart Failure

SS of When the Pump Fails Heart FailureLeft sided heart failure, right sided, congestive heart failure, advanced heart failure, systolic, diastolic… and don’t forget what the kidneys do to make things worse!  Whew!  No wonder heart failure can be a dreaded topic for EMS.  However, we’re offering a CE to help clarify the confusion and dig deep into the what’s and why’s of the heart failure patient, their medications, and how we can optimize their care in the prehospital setting.  Click on the “more” link below to expand the page and find the link for the educational material.

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Controlling Chaos: Prehospital Care of the Seizure Patient

SS for Controlling ChaosThere are many causes for altered mental status and just as many causes of seizures… some related, some not.  This CE explores both and goes in depth in the role of the GABA and glutamate receptors.  They are not only the major receptors involved in regulating neural activity, but we target GABA receptors with our prehospital medications. The education also takes a look at the common benzodiazepines used to control most seizures, and why delays to treatment can cause harm.  Click on the “more” link below to access the educational pdf and more.

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Potent Poppies: Opioids in the Prehospital Setting

SS for Potent PoppiesFentanyl and morphine… the meat n’ potatoes of a paramedic’s analgesia toolbox.  But, how well do you understand how these drugs work in the body?  Why does fentanyl kick in quicker, but doesn’t last as long as morphine?  How do you manage unusual situations, such as a patient with cancer taking more milligrams of morphine each day than you carry in the box?  Can you help her through the breakthrough pain?  And what’s this methadone stuff?  Click on the “more” link below to find the link to the pdf education, learn, and earn some CE in the process — hint: NREMT recerts using the 2016 curricula… you need the Toxicological Emergencies credit, don’t ya?

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A Crash Course in Ambulance Safety

SS of a Crash Course in Ambulance SafetyAn ambulance crash should be on no one’s bucket list, but they still happen far too often in our profession.  This education explores the facts, the “8 minute response” rule, and what we can do to prevent the unnecessary injury and death.  The CE can be used towards your NREMT Operations: Ambulance Safety core needs.  Although it takes a peek at UMC EMS’ policies on ambulance safety, keep in your own agency’s policies and culture of safety in the back of your mind.  Your ideas can prevent the next injury or death. Click on the “more” link below to find the education link and other important information.

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