Many professionals believe the emergency medical services (EMS) industry has hit an impasse with industry-wide budget cuts, falling wages, and staffing cuts. However, during this difficult time, a new paradigm has emerged: the mobile care program concept. Such a program essentially prevents patients with chronic illness from costly emergency room visits. Learn more about the management and system requirements needed to help mobile care programs become the catalyst for change in EMS.
The number of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is on the rise. The CDC reports that 1 in 50 U.S. schoolchildren are diagnosed with ASD, which means more than 1 million children are diagnosed with some form of the neurodevelopment disorder. Considering a person with autism is seven times more likely than a non-autistic individual to need the service of responders, first responders must be prepared to encounter an autistic individual during an emergency situation. In recognition of April as Autism Awareness Month, here are some tips for how emergency responders can adjust response techniques.
Throughout the United States, many individuals receive first aid training so they know how to handle very basic emergencies. First aid classes are extremely beneficial for training the public about emergency care. In addition to such training, it is also important for first aid and CPR instructors to take the opportunity to explain the overall structure of emergency medical services (EMS) and the emergency system as a whole to these students.
Working in a 911 call center is stressful. The pace is nonstop and it can be overwhelming even for seasoned and resilient emergency dispatchers. Local and state governments have a responsibility to make sure that professional mental healthcare providers are available to serve not only police officers, firefighters and paramedics, but also 911 call takers and emergency dispatchers.
By Dr. Shana Nicholson, faculty member, Emergency and Disaster Management at American Military University
Firefighters and rescue personnel pull on bunker gear and pack up. We cut the cars, start the IVs, push the drugs, save the babies, and hold the hands of our patients and their families.
By Anthony S. Mangeri, faculty member, Emergency and Disaster Management Program at American Military University
On October 8, Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person ever diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, died at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas where he was being treated. This first case of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) being diagnosed in the U.S.
By James McLaughlin
One of the few times the community interacts with its fire department, other than during an emergency situation, is at city or town council meetings during budget season. The topics of such meetings range from requests for equipment and apparatus purchases to discussions of code enforcement issues and complaints.