Suicide: An EMS epidemic

An astounding 37% of the respondents contemplated suicide.

Self-assessment

The NAEMT Safety Course contains information that may serve as a basis for developing tool suitable for self-assessment or use by a manager.

Over the counter encounters

Serious issues regarding over the counter drugs (OCTs) have arisen. This article contains suggestions on how to use OTCs more safely.

POCUS

It is estimated that Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) is currently in use by 4.1% of EMS agencies and 21.7% are considering implementation.

Mental health considerations

Nine essential elements for driver safety programs.

A culture of safety

Injury prevention will not occur unless those in harms way exercise vigilance and acquire the skills to protect themselves.

EMS safe driving tips

EMS personnel are 2.5 times more likely to die in a crash than other workers. Roughly 70% of fatal crashes occur while running hot.

Liability issues with ride alongs

The decision to have ride-alongs requires due diligence that considers the risks and benefits of such activities.

On the job alertness, fatigue and performance in EMS

Sustained performance as it may be affected by degraded levels of alertness, drowsiness and fatigue.

Opioids

The United States is experiencing an opioid crisis that has clinical and safety implications for EMS.