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Discuss Cognitive load theory for the design of medical simulations with the PCRF Journal Club

February 2, 2016

Join the Prehospital Care Research Forum (PCRF) as we discuss "Cognitive load theory for the design of medical simulations," by Kristin L. Fraser, MD, Paul Ayres, PhD, and John Sweller, PhD.

Megan Corry will join Dave Page in co-facilitating our discussion this month. Register now to attend at:

Sponsored by the Prehospital Care Research Forum (PCRF) and facilitated by Fisdap, the PCRF Journal Club is a live podcast series featuring round-table discussions of new EMS research.

Happy Holidays!

December 21, 2015

Happy Holidays!

Warm wishes from our Fisdap family to yours.

The Fisdap office will be closed on December 24, 25, 31, and January 1.

"Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in Ohio EMS Providers" - PCRF Journal Club

December 15, 2015
This month, PCRF fellow Megan Corry led our discussion of a study examining the prevalence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) among emergency medical service (EMS) personnel in Ohio and the associated risk factors.
"Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in Ohio EMS Providers: A Statewide Cross-sectional Study," by Robert C. Orellana MPH, Armando E. Hoet DVM, PhD, Christopher Bell MPH, Christina Kelley RN, MPH, Bo Lu PhD, Sarah E. Anderson PhD & Kurt B. Stevenson MD, MPH, published online in October 2015 in Prehospital Emergency Care.

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2015 AHA Guidelines Updates Implemented in EMS ReferenceBy Jennifer Berry

December 2, 2015

The American Heart Association released its 2015 Guidelines Update for CPR & ECC in October. The update is largely based on the topics addressed by the 2015 ILCOR evidence review, which means many clinical topics remain unchanged from 2010 and some changes are merely clarifications of existing guidelines.

The EMS Reference strives to be clinically relevant at all times; therefore, we have updated the Cardiac Arrest Management for ALS Providers and Cardiac Arrest Management Top 10 articles to reflect current AHA Guidelines. EMS students are encouraged to look to the National Registry of EMTs website to determine which guidelines will be used during the cognitive and psychomotor exam.

Office Closed for Thanksgiving (11/26 - 11/27)By Nora Vanni

November 26, 2015

Fisdap turkey robotThe Fisdap office is closed Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th for Thanksgiving. We'll be back in the office on Monday!

We hope you and your loved ones have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Is the Supine Position Associated with Loss of Airway Patency? - PCRF Journal Club

November 9, 2015
This month, PCRF fellow Megan Corry and Dr. Lawrence Brown, Director of Research Education at UT Austin, led our discussion of a recent systematic review to investigate whether the supine position is associated with loss of airway patency as compared to the lateral position.
"Is the supine position associated with loss of airway patency in unconscious trauma patients? A systematic review and meta-analysis," by Per Kristian Hyldmo, Gunn E Vist, Anders Christian Feyling, Leif Rognås, Vidar Magnusson, Mårten Sandberg, and Eldar Søreide, was published July 2015 in the Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine.

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How to Share Schedules - October WebinarBy Genghis Philip

October 29, 2015

Do multiple schools in your area use the same ambulance service or hospital? Did you know that you can all share the same calendar to avoid double booking?

For our October webinar, we dove into shared Scheduler. Watch the recording to learn about creating, maintaining, and administering sharing networks in Fisdap.

Canadian EMS Research Agenda & Magnesium Sulfate as Neuroprotection - PCRF Journal Club

October 21, 2015
This month, PCRF fellow Megan Corry and PCRF Director David Page led our discussion of two studies: a feasibility study mixed-methods study on the state of EMS research in Canada and a study on the use of magnesium sulfate as neuroprotection in the prehospital setting.

Read the studies and follow along with the podcast discussion:

"The Canadian National EMS Research Agenda: Impact and Feasibility of Implementation of Previously Generated Recommendations," published September 2015 in the Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine.

"Prehospital Use of Magnesium Sulfate as Neuroprotection in Acute Stroke," published February 2015 in New England Journal of Medicine.

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