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New Airway Added: KING LTBy Rachael Rosen

January 5, 2009

Several regions throughout the U.S. have been using the KING LT airway, so we have added it to the list of airways in the Skills Tracker. If you would like to see other skills or procedures added, please let us know.

Instructors, Earn Discounted FISDAP Testing for Your Students

FISDAP needs cardiology multiple-choice questions for our next EMT-Basic exam. This is an opportunity for you to earn FISDAP Rewards points for your program. For every test question that you submit, you will earn two FISDAP Rewards points. For each question that is approved by peer review, you will receive an additional four points! To view your current FISDAP Rewards status, go to the MyFISDAP page, and click the thermometer icon.

Customer Service

January 1, 2009
"I believe one essence of what we do in modern emergency care is we serve people. And it's not just work with tubes and IV lines and other things. It's taking care of people." In this episode, Jim Augustine describes a tragic bus accident and the complex recovery plan that followed, illustrating why such recovery efforts are a vital part of emergency care.
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Male Injury

January 1, 2009
"What I see was a mix of emotions all in one. It was very hilarious internally. It was very painful to look at. And very shocking, all at the same time." Chad Pore takes a look at "the other side" of the EMS profession as he remembers a male patient who had gotten himself into an embarrassing and painful situation.
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The Patient's Advocate

January 1, 2009
"If you consider each and every patient, each and every day, as someone you love during that fifteen, thirty, forty-five minutes that you take care of 'em, they have a greater chance of survival. They have a greater chance for a life that they may not have had if it was just: 'This is another person I have to put on the back-board'; 'This is another piece of meat that I start an IV in.'" In this podcast, Bob Waddell shares some insights about the importance of really caring for your patients and for yourself.
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You Saved My Life One Night

January 1, 2009
"To me, I put up with her being really nasty and I gave the medications I was supposed to and got her feeling a little better to go to the hospital, and that was all I did. But to her it was life-saving." This story from Dan Limmer reveals how the impact of emergency care on a patient's life may be greater than you think.
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Back at the Basics

December 1, 2008
"The electrical defibrillation did exactly what it was supposed to do: it stopped his heart. So we had to stop the ambulance, get him up on the crew bench, and we had two cardiac arrests at the same time." When his partner was accidentally shocked during an arrest call, Bob Waddell had to figure out how to handle a complex and chaotic situation. Click below to hear the rest of the story.
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Side Curtain Airbags

December 1, 2008
"They rolled the vehicle when a car came into their lane. ... They didn't have a cut. They weren't hurt. They didn't go to the doctor. They didn't need an ambulance transport." Dave Long discusses how new side curtain airbag technology can drastically reduce the injuries sustained in both side-impact collisions and rollovers.
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Unanswered Questions

December 1, 2008
"I think that lots of times when we're out in the field we have a lot of unanswered questions. Patients come to us and are on certain types of medications. They may have disease and illnesses that you really don't know much about." In this podcast, Baxter Larmon points out a couple of online resources that should help you answer those questions.
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