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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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December 1, 2008
"The patient gave every indication that she was still breathing, and her skin was pink. But she quite obviously had some head injury. And it looked like the horse had kicked her or somehow she'd fallen and gotten stepped on." As a student, Daryl Doering was called to a farm to treat a unresponsive woman in a horse stall. But things weren't quite what they seemed. Click below to hear the rest of the story.
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New Report: Observed Team LeadsBy Rachael Rosen

November 5, 2008

The FISDAP Observed Team Lead Report helps students and instructors determine why students may be getting credit for "observing" Team Leads rather than "performing" them. Check out this new Workbench Report in the Reports section, and let us know what you think!

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Airplane Crash

November 1, 2008
"The training that I'd been trained kicked right in. Didn't have any questions or problems or anything like that. And so it turned out to be a great experience all around!" David Warf tells Sarah Desombre about working as a young firefighter in the aviation industry.
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