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"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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Apply to Attend the 2016 Fisdap Research SummitBy Nora Vanni

October 5, 2015

Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Research Summit! Attending the Research Summit gives you an excellent opportunity to work with research experts, statisticians, and programmers on a research project that can drive evidence-based changes in EMS education. Many of the research projects that begin at the Research Summit go on to win awards and be published in national research journals.

2016 Virtual User Meeting - September WebinarBy Genghis Philip

September 30, 2015

It's that time of year again: our September webinar was a digital version of our annual User Meeting, our "state of the union" from Fisdap President Mike Johnson that's held each year at the NAEMSE Symposium.

If you couldn't make it to Nashville this year, or just want a refresher of all of Fisdap's latest releases, updates, and plans for the future, tune into the webinar recording below.

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