Open Airways

As EMS responders, we witness life events that are both tragic and inspiring. Our experiences reveal the strength of the human spirit and motivate us to achieve greater heights.

Open Airways is a project to collect and record an oral, EMS history. In an ongoing series of podcasts, EMS providers share their most meaningful cases -- sometimes with humor and always with compassion. We hope these stories will improve our practice and inspire a new generation of caregivers.

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Training Materials

December 13, 2010
"Someone had a seizure in the front yard; the person that handled it would not have known what to do if they had not gone through this training." Tia Simmons, Tom McCarrier and Gary McLean from the Epilepsy Foundation tell FISDAP's Liz Neerland about a new program to help train EMS personnel how to better deal with seizure disorders.
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December 6, 2010
"Through a combination of fear and old, now-outdated adages we fail to manage pain on a large portion of our population who are in significant distress."  EMS educator William Pitt discusses the under-treatment of acute abdominal pain and how new research gives paramedics the green light to use pain management for  abdominal pain.
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Extremely Rewarding

November 30, 2010
"We tend to complain a lot, sometimes. But the truth of the matter is we're truly in heaven compared to some other places around earth." Jaime Charfen tells Liz about his work providing continuing education training to EMS providers in Mexico and across Latin America.
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On the Floor

November 22, 2010
"I like to give 'em an action plan of like, ok, when you bring Grandma home these are some things you'd better switch up around the house or we're gonna be back tomorrow or next week..." EMS educator Greg Friese shares his passion for working with patients who have fallen and for fall prevention.
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We're in this Box

November 15, 2010

"You start as a paramedic and then nobody's quite sure what's in between there and the chief.  Everybody knows the top and the bottom, but in-between is ill-defined; and sometimes there is no in-between." EMS chief Skip Kirkwood explores some of the challenges to career advancement in EMS, and discusses what we can do as an industry and as individuals to overcome those challenges.
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