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Avoiding Social Media Landmines for EMS Providers

Social media has evolved into a regular part of how our society shares information, opinions, and perspectives. By some measures, it has become the primary method used many members of society to express themselves altogether. This course examines our tendency to express our stressors through social media and the implications it can have that are specific to EMS providers. We’ll also examine best practices for both EMS department social media accounts as well as personal EMS provider accounts.

Course Type: Full-length Course

Course Duration: 60 min

Back Safety in EMS

?Lifting patients onto stretchers for transport is a common occurrence in EMS. Unfortunately, lifts performed improperly can lead to EMS providers getting hurt. In this course, we'll discuss the potential hazards from finding patients in hard to reach locations and the need for utilizing proper lifting techniques to prevent injury.

Course Type: Full-length Course

Course Duration: 60 min

Bloodborne and Airborne Pathogens for First Responders

As a first responder, you may encounter varying types of bloodborne and airborne pathogens. It is necessary to be prepared for these circumstances so that you are better equipped to protect yourself and others and help to stop the spread of potentially dangerous pathogens. This course will discuss bloodborne and airborne pathogens, including the use of personal protective equipment and controlling exposure.

Course Type: Full-length Course

Course Duration: 60 min

Cardiac Emergencies in the Pre-Hospital Setting

This course will discuss treating cardiac emergencies in the pre-hospital environment. Topics discussed include predicting patient flow, the cardiovascular system, pit crew CPR, cardiac arrest strategies, cardiac arrest drugs, dysrhythmia, ACLS, what to do if the rhythm is too slow or too fast, and other cardio vascular diseases.

Course Type: Full-length Course

Course Duration: 60 min

Chokeholds, Ketamine, and Prone Positioning: The Legal and Medical Implications for EMS Practitioners

Recent societal events have focused on misconduct by law enforcement and improper use of chokeholds and other restraint mechanisms. But police officers are not the only ones who may act improperly, causing harm to others. It happens in EMS agencies, too! This dynamic and thought-provoking session will discuss the legal liability and the untoward medical effects of physical and chemical restraints. In this course, you'll hear from two legal and clinical experts as they address the challenging “dual role” of the EMS practitioner in ensuring both patient and bystander safety and at the same time remaining an ardent patient advocate when dealing with difficult patients or persons in custody.

Course Type: Full-length Course

Course Duration: 60 min

Chokeholds, Ketamine, and Prone Positioning: The Legal and Medical Implications for EMS Practitioners

Recent societal events have focused on misconduct by law enforcement and improper use of chokeholds and other restraint mechanisms. But police officers are not the only ones who may act improperly, causing harm to others. It happens in EMS agencies, too! This dynamic and thought-provoking session will discuss the legal liability and the untoward medical effects of physical and chemical restraints. In this course, you'll hear from two legal and clinical experts as they address the challenging “dual role” of the EMS practitioner in ensuring both patient and bystander safety and at the same time remaining an ardent patient advocate when dealing with difficult patients or persons in custody.

Course Type: Full-length Course

Course Duration: 60 min

CPAP and Capnography: A Dynamic Duo

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure or CPAP is a BLS and ALS tools that can save lives, reduce hospitalization times, and provide better patient management in the field. This presentation provides a history of CPAP, overview of patient selection criteria, standards of care, assessment, application of CPAP in the field and transition of care to the Emergency Department. Disposable CPAP devices and use of capnography with the application and titration of CPAP promise to increase utilization and improve patient outcomes.

Course Type: Full-length Course

Course Duration: 60 min

Crew Resource Management

Crew Resource Management (CRM) or non-technical skills are the social, cognitive, and personal resource skills that complement a worker's technical skills. Initially developed in the air transport industry, CRM training has been adopted by all branches of the United States military and is being integrated into both the medical and emergency services.

Course Type: Full-length Course

Course Duration: 60 min

E-CPR, VADs and ECMO: Oh My!

In this webinar, learners will be introduced to extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and its broad applications. It is a well-established therapy, and its use is becoming more widespread. Most tertiary facilities have ECMO programs and capability. EMS personnel could be called on to transport these critically ill patients, and this lecture provides a broad overview. ECMO has been used in the field as a resuscitative adjunct. In the future, it is possible that some centers in the United States may consider this option. In this course, Dr. Misselbeck also provides a provocative look at the potential of this emerging technology for the future.

Course Type: Full-length Course

Course Duration: 60 min

Effectively Managing Conflict Resolution

The EMS way tends to be “That is how we have always done it.” This most dangerous statement illustrates to not change anything, do what you are told, and be quiet. Are we still doing things this way and, if so, why? Our world is ever evolving, and things need to change, but that means working out our differences. Let’s talk about the everyday conflict we encounter and make things more "fluid" to let this change take place.

Course Type: Full-length Course

Course Duration: 60 min

EMS During Civil Disobedience Events

Events involving demonstrations and protests disrupt normal EMS operations and require a coordinated medical response with properly trained and oriented personnel who can move on a moment’s notice and in accordance with a special command and control structure. Planning and capabilities to support Civil Disobedience Units and other law enforcement assets during these special events require a high level of coordination between all public safety entities and the medical system. Traditional EMS training does not account for operating in these dangerous and fast-changing environments and is not generally adequate to support these challenging situations. This course will address these differences and how EMS can support the needs of both law enforcement and the entire community during civil disturbances and unrest.

Course Type: Full-length Course

Course Duration: 60 min