Unitek EMT’s First Aid Series #2

Unitek EMT’s First Aid Series #2

Imagine being so cold that you actually start to feel incredibly, irrationally hot. This is what can happen during the final stages of hypothermia. Unfortunately, some people do not recognize the signs until it’s too late—confusion is one possible symptom of hypothermia.

At Unitek EMT, we recently started a series that examines specific conditions, provides relevant information, and reviews what should typically be done until EMS workers arrive.1 In this second installment, we’re going to take a look at hypothermia and the havoc it wreaks in the human body.

We’ve taken our information directly from a website called the Mayo Clinic. They are a nonprofit organization committed to clinical practice, education and research, and providing expert care to those who need healing.

Now, let’s delve a little deeper into hypothermia…

Unitek EMT’s First Aid Series #2

What Is Hypothermia?

According to the Mayo Clinic, hypothermia is a “medical emergency that occurs when your body loses heat faster than it can produce heat, causing a dangerously low body temperature.” Normal body temperature tends to fall around 98.6 F (37 C). Hypothermia can occur if your temperature drops below 95 F (35 C).

So, what exactly happens when your temperature falls? In short, your heart, nervous system, and other organs can no longer operate in a normal fashion. When left untreated, hypothermia may lead to heart failure and even death.

The following are some situations that could lead to hypothermia:

  • Wearing clothes that aren’t warm enough for current weather conditions
  • Staying out in the cold too long
  • Being unable to get out of wet clothes or move to a warm, dry location
  • Falling into water (i.e. a boating accident)
  • Living in a house that’s too cold, either from poor heating or too much air conditioning

How Do You Recognize Hypothermia?

The Mayo Clinic cites shivering as the first symptom you’ll likely notice when your temperature drops. It’s your body’s instinctive response to plummeting temperatures. In other words, your body attempts to warm itself.

Signs and symptoms of hypothermia may include:

  • Shivering
  • Slurred speech or mumbling
  • Slow, shallow breathing
  • Weak pulse
  • Clumsiness or lack of coordination
  • Drowsiness or very low energy
  • Confusion or memory loss
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Bright red, cold skin (in infants)

It’s important to remember that someone with hypothermia may not be aware of their condition because the symptoms are often gradual. Additionally, confusion or memory loss—two possible symptoms—can prevent self-awareness and lead to risky behavior.

How Do You Provide First Aid for Hypothermia?

Call your local emergency number if you think someone has hypothermia. According to the Mayo Clinic, you should then take these steps before EMS workers arrive:

“Gently move the person inside if possible. Jarring movements can trigger dangerous irregular heartbeats. Carefully remove his or her wet clothing, replacing it with warm, dry coats or blankets.”

How Do You Prevent Hypothermia?

The best thing you can do is ensure that you stay warm in cold weather. Remembering this simple acronym may help you in the future—COLD, or cover, overexertion, layers, and dry. The Mayo Clinic breaks down what each part means: 

+ Cover. “Wear a hat or other protective covering to prevent body heat from escaping from your head, face and neck. Cover your hands with mittens instead of gloves.”

+ Overexertion. “Avoid activities that would cause you to sweat a lot. The combination of wet clothing and cold weather can cause you to lose body heat more quickly.”

+ Layers. “Wear loose fitting, layered, lightweight clothing. Outer clothing made of tightly woven, water-repellent material is best for wind protection. Wool, silk or polypropylene inner layers hold body heat better than cotton does.”

+ Dry. “Stay as dry as possible. Get out of wet clothing as soon as possible. Be especially careful to keep your hands and feet dry, as it’s easy for snow to get into mittens and boots.”

For more information about hypothermia—including child safety and winter car safety—be sure to check out the Mayo Clinic section that’s dedicated to this particular condition. It’s easier than you might think to develop hypothermia!

A Brief Overview of Unitek EMT

At Unitek EMT, we strive to prepare aspiring Emergency Medical Technicians by providing them with EMT training and an accelerated EMT program. Experts in the EMS field educate our students through a combination of traditional learning, simulation training, and workshop-style classes.

Additionally, we offer a program with several variations to better accommodate our students. These include a 14-Day Boot Camp2 at our Fremont Campus in Northern California, and a modified version of the Boot Camp at our facility in Chandler, Arizona. If you’d like more information, please contact us toll free at 888-790-1458.

Help save lives with Unitek EMT!

 

 

1 Unitek EMT provides this information for general interest only, not as medical advice.

2 Our 14-Day EMT Program in AZ and the 14-Day on-ground portion of the EMT Program in CA are taught in an intensive “boot camp” style, to simulate the fast pace of work expected on the job as an EMT. The California EMT Program also includes online instructional hours.

Unitek EMT’s First Aid Series

Unitek EMT’s First Aid Series

Have you ever wondered what happens to the body during a seizure? At Unitek EMT, we’re starting a new series that aims to answer questions like this one.1 In each segment, we’ll look into a specific event, provide relevant information, and review what should typically be done until EMS workers arrive.

For today’s segment, we’ve taken information directly from a helpful website called Mayo Clinic. They are a nonprofit organization committed to clinical practice, education and research, and providing expert care to those who need healing.

Now, let’s take a closer look at seizures…

What Is a Seizure?

Unitek EMT’s First Aid Series

According to Mayo Clinic, a seizure is “a sudden, uncontrolled electrical disturbance in the brain.” Some have even referred to seizures as electrical storms of the brain. They can alter your behavior, movements, feelings, or consciousness. Mayo Clinic also notes that you may have a condition called epilepsy if you experience a) two or more seizures or b) a tendency to have recurrent seizures.

There are various types of seizures, and they range in severity. They’re usually categorized by how and where they occur in the brain. On average, most seizures will last between thirty seconds and two minutes. Mayo Clinic states that a seizure lasting longer than five minutes is a medical emergency.

In truth, seizures may be more common than you think. Though the cause of a seizure is often unknown, they can occur after a stroke, a closed head injury, or an infection such as meningitis. Other possible contributors may include a high fever, lack of sleep, certain medications, brain tumor, alcohol abuse, or recreational drugs.

How Do You Recognize a Seizure?

According to Mayo Clinic, “signs and symptoms can range from mild to severe and vary depending on the type of seizure.” Doctors commonly classify seizures as focal or generalized, a categorization that depends on how and where abnormal brain activity begins. However, if they don’t have this information, seizures might be classified as unknown onset.

The following are potential signs and symptoms:

  • Temporary confusion
  • A staring spell
  • Uncontrollable jerking movements of the arms and legs
  • Loss of consciousness or awareness
  • Cognitive or emotional symptoms, such as fear, anxiety, or déjà vu (the feeling that you have already seen or experienced something before)

When Should You See a Doctor?

Mayo Clinic advises that you seek immediate medical assistance if you experience a seizure for the first time or if any of the following occurs:

  • The seizure lasts more than five minutes
  • Breathing or consciousness doesn’t return after the seizure stops
  • A second seizure immediately follows the first
  • You have a high fever
  • You’re experiencing heat exhaustion
  • You’re pregnant
  • You have diabetes
  • You’ve injured yourself during the seizure

How Do You Provide First Aid for Seizures?

It’s critical that you know what to do if someone else has a seizure. On the flip side, if you are the one at risk of having seizures, give this information to family, friends, or co-workers in case you experience one around them.

To help someone during a seizure, take these steps before EMS workers arrive:

  1. Carefully roll the person onto one side
  2. Place something soft under their head
  3. Loosen tight neckwear
  4. Avoid putting your fingers or other objects in the person’s mouth
  5. Don’t try to restrain someone who is having a seizure
  6. Clear away dangerous objects if the person is moving
  7. Stay with the person until first responders arrive
  8. Observe the person closely so that you can provide details on what happened
  9. Time the seizure
  10. Stay calm

For more information about seizures—including diagnosis/treatment and departments/specialties—be sure to check out the Mayo Clinic section that’s dedicated to this particular condition.

A Brief Overview of Unitek EMT

At Unitek EMT, we strive to prepare aspiring Emergency Medical Technicians by providing them with EMT training and an accelerated EMT program. Experts in the EMS field educate our students through a combination of traditional learning, simulation training, and workshop-style classes.

Additionally, we offer a program with several variations to better accommodate our students. These include a 14-Day Boot Camp2 at our Fremont Campus in Northern California, and a modified version of the Boot Camp at our facility in Chandler, Arizona. If you’d like more information, please contact us toll free at 888-790-1458.

Help save lives with Unitek EMT!

 

1 Unitek EMT provides this information for general interest only, not as medical advice.

2 Our 14-Day EMT Program in AZ and the 14-Day on-ground portion of the EMT Program in CA are taught in an intensive “boot camp” style, to simulate the fast pace of work expected on the job as an EMT. The California EMT Program also includes online instructional hours.

A Look at Emergency Medical Services in Australia

A Look at Emergency Medical Services in Australia

Welcome to another installment of our exploratory series: A Look at EMS in Different Countries! Previously, we looked at EMS in the United Kingdom, Japan, and Spain. Today we’re going to shift our focus toward Australia.

As with the other segments in this series, we’ve taken our information from a source called Trek Medics International. According to their website, Trek Medics is a nongovernmental organization “dedicated to improving emergency medical systems in communities across the globe without reliable access to emergency care through innovative mobile phone technologies.”

Join us for a trip to the Oceania country of Australia…

A Look at Emergency Medical Services in Australia

A Quick Overview of EMS in Australia

When you think of Australia, your mind might conjure beaches, open spaces, and a variety of exotic animals. According to sites like the Observatory of Economic Complexity, Australia is also the world’s leading exporter of iron ore. You might not know about their emergency medical services, though, so let’s start with a brief summary by Trek Medics!

They state that Australia “boasts one of the most advanced ambulance services in the world,” with some of the “most well-trained prehospital providers.” In addition, access to “24-7 emergency services is available across the country, though the Outback clearly presents logistical challenges.”

Below is a breakdown from the Trek Medics database:

+ Paramedic:

  • Will generally hold a Bachelor of Paramedicine with additional training from the designated state ambulance service. Skills include IV access, fluids, laryngoscopy, advanced airways, and S8 analgesia administration.

+ Intensive Care Ambulance (ICP)

  • Additional 1-3 years of training involving a combination of classroom theory, hospital attachments, and on-road component. Additional skills include RSI, advanced cardiac medications, and decompression of tension pneumothorax.

+ Extended Care Paramedic (ECP)

  • Additional 1 year of training in low-acuity paramedicine involving 2-month course run by physicians and hospital placements. Skills include antibiotic prescribing, suturing, and catheterization.

How to Call for Help

In Australia, dial 000 to access emergency medical services. While you can use this number to call for help throughout the country, it’s important to remember that the Outback can be somewhat isolating and potentially pose problems of its own.

Regarding disaster situations, you would still dial 000 from anywhere in the country. According to Trek Medics, “Operators are able to activate a host of additional disaster response services, including State Emergency Service (SES), Fire and Police Rescue, Ambulance Special Operations (SOT), and mobile hospital medical teams.”

EMS Transportation

Trek Medics provides a breakdown for transportation as well. Check it out below!

+ How: Transport is provided by ambulance (typically a Mercedes Sprinter). In remote areas, “transport to base hospitals will be by fixed wing aircraft or helicopter.”

+ Where: Patients are often taken to the closest public hospital. In cases of serious injury, patients would be taken to major trauma centres. Other specialty destinations “include burn, cardiac, and pediatric centers.”

Payment for EMS Assistance

If you’re wondering how you would pay for an ambulance, each Australian state determines the standard cost for ground and air ambulances. According to Trek Medics, though, the general fee will range between AUD $300-$1000. It’s charged directly to the patient unless they are either a) covered by private insurance or b) on a pension.

Common Emergencies

Look out for these ones…

  • Shark attacks
  • Drownings
  • Floods
  • Spider and snake bites

For more information, such as recommended vaccinations and government oversight, be sure to visit Trek Medics before you visit Australia!

About the EMT Program at Unitek EMT

If you’re not familiar with us, Unitek EMT strives to prepare aspiring Emergency Medical Technicians by providing them with an accelerated EMT program. Seasoned professionals educate our students through a combination of traditional learning, simulation training, and workshop-style classes.

Additionally, we offer a program with several variations to better accommodate our students. These include a 14-Day Boot Camp1 at our Fremont Campus in Northern California, and a modified version of the Boot Camp at our facility in Chandler, Arizona.

If you’d like more information, please contact us toll free at 888-790-1458!

 

 

 

1 Our 14-Day EMT Program in AZ and the 14-Day on-ground portion of the EMT Program in CA are taught in an intensive “boot camp” style, to simulate the fast pace of work expected on the job as an EMT. The California EMT Program also includes online instructional hours.

Unitek EMT Looks at Quick and Easy Recipes for EMS Workers

Quick and Easy Recipes for EMS Workers

Unitek EMT Looks at Quick and Easy Recipes for EMS Workers

We all know it can be tough to make dinner after a hectic work day. This is especially true for EMS workers. Sometimes they work long shifts, and other times their non-traditional hours may bleed into lunch or dinner. It’s understandable why so many people order take-out rather than healthier, more time consuming options.

However, there are easy recipes out there! A website called Eating Well has put together a list of 20-minute dinner recipes that are simple yet nutritious. Below we’ve included fourteen of them to help you and your family enjoy some new, excellent meals this week.

Try these satisfying dishes with us…

Fourteen Delicious Dinner Recipes

1. Easy Pea & Spinach Carbonara: “Fresh pasta cooks up faster than dried, making it a must-have for fast weeknight dinners like this luscious yet healthy meal.”

2. Beef & Bean Sloppy Joes: “This healthy copycat recipe of the comfort food classic trades beans for some of the meat to bump up fiber by 7 grams. We also cut back on the sugar and ketchup in this Sloppy Joe recipe makeover.”

3. Classic Sesame Noodles with Chicken: “Classic sesame noodles become a healthy meal with lean chicken and tons of veggies in this quick recipe for Asian noodles.”

4. Spanakopita Scrambled Egg Pitas: “This meatless dinner comes together in only 15 minutes, thanks to the convenience of frozen chopped spinach and crumbled feta.”

5. Walnut-Rosemary Crusted Salmon: “Salmon and walnuts are both great sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Pair this easy salmon recipe with a simple salad and a side of roasted potatoes or quinoa.”

6. Pork & Broccoli Thai Noodle Salad: “Crunchy broccoli slaw—available in most supermarkets near the other coleslaw mixes—is the secret to making this Thai noodle recipe super-fast.”

7. Mozzarella, Basil & Zucchini Frittata: “This vegetable-studded frittata recipe is one of the quickest meals you can make. Make it for breakfast, or serve for lunch or dinner with a tossed salad.”

8. Quick Shrimp Puttanesca: “Because refrigerated fresh pasta cooks much faster than dried pasta, this Italian pasta dish will be on the table lickety-split!”

9. Beef Pad Thai: “We’ve bulked up the serving size of beef pad Thai by adding in lots of healthy veggies like matchstick carrots, snap peas, and scallions.”

10. Japanese Chicken-Scallion Rice Bowl: “Here’s the quintessence of Japanese home cooking: an aromatic, protein-rich broth served over rice.”

11. Skillet Chicken with Cranberries & Apples: “Celebrate the flavors of fall with chicken cooked in a fast apple-cranberry sauce. Serve with quick-cooking wild rice and roasted Brussels sprouts.”

12. Philly Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes: “Two of our favorite comfort-food sandwiches join forces in these family-friendly dinner sandwiches.”

13. Vegan Coconut Chickpea Curry: “To make this 20-minute vegan curry even faster, buy precut veggies from the salad bar at the grocery store. To make it a full, satisfying dinner, serve over cooked brown rice.”

14. One-Pot Greek Pasta: “A little bit of Sunday meal prep goes a long way in this one-dish Mediterranean pasta recipe. The pasta is cooked ahead of time and stored in the fridge to use for meals all week.”

A Quick Overview of Unitek EMT

At Unitek EMT, we strive to prepare aspiring Emergency Medical Technicians by providing them with EMT training and accelerated EMT courses. Experts in the EMS field educate our students through a combination of traditional learning, simulation training, and workshop-style classes.

Additionally, we offer a program with several variations to better accommodate our students. These include a 14-Day Boot Camp1 at our Fremont Campus in Northern California, and a modified version of the Boot Camp at our facility in Chandler, Arizona.

If you’d like more information, please contact us toll free at 888-790-1458!

 

 

 

1 Our 14-Day EMT Program in AZ and the 14-Day on-ground portion of the EMT Program in CA are taught in an intensive “boot camp” style, to simulate the fast pace of work expected on the job as an EMT. The California EMT Program also includes online instructional hours.

A Look at Emergency Medical Services in Spain | Unitek EMT

A Look at Emergency Medical Services in Spain

To kick off 2019, we’ve decided to continue our exploratory series: A Look at EMS in Different Countries! Recently, we looked at EMS in Japan and the United Kingdom, and today we’re going to shift our focus toward Spain. Whether you’re naturally curious or you’d like to know for future travel plans, we hope this information will benefit you down the line!

As with the other segments in this series, we’ve taken our information from a source called Trek Medics International. According to their website, Trek Medics is a 501c3-registered nongovernmental organization (NGO) “dedicated to improving emergency medical systems in communities across the globe without reliable access to emergency care through innovative mobile phone technologies.”

Join us for a trip to the sunny country of Spain…

A Look at Emergency Medical Services in Spain | Unitek EMT

A Brief Overview of EMS in Spain

When you think of Spain, you might picture gorgeous beaches, sunny weather, or flamenco music. You might also think of wine; according to sites like World Atlas, Spain is one of the top wine-producing countries in the world. You might not know about their emergency medical services, though, so let’s delve right into the heart of the matter!

Trek Medics states that “Spain, like France and Germany, relies on a physician-based staff to provide prehospital emergency care, with clinical support from nurses, logistics emergency technicians, and ambulance support staff.” They included the below breakdown in their database:

+ Emergency Physician: University degree in medicine; master of emergency medicine; medical specialty in cardiology, anesthesiology, family medicine, or intensive care medicine

+ Emergency Nurse: University degree in nursing; master of emergency nursing; nursing specialty in community nursing, or medical surgical nursing

+ Emergency Medical Technician: Vocational/community college

+ Patient Transport Assistant: Private courses

How to Call for Emergency Medical Services

In an emergency, dial 112 to access ambulatory services, the police, or fire departments. Previously, 061 was the phone number that people used to request an ambulance in Spain. Now the 061 call centers are being integrated into 112 control centers, which coordinate the dispatching of emergency medical services.

If you’re wondering about other emergency numbers, Trek Medics states that, “prior to efforts by the European Union to streamline emergency communications through 112, Spain used several different numbers which are still accessible.” These include the following:

  • Ambulances: 061
  • Fire Department: 080
  • Police: 091 (to call the Spanish police internationally, dial 91 582 29 00)
  • Civil Guard: 082 (who will contact other appropriate response agencies where required)
  • Domestic/Gender-based Violence: 016
  • Poison Control: 91 562 04 20

EMS Transportation in Spain

According to Trek Medics, Spain’s emergency response system is decentralized and physician led. They offer more information within their database, and we have included some of this information below:

+ Once a person calls 112, the switchboard operator will determine “the nature of the emergency and the location” and send this information to “a dispatching physician at the appropriate call center.”

+ The physician will then speak with the caller to determine the correct response, which can include the following options.

  • Ground Teams, which may send one or more of the below units:
    o Non-emergency ambulance staffed with 1-2 EMTs/first responders
    o Basic Life Support (BLS) staffed with 2-3 EMTs
    o Intermediate Life Support (ILS) staffed by an emergency nurse and 1-2 EMTs
    o Advanced Life Support (ALS)/mobile ICU, staffed with a doctor, emergency nurse, and 1-2 EMTs
    o Inter-hospital transfer vehicle, staffed by a doctor, emergency nurse, and 1-2 EMTs
  • Air Medical (Helicopter Ambulance)
    o Includes a pilot, flight engineer, doctor, emergency nurse, and possibly 1-2 EMTs

For more information, such as common emergencies, recommended vaccinations, and government oversight, be sure to visit Trek Medics before you take your trip!

About the EMT Program at Unitek EMT

If you’re not familiar with us, Unitek EMT strives to prepare aspiring Emergency Medical Technicians by providing them with an accelerated EMT program. Seasoned professionals educate our students through a combination of traditional learning, simulation training, and workshop-style classes.

Additionally, we offer a program with several variations to better accommodate our students. These include a 14-Day Boot Camp1 at our Fremont Campus in Northern California, and a modified version of the Boot Camp at our facility in Chandler, Arizona.

If you’d like more information, please contact us toll free at 888-790-1458!

 

 

 

1 Our 14-Day EMT Program in AZ and the 14-Day on-ground portion of the EMT Program in CA are taught in an intensive “boot camp” style, to simulate the fast pace of work expected on the job as an EMT. The California EMT Program also includes online instructional hours.

A Look Back at EMS in 2018 with Unitek EMT

A Look Back at EMS in 2018

A Look Back at EMS in 2018 with Unitek EMT

We’d like to wish everyone a safe and happy start to 2019! New Year’s is often a time for resolutions, growth, and reflection, and today is no exception. As a call back to one of our previous blog posts, we’re going to reflect on some exceptional EMS stories from the fall of 2018.

These tales were all found on a website called EMS1. If you aren’t familiar with them, EMS1 produces relevant news for the EMS community. They also supply their readers with vital training information, various related services, job listings, and much more. After reading this list, we hope you’ll check them out!

Without further ado, here are some extraordinary EMS stories:

1. Off-duty EMT saves a newlywed on her honeymoon (Dallas, TX): As recounted in this EMS1 story, an EMT was recently reunited with the newlywed he saved while on vacation in Hawaii. Reportedly, Arizona EMT Chad Harkins was relaxing on a beach in Maui when “newlywed Nicki Lewis’s head was slammed into the sand by a large wave… Lewis was paralyzed after her neck was broken in two places.”

Thanks to the quick thinking of Harkins and other first responders, Nicki Lewis was transported to a hospital and continues to recover in present day.

2. Firefighters help deliver a baby after saving a man’s life (Cincinnati, OH): In November of 2018, EMS1 reported that Cincinnati Firefighters not only helped save a life, but they also helped a new one begin.

Around 8 p.m., they rescued a man and a dog trapped within a burning home. Immediately afterward, “a woman ran up to firefighters saying a family member had gone into labor in a house across the street. Firefighters and EMS workers then went to the home and helped deliver a baby girl.”

3. Doctor recalls rushing to treat patients in synagogue shooting (Pittsburgh, PA): During a terrible tragedy at the Tree of Life Synagogue, “Munster native Dr. Leonard Weiss provided a ray of light.” On October 27, 2018, Weiss jumped into action after realizing he had heard gunfire near the Tree of Life temple in Pittsburgh.

Weiss and other first responders worked together at the scene. According to EMS1, he said “the most important thing anyone can do in a time of crisis is help another person.”

4. Paramedics thanked by woman who was shot in the head (Lake Travis, TX): As stated by EMS1, Jaclyn Burden “was shot in the head during a shooting that killed two people.” She has undergone major brain surgery and intense rehabilitation since the shooting, and in October of 2018, she reunited with the paramedics that saved her life.

“I feel like they don’t get thanked enough,” Burden reportedly said.

5. Paramedics aid in Hurricane Michael relief efforts (Panama City, FL): Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue paramedics Michael Gilbert and Thad Bowman went above and beyond the call of duty when they volunteered to go to Panama City. While there, they worked tirelessly to assist other EMS teams.

Reportedly, Michael Gilbert has stated the following about his experience: “There are a couple of semis here in the mall parking lot where we are that are overturned and behind me. Directly across 231, there are two trains that are flipped over on the tracks. It’s been non-stop. You can probably hear the sirens in the background.”

An Overview of Unitek EMT

If you’re not familiar with us, Unitek EMT strives to prepare aspiring Emergency Medical Technicians by providing them with an accelerated EMT program. Seasoned professionals educate our students through a combination of traditional learning, simulation training, and workshop-style classes.

Additionally, we offer a program with several variations to better accommodate our students. These include a 14-Day Boot Camp1 and an Expanded Online Hybrid at our Fremont Campus in Northern California. We also offer a modified version of the Boot Camp at our facility in Chandler, Arizona.

If you’d like more information, please contact us toll free at 888-790-1458.

We hope you all have a safe and wonderful start to 2019.

 

 

 

1 Our 14-Day EMT Program in AZ and the 14-Day on-ground portion of the EMT Program in CA are taught in an intensive “boot camp” style, to simulate the fast pace of work expected on the job as an EMT. The California EMT Program also includes online instructional hours.

How to Use a Public AED During the Holiday Season

How to Use a Public AED During the Holiday Season

How to Use a Public AED During the Holiday Season

Most people don’t want to think about medical emergencies. This is understandable, especially during the holiday season. However, due to excess food and holiday stressors, some people might be more vulnerable to a medical emergency. Learning about public AEDs could help you save a life one day, though we hope you’ll never have to use this knowledge.

So, just what is an AED? For the purposes of the post, we’re going to take information directly from a helpful guide by the American Heart Association. According to them, an “automated external defibrillator (AED) is a lightweight, portable device that delivers an electric shock through the chest to the heart.” They further explain that this shock can “potentially stop an irregular heart beat (arrhythmia) and allow a normal rhythm to resume following sudden cardiac arrest.”

Why Are Public AEDs Important?

Public AEDs allow more people to respond to a medical emergency that requires defibrillation. Since AEDs are portable devices, they can be used by nonmedical personnel. Additionally, they can be added to emergency response programs that also “include rapid use of 9-1-1 and prompt delivery of cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR). All three of these activities are vital to improving survival from sudden cardiac arrest.”

How Do You Use an AED?

In our opinion, AEDs are amazing devices. They essentially contain a built-in computer that checks a person’s heart rhythm through adhesive electrodes. This internal computer determines whether defibrillation is needed or not. In situations where it is needed, a recorded voice will prompt the rescuer to press a shock button located on the AED.

This shock will briefly stun the heart and cause all activity to cease. Doing so will give the heart a moment to resume beating effectively. According to the American Heart Association, audible prompts will continue to assist the user through this process. It should be noted that AEDs only advise a shock for “ventricular fibrillation or another life-threatening condition called pulseless ventricular tachycardia.”

Who Can Use an AED?

As stated by the American Heart Association, “non-medical personnel such as police, fire service personnel, flight attendants, security guards and other lay rescuers who have been trained in CPR can use AEDs.” However, formal training is not required to use an AED, and they are “intended for use by the general public.” It’s important to remember that most AEDs provide audible voice prompts to assist the user.

Now, you may be wondering about the safety of AEDs. The American Heart Association has relayed that they’re safe for anyone to use. In fact, the American Heart Association, or AHA, has even said the following about AEDs: “Some studies have shown that 90 percent of the time AEDs are able to detect a rhythm that should be defibrillated. This data suggests that AEDs are highly effective in detecting when (or when not) to deliver a shock.”

Where Should AEDs Be Placed?

+ First-response vehicles, including ambulances, law enforcement vehicles, and some fire engines.

+ Public areas such as sports venues, shopping malls, airports, airplanes, businesses, convention centers, hotels, schools, and doctors’ offices.

+ Public or private places where a large number of people may gather or where people at high risk for heart attacks may live.

+ Near elevators, cafeterias, main reception areas, and on walls in major corridors.

If you’d like to receive formal training, the American Heart Association offers both CPR and AED training. To locate one of their training centers, call the nearest AHA office or 1-888-AHA-4CPR (you can also reach their website here).

A Brief Overview of Unitek EMT

If you’re not familiar with us, Unitek EMT strives to prepare aspiring Emergency Medical Technicians by providing them with an accelerated EMT program. Seasoned professionals educate our students through a combination of traditional lectures, applied training, and workshop-style classes.

In addition, we offer a program with several variations to better accommodate our students. These include a 14-Day Boot Camp1 at our Fremont Campus in Northern California, and a modified version of the Boot Camp at our facility in Chandler, Arizona.

If you’d like more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 888-790-1458!

 

 

 

1 Our 14-Day EMT Program in AZ and the 14-Day on-ground portion of the EMT Program in CA are taught in an intensive “boot camp” style, to simulate the fast pace of work expected on the job as an EMT. The California EMT Program also includes online instructional hours.

Healthy Yet Satisfying Meals for EMS Workers (Holiday Edition)

Healthy Yet Satisfying Meals for EMS Workers (Holiday Edition)

Healthy Yet Satisfying Meals for EMS Workers (Holiday Edition)

It’s that time of year again! As we reach the grand finale of the holiday season—not to mention the end of 2018—many people will probably indulge in some delicious food. While you shouldn’t deprive yourself, it can be helpful to pair rich dishes with a few healthier ones. We think this particularly applies to EMS personnel, as they need to keep their energy up when responding to calls and helping others.

Below we’ve compiled a list of healthy-yet-delicious recipes with the help of one excellent source: The Food Network!

Read on, and indulge smartly with us.

10 Recipes for the Holiday Season

1. Green Bean Casserole: “A slimmed-down version of this classic offers the creamy mushroom flavor and sweet tang of onion you expect, with 60 percent fewer calories and 80 percent less fat.”

2. Mushroom-Stuffed Pork Tenderloin: “Stuff a pork tenderloin with a savory mix of mushrooms and bacon and roast to perfection—no one will guess that it’s a healthy holiday main dish.”

3. Eggplant Ricotta Bites: “Lightly breaded eggplant is sautéed instead of deep-fried, giving it crunch without excess oil. It’s then topped with ricotta and tomatoes for an eggplant Parmesan-inspired appetizer with much less fat.”

4. Whole-Wheat Spaghetti with Swiss Chard and Pecorino Cheese: “Giada’s meatless pasta dish gets a big punch of flavor from Kalamata olives, tomatoes and sautéed greens. It’s ready in 40 minutes and makes an easy vegetarian main dish or accompaniment to meat, fish or chicken.”

5. Winter Fruit Salad: “Guests are likely to bring cookies to share, so finish your holiday dinner with this jewel-toned winter fruit salad in lieu of a traditional dessert. It’s full of winter fruit favorites like pomegranate, orange, mango and kiwi.”

6. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate and Hazelnuts: “Roasting Brussels sprouts brings out their nutty flavor; Bobby adds pomegranate seeds, orange zest and toasted hazelnuts to his roasted sprouts for a perfectly festive side dish.”

7. Low-Fat Eggnog: “What’s better than sipping on eggnog by the fireplace? Sipping our lower-cal version, made with lowfat milk flavored with fragrant citrus zest, vanilla beans and bourbon.”

8. Avocado-Feta Dip: “Feta cheese is a lower-fat choice with a very bright flavor. A little bit goes a long way in this fresh, green dip.”

9. Eggplant Caponata: “Food Network Magazine’s jewel-toned eggplant dish makes a beautiful addition to the holiday table, whether as a side dish or appetizer, served with toasted bread.”

10. Roasted Fennel with Charred Tomatoes, Olives, and Pecorino: “The flavor of fennel marries well with the Mediterranean flavors of slightly charred tomatoes, meaty Kalamata olives, and crystalline bursts of earthy, aged Parmesan cheese.”

About Unitek EMT and EMT Training

Before you leave to fulfill your holiday plans, we also wanted to take a quick moment to tell you about Unitek EMT. If you’re not familiar with us, Unitek EMT strives to prepare aspiring Emergency Medical Technicians by providing them with an accelerated EMT program. Seasoned professionals educate our students through a combination of traditional learning, simulation training, and workshop-style classes.

Additionally, we offer a program with several variations to better accommodate our students. These include a 14-Day Boot Camp1 at our Fremont Campus in Northern California, and a modified version of the Boot Camp at our facility in Chandler, Arizona. If you’d like more information, please contact us toll free at 888-790-1458.

Have a safe and happy holiday season, everyone!

 

 

 

1 Our 14-Day EMT Program in AZ and the 14-Day on-ground portion of the EMT Program in CA are taught in an intensive “boot camp” style, to simulate the fast pace of work expected on the job as an EMT. The California EMT Program also includes online instructional hours.

Unitek EMT Looks at Emergency Medical Services in Japan

A Look at Emergency Medical Services in Japan

Recently, we started a blog post series to explore emergency medical services (EMS) in other countries. Last week we looked at EMS in the United Kingdom, and today we’re going to shift our focus toward Japan. Whether you’re naturally curious or you’d like to know for future travel plans, we hope you’ll find this list to be helpful and informative!

Join us for a trip to the island country of Japan…

Unitek EMT Looks at Emergency Medical Services in Japan

A Quick Overview of EMS in Japan

As with the first segment in this series, we’ve taken our information from a source called Trek Medics International. According to their website, Trek Medics is a 501c3-registered nongovernmental organization (NGO) “dedicated to improving emergency medical systems in communities across the globe without reliable access to emergency care through innovative mobile phone technologies.”

Trek Medics states that, in Japan, first response care is provided by a government-sponsored service through the Fire and Disaster Management Agency. On the Trek Medics website, they also relay that the Japanese system is thought to be “well organized and very effective in rapidly deploying emergency response vehicles…despite heavy automobile traffic and pedestrian congestion.”

How to Call for Emergency Medical Services

To call an ambulance in Japan, you’ll need to dial 119. This number will connect you to a fire department call center that can dispatch an ambulance and other necessary responders. You can call this number anywhere in Japan, as it is available nationwide.

If you’d like to know about other emergency numbers, dialing 7119 in Tokyo will allow you to “speak with the Emergency Telephone Consultation Centre if your medical concern is borderline — i.e., not serious enough to call an ambulance, but concerning enough to require consultation without going to the hospital.”

Additionally, you can call the below numbers if necessary…

+ Dial 03-5285-8185 for emergency interpretation in English.

+ Dial +81-(0)3-3811-8121 for private emergency assistance providers/insurers (this applies to international travelers and corporate customers).

+ Dial 171 for disasters or other complex emergencies. As stated by Trek Medics, this call line is “operated by the national government to provide/exchange info about impact/damage of the disaster and available hospital resources.”

EMS Transportation in Japan

You might be wondering how you would be transported in an emergency situation. The answer is actually quite simple: conventional ambulances provide emergency transport in Japan. However, Trek Medics has added that the fire brigade may assist other first responders. In addition, “doctors may also be dispatched in regular vehicles to arrive more quickly and begin providing care.”

Trek Medics also includes information about typical destinations for ambulances. In Japan, hospitals are categorized so that EMS personnel can quickly transport patients to the correct facility. They are sorted into three categories that are based on resources, administration, staff, and education (please see below).

+ Primary Emergency Facilities: They see walk-in patients.

+ Secondary Emergency Facilities: They treat acute illnesses and trauma.

+ Tertiary Emergency Facilities: They provide care for those that are critically and severely ill/traumatized. They are also responsible for educating medical personnel, including ambulance personnel.

Payment for Emergency Services

You’re probably also wondering how people pay for emergency transport. Like in the United Kingdom, emergency medical response is entirely funded by the public. In other words, “patients do not pay out of pocket for transportation.” In 2015, though, the Japanese government began to reevaluate this policy.

For more information, such as common emergencies, recommended vaccinations, and government oversight, be sure to visit the Trek Medics website before you take your trip. There you’ll also find a picture that you can show to a Japanese person and they will call an ambulance for you (the picture depicts a request for an ambulance in Japanese).

Travel safely, everyone!

About Unitek EMT and EMT Training

If you’re not familiar with us, Unitek EMT strives to prepare aspiring Emergency Medical Technicians by providing them with an accelerated EMT program. Seasoned professionals educate our students through a combination of traditional learning, simulation training, and workshop-style classes.

Additionally, we offer a program with several variations to better accommodate our students. These include a 14-Day Boot Camp1 at our Fremont Campus in Northern California, and a modified version of the Boot Camp at our facility in Chandler, Arizona.

If you’d like more information, please contact us toll free at 888-790-1458!

 

 

 

1 Our 14-Day EMT Program in AZ and the 14-Day on-ground portion of the EMT Program in CA are taught in an intensive “boot camp” style, to simulate the fast pace of work expected on the job as an EMT. The California EMT Program also includes online instructional hours.

Unitek EMT Looks at EMS in the United Kingdom

A Look at EMS in the United Kingdom

During the holiday season, many people travel to see their families or explore new, exciting areas. Because of this, we thought it’d be the perfect time to start a new blog series: A Look at EMS in Different Countries. Our first post is going to delve into Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in the United Kingdom. Whether you’re naturally curious or you’d like to know for future travel plans, we hope you’ll find this list to be helpful and informative!

Join us for a little trip across the pond…

Unitek EMT Looks at EMS in the United Kingdom

How to Call for Help

For the purposes of this post, we’ve taken our information from a source called Trek Medics International. According to their website, Trek Medics is a 501c3-registered nongovernmental organization (NGO) “dedicated to improving emergency medical systems in communities across the globe without reliable access to emergency care through innovative mobile phone technologies.”

So, how do you call an ambulance in the U.K.? Dialing 999 will connect you to EMS, police, and fire services. You might be wondering if you can call this number from anywhere. Trek Metrics states that 999 is accessible “throughout the entire United Kingdom, including England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Wight, Isle of Man, Jersey, and Guernsey.” However, in Gibraltar the emergency number is: +350 200 79700.

Transportation and Payment

Your next question is probably about transportation. More specifically, you might be wondering how you’ll get transported to a hospital. According to Trek Metrics, there are various ambulance response types provided by National Health Service (NHS) Ambulances. Typically, a standard response team will include a paramedic and a technician.

Additionally, solo responders on motorbikes or cars might be utilized. On the other hand, busy urban areas may require Rapid Response Vehicles to provide care before an ambulance arrives. Trek Metrics also stated the following about EMS response in the U.K.:

“For more serious incidents with longer on-scene times—e.g., entrapment, motor vehicle collisions, mass-casualty incidents etc.—doctors who participate in voluntary Immediate Care Schemes may be mobilized directly by dispatch. Mobile Medical Teams (MMT) may also be dispatched from the nearest hospital in cases of, for example, terrorist attacks, which include emergency physicians and nurses, anesthetists, surgeons, and surgical nurses.”

When you seek emergency assistance with a 999 call center, your call will be assigned to one of three categories. The category is determined by Advanced Medical Priority Dispatch System software, which will sort your call into one of the below categories…

+ Category A: Immediately life-threatening medical condition.

+ Category B: Serious but not immediately life-threatening.

+ Category C: Neither immediately life-threatening nor serious.

Lastly, you might be wondering how you’ll pay for emergency services. According to Trek Metrics, the answer is actually quite simple: “Services provided through NHS Ambulances are free at point of delivery for residents and visitors, funded through general taxation.”

For more information, such as common emergencies, recommended vaccinations, and government oversight, be sure to visit Trek Medics before you take your trip!

A Quick Overview of Unitek EMT

If you’re not familiar with us, Unitek EMT strives to prepare aspiring Emergency Medical Technicians by providing them with an accelerated EMT program. Seasoned professionals educate our students through a combination of traditional learning, simulation training, and workshop-style classes.

Additionally, we offer a program with several variations to better accommodate our students. These include a 14-Day Boot Camp1 and an Expanded Online Hybrid at our Fremont Campus in Northern California. We also offer a modified version of the Boot Camp at our facility in Chandler, Arizona.

If you’d like more information, please contact us toll free at 888-790-1458!

 

 

 

1 Our 14-Day EMT Program in AZ and the 14-Day on-ground portion of the EMT Program in CA are taught in an intensive “boot camp” style, to simulate the fast pace of work expected on the job as an EMT. The California EMT Program also includes online instructional hours.