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.

Unitek EMT Delves Into Healthy Eating Habits for EMS Workers

Healthy Eating Habits for EMS Workers

Unitek EMT Delves Into Healthy Eating Habits for EMS Workers

Now that Thanksgiving is over, it might be a good time to introduce some new habits. Consuming nutritious food can be costly in more ways than one, but it’s so critical for your body, your mind, and your abilities. This is particularly true for EMS workers!

We’re going to delve into some healthy habits and snacks that just might help you live your best life. These tips were taken from an article by Jackie Mac Allister at EMS World. Mac Allister is a certified personal trainer and weight management consultant, so she can provide us with some great insight in her article, “An EMS Guide to Eating on the Go.”

Here are some of her valuable tips!

The Importance of Breakfast

Some people believe that breakfast—or the absence of it—can dictate how you’ll feel the rest of the day. According to Mac Allister, “After what was hopefully a restful night’s sleep, your body is running on empty and needs some fuel to start the day. If you don’t replenish your protein stores first thing in the morning, your body may start using muscle tissue for energy.”

Interestingly, Mac Allister also cites a study by an EMS agency that examined the time of day ambulance collisions most frequently occur. The study revealed a significant spike between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m., and again around 5 p.m. As stated by Mac Allister, “These are times of the day when more cars tend to be on the road. But if you look at shift work, these are also times when fatigue sets in.”

To help combat fatigue, try adding protein and fat to your carbs. For instance, you could have two hard boiled eggs, fruit with a small portion of cheese, a whole-wheat English muffin with peanut butter or cream cheese, or low-fat yogurt with high-fiber cereal. In a pinch, peanut butter and jelly on whole-grain bread will work too!

How to Read Food Labels

It can be downright confusing to try and read food labels. This is especially true when you come across labels packed with ingredients; if you can’t recognize several of these ingredients, you may want to reconsider eating it! Mac Allister provides us with a quick n’ easy way to determine whether or not you should probably eat a particular item.

The first areas to take note of are the serving size, the total calories, and the calories from fat. Here’s a good rule of thumb from Mac Allister: It’s usually a good choice when the calories from fat don’t exceed one-third of the total calories. The second areas to assess are dietary fiber, sugar, and protein.

When it comes to fiber, the average person will likely need at least 3 grams per serving. However, with sugar, less is (regrettably) better. If you can, try not to exceed 10 grams per serving. While protein levels are dependent on your activity level, Mac Allister notes that general recommendations are “roughly 1.1 grams per 1 lb. of body weight.”

Some Healthy Snack Ideas

Let’s get back to snacking! So, what are some good staples to pack for work? Check out these ideas from EMS World…

+ Fruit

+ Vegetables (pair with hummus or peanut butter to add protein)

+ Nuts and seeds (pair with dark chocolate for a sweet-savory snack)

+ Dehydrated fruit and vegetables

+ Low-fat dairy (use cold packs to carry low-fat yogurt or skim milk with you)

+ Whole grain cereal, crackers, or bread

+ Lots and lots of water

+ Extras: Rice cakes with peanut butter, hummus or low-fat cheese. Some meal replacement bars are excellent choices, too, but don’t forget to read the label and check the sugar content.

We think Mac Allister says it best:

By following a healthy diet, you not only make the best choices for your body, but all those around you will benefit. Once you clean your diet of over-processed junk, you’ll feel better, sleep better, even look better. Your mood will improve, which will make your patients and partners feel better, too, and perhaps learn by your example.

The above examples are just some suggestions that show how easy it is to stock up on healthy, satisfying snacks. Read up on nutrition. The more you know, the more you’ll want to implement better choices in your diet.”

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!

 

 

 

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 Offers Tips for a Safe Thanksgiving

Tips for a Safe Thanksgiving

During this time of year, we always reflect on how thankful we are for the EMS community. They work tirelessly to help keep the public safe, even if that means working through the holidays and sacrificing time with their families.

Now that we’re on the cusp of Thanksgiving, we’d like to advocate for your safety as well as theirs. An excellent article at EMS Safety has put together a list of suggestions for travel, food, fire, and pet safety (be sure to check out their poster for Thanksgiving factoids, too).

We’ve included some of these holiday tips below!

Unitek EMT Offers Tips for a Safe Thanksgiving

+ Travel. EMS Safety’s first tip highlights the importance of awareness. According to their article, “the busiest travel day in the U.S. is the day before Thanksgiving, and 90% of the folks traveling do so by automobile.” If you’ll be traveling on the road this year, stay safe with extra vigilance and defensive driving.

+ Food. As we know, Thanksgiving is a holiday that’s really about three things: giving thanks, seeing loved ones, and eating delicious food! With all this excitement, though, it can be easy to forget some critical safety precautions. For instance, EMS Safety recommends that you “cook your stuffing in a casserole dish rather than inside your turkey. Doing so will prevent cross contamination.”

They also stress the importance of disinfecting everything—and we do mean everything—that comes into contact with your turkey before you handle another dish. This can include hands, utensils, and other surfaces. Additionally, be sure to cook your turkey correctly! According to EMS Safety, the minimum internal cooking temperature for a turkey is 165°F, and the minimum oven temperature is 325°F.

+ Fire. It’s a little shocking how many fires typically occur on Thanksgiving. EMS Safety reports that there are usually 2,000 residential fires every year during this particular holiday. Most of these fires “occur between 12P.M. and 4P.M. Ensuring your smoke detector is operational and that circuits are not overloaded are essential elements of fire safety.” You can also invite your guests to relax in another room, as controlling the number of people in your kitchen will likely help prevent overcrowding, spills, and additional stress.

+ Pet. The last tip takes us back to food safety, but this time it’s for any pets. If you’d like to give your pet a special treat from your Thanksgiving spread, check first that what you’re giving them is safe to consume. For example, turkey or chicken bones can cause serious health issues. On the other hand, if you don’t give your pet human food, EMS safety suggests providing them with a toy during your meal. This way, they’ll be distracted and stay out of trouble!

An Overview of Unitek EMT

Before you leave to fulfill your Thanksgiving 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 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.

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving, 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 Delves into the Importance of Self-Care and Exercise for EMTs

The Importance of Self-Care and Exercise for EMTs

Unitek EMT Delves into the Importance of Self-Care and Exercise for EMTs

At Unitek EMT, we firmly believe in the necessity of self-care and fitness. Because EMS workers perform a variety of physical tasks, it’s imperative that they go the extra mile and strive to stay healthy. Back injuries also seem prevalent in the EMS world, which further highlights the importance of exercise and proper lifting techniques.

Today, we’re going to look at some helpful articles for EMS workers!

Information About Self-Care

1. Exercises to avoid back injury: An EMS1 article by Bryan Fass delves into the importance of prevention, stating that it is the key to having a healthy back. According to Fass, “studies and data clearly show that stretching daily, consistent exercise, good nutrition, and hydration will all help to prevent on-the-job injury.”

Fass takes it a step further by looking at the current best practices for sports, therapy, and public safety. In studying these practices, he notes that “using tissue mobilization tools like foam rollers, massage balls, and massage sticks all have a clear benefit to helping your tissue be more mobile.” Fass suggests that these techniques be performed while on duty, as they are all uniform and largely station friendly. Again, a healthy back is about one key word: prevention.

So, just what are Fass’s recommended exercises to avoid back injury? Check out his article to find out!

2. The many benefits of yoga: Another EMS1 article, “5 reasons EMS providers should take yoga seriously” was written by Olivia Kvitne, founder and director of Yoga for First Responders. Kvitne believes that yoga is not only good for first responders, but that it is actually meant for them.

According to Kvitne, this is because the “original and true intents of yoga are to obtain a mastery of the mind and achieve an optimal functioning of the entire being—from the subtle nervous system to the whole physical body.” She also writes that “yoga allows people to increase their ability to focus and problem-solve, gives them heightened situational awareness, and helps them make intelligent gut reactions to situations.”

Along with the release of stress, Kvitne highlights several other benefits of yoga: it’s simple, it’s private and introspective, and it’s multifunctional.

3. Tips to improve your fitness for the field of EMS: Bryan Fass returns with another insightful article about fitness and peak performance for EMS personnel. This article, published by the Journal of Emergency Medical Services, provides various tips that might help prevent on-the-job injuries.

Fass says it best:EMS providers drive around in the perfect stretching and exercise device. Your rig has steps, handles and pull bars galore—essentially everything you and your partner need to get and stay fit. With resolution season upon us again, it’s time to turn over a new leaf and set some goals.”

Due to the nature of the job, it seems logical to assume that being fit for duty would not only reduce your chances of getting hurt, but might also reduce the severity of any potential injuries.

An Overview of Unitek EMT

For the past 12 years, Unitek has provided aspiring Emergency Medical Technicians with the EMT training they need to succeed. Our boot camps* and state-of-the-art courses equip graduates with the current theory and technique for first-response treatment of patients. Taught by seasoned EMS professionals, the classes at Unitek EMT include realistic simulations, hands-on training, and one-on-one instruction to ensure students master the skills they’ll need to save lives.

For more information, please reach out to us at 888-790-1458!

 

 

 

* 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.

Spooky Places You Can Visit for Halloween | Unitek EMT

Spooky Places You Can Visit for Halloween

In honor of the holiday, we’d like to wish you all a Happy Halloween and deliver a spooky blog post! It goes without saying that safety comes first—we can only imagine what kind of calls EMS personnel have received on Halloween—but it can be a lot of fun to celebrate the holiday, and we thought we’d kick things off by delving into a few Halloween destinations.

Because our EMT program is based in California and Arizona, we’re including three eerie haunts for each state. So put down those decorations and check out our list, if you dare…

1. The Winchester Mystery House: According to Wikipedia, the Winchester Mystery House is “a mansion in San Jose, California, that was once the personal residence of Sarah Winchester, the widow of firearm magnate William Wirt Winchester.” The infamous house is primarily known for its architectural oddities and total lack of any master building plan.

This is apparent when you consider the staircases that lead to the ceiling, the doors that go nowhere, and the windows that overlook other rooms. Apparently, many have claimed that the mansion is haunted by the ghosts of all those killed with Winchester rifles. If your curiosity is piqued, regular tours are hosted for a price that generally ranges from $20-$49. A Halloween Candlelight Tour is currently being offered as well!

2. The 60-Acre Corn Maze: Many of us like to celebrate with candy, decorations, or themed parties (horror films are another favorite, of course). However, if you’re looking for a little something extra—and you’re the adventurous type that enjoys a challenge—the corn maze in Dixon, California might be right up your alley!

Designed and crafted by Cool Patch Pumpkins, this corn maze is world-renowned for its sheer size. Guests will need a map and likely several hours to complete this choose-your-own adventure game. The maze costs $15 per person, though children 5 and under will receive free admission. Note to parents: All minors must always be accompanied by an adult while in the maze.

3. The Queen Mary: In the past, the Queen Mary has served as a luxury ship and a World War II ferry ship. Now, it is a floating hotel and a travel destination. Did we mention that numerous guests have reportedly heard rattling chains along with unusual voices? The Queen Mary’s many attractions include self-guided exhibits as well as guided tours, such as Glory Days, Haunted Encounters, and Paranormal Tours.

At this time, they are currently offering several Halloween-themed packages. If you’d like a tour, you might want to buy tickets for “Dark Harbor” before its closing date on November 2, 2018. Now, for the really brave ones, they also provide the “Stay Aboard” option during Dark Harbor…

Because there are so many packages at the Queen Mary, it’s best to consult their website for specific ticket prices or passports.

4. Fear Farm & Phoenix Haunted Hayride: Fear Farm puts on quite a show for their guests with themed haunted houses and a haunted hayride. This year, the themes are Slaughterhouse, Undead, The Bunker: Area-X, Legends: The Witch, and Fallout. With this range of themes, it looks like there’s something for everyone!

Regarding cost, general admission starts at $27.99, and fast pass/skip the line upgrades run $10-$20 extra. Note to parents: The website notes that the event may be too intense for young children, and it is not recommended for children under the age of 12.

5. 13th Floor Haunted House: According to an article by ABC15 in Arizona, the company behind Fear Farm is behind this theatrical haunt as well. Located in northwest Phoenix, it features two haunting experiences: The Possession and In the Shadows. Overall, the world-famous attraction revolves around superstitions for 13th floors.

In fact, the 13th Floor Haunted House website states that, “based on an internal review of records, the Otis Elevators company estimates that 85% of the buildings with their elevators do not have a named 13th Floor.” Regarding cost, general admission starts at $27.99, and fast pass/skip the line upgrades run $10-$20 extra.

There is also the “Blackout” option for $29.99 with the fast pass upgrade still running $20 extra. Blackout means that you and your friends will have one glow stick while in total darkness! Note to parents: The website notes that the event may be too intense for young children, and it is not recommended for children under the age of 12.

6. Spooktacular Mini Golf: Looking for family fun without the scare? In Mesa, Arizona, you’ll find “Spooktacular Mini Golf,” a course that undergoes a ghostly transformation during the Halloween season. We’ll give you this teaser from their website:

“Spooktacular Golf is fun for the whole family and it makes a great annual Halloween outing! While playing on our spooky miniature golf course, be sure to avoid stepping through one of the many graveyards! Our 18-hole course is full of spooky and festive decorations.”

Admission is the standard golf rate, which means there’s no additional cost for Spooktacular Golf. Pay $9.99 for adults and $7.99 for kids to experience this fun event!

A Quick Overview of Unitek EMT

Before you embark on your Halloween festivities, 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. Students also receive real-world experience through a clinical rotation or simulation.

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.

Have a safe and happy Halloween, 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 the History of Modern EMS

A Look at the History of Modern EMS

Today, we’re going to take a look at some of the most informative years in modern EMS! If you didn’t know, EMS stands for emergency medical services. EMS personnel perform a vital service for the public, and they alleviate the suffering of others. Without a doubt, they are the unsung heroes of the healthcare field.

For our look back at the modern history of EMS, we’re going to use information directly taken from an article by Dennis Edgerly in the Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS). Throughout this article, Dennis Edgerly delves into the birth of EMS and the history of the paramedic.

To start, let’s take a little trip back to the 1960s…

Unitek EMT Looks at the History of Modern EMS

The Birth of Modern EMS

In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson received an influential report called Accidental Death and Disability: The Neglected Disease of Modern Society. According to Dennis Edgerly’s article, this report determined that accidental injuries were the leading cause of death in the first half of a person’s lifespan.

The report also identified some truly shocking statistics. In 1965 alone, it revealed that “vehicle accidents killed more Americans than were lost in the Korean War.” Additionally, when prehospital emergency care was evaluated, “the report identified that ‘if seriously wounded… chances of survival would be better in the zone of combat than on the average city street.’” Perhaps most importantly, the report also highlighted the lack of regulation for ambulance operations.

Dennis Edgerly had this to say about the ripple effects of the report:

“Commonly known as ‘the White Paper,’ this report made several recommendations for the prevention and management of accidental injuries, including the standardization of emergency training for ‘rescue squad personnel, policemen, firemen and ambulance attendants.’ This standardization led to the first nationally recognized curriculum for EMS—emergency medical technician–ambulance (EMT-A)—which was published in 1969. Many consider this document to be the birth of modern EMS.”

Dawn of the Paramedic

Some people thought that even more could be done for out-of-hospital care. A few critical areas/necessities included advanced airway management, vascular access, and medication administration. According to Dennis Edgerly, this need “led to the creation and implementation of the emergency medical technician–paramedic (EMT-P) curriculum in the early 1970s, with pioneering work by Walt Stoy, PhD, Nancy Caroline, MD, and others in Pittsburgh.” However, Edgerly notes that, prior to this achievement, various organizations had “already begun training personnel in advanced procedures and medication administration, creating the nation’s first paramedics.”

At the end of the article, Dennis Edgerly shared his views about the evolution of EMS: “Paramedic education has matured, as has the EMS profession. Paramedic programs today are well structured, supported within their local EMS community, and backed by or found within institutions of higher education. Quality paramedic programs are integral components within the foundation of EMS.”

About Unitek EMT

Unitek EMT strives to prepare the Emergency Medical Technicians of tomorrow by providing them with an accelerated EMT program. Seasoned professionals educate students through a combination of expert lectures, applied training, and workshop-style classes. Students will receive real-world experience through a clinical rotation or simulation.

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.

To speak with a school representative, 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 Reports on the Importance of the Flu Vaccine

The Importance of the Flu Vaccine

Unitek EMT Reports on the Importance of the Flu Vaccine

Now that it’s officially flu season, we’d like to delve into the importance of the flu vaccine. Not only can the flu be highly contagious, but it can prevent you from partaking in daily activities and can even cause serious health complications. As you can imagine, flu season greatly affects EMS personnel.

In January 2018, MedStar ambulance calls in the Dallas-Fort Worth area saw about a tenfold increase in flu-related calls.1 According to an article from Dallas News, last November garnered an average of 1.8 flu-related calls per day for MedStar. In January, they skyrocketed to 19.5 flu-related calls per day.1

Every year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises most people to get the flu vaccine. Below, we’ve taken information directly from their website to answer why, how, what, and who!

Why Vaccination for the Flu

According to the CDC, influenza is a “potentially serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death.” While it’s important to keep in mind that every flu season is different, and people can be affected quite differently, millions of people still get the flu every year. Additionally, the CDC states that “hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized and thousands or tens of thousands of people die from flu-related causes every year.”

Seeking out the current, seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to help protect yourself against the flu. Again, the CDC reports that vaccination has been shown to reduce the risk of flu illnesses, hospitalizations, and “even the risk of flu-related death in children.” Obviously the vaccine cannot ensure absolutes, but it is generally one of the best steps most people can take to protect themselves.

How Flu Vaccines Work

If you’re wondering how flu vaccines work, the answer has to do with antibodies! Flu vaccines cause antibodies to develop approximately two weeks after the vaccination. Basically, the antibodies provide protection against infection with the viruses that are in the vaccine. For instance, the seasonal flu vaccine aims to protect individuals from the influenza viruses “that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season.”

What Kinds of Flu Vaccines

On the CDC’s website, they state the following:

“CDC recommends use of any licensed, age-appropriate influenza vaccine during the 2018-2019 influenza season, including inactivated influenza vaccine [IIV], recombinant influenza vaccine [RIV], or live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV). No preference is expressed for any influenza vaccine over another. Both trivalent (three-component) and quadrivalent (four-component) flu vaccines will be available.”

Who Should Get Vaccinated

The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older acquire a flu vaccine every season. Influenza vaccination is critical for those who are at high risk of serious health complications. On their website, the CDC has compiled a list called “People at High Risk of Developing Flu-Related Complications.” They’ve also put together this helpful article: Who Should Get Vaccinated Against Influenza.

Now, you may be wondering, who should not get vaccinated for the flu? It’s important to note that different flu vaccines are approved for different age groups. Additionally, certain vaccines are not recommended for some groups. Determining factors can include a person’s age, health, and allergies. For more information about this, please revisit the link provided above: Who Should Get Vaccinated Against Influenza.

About Unitek EMT

Unitek EMT strives to prepare the Emergency Medical Technicians of tomorrow by providing them with an accelerated EMT program. Seasoned professionals educate students through a combination of expert lectures, applied training, and workshop-style classes. Students will receive real-world experience through a clinical rotation or simulation.

Additionally, we offer a program with several variations to better accommodate our students. These include a 14-Day Boot Camp2 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.

To speak with a school representative, please contact us toll free at 888-790-1458.

 

 

 

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/public-health/2018/01/21/medstar-sees-10-fold-increase-flu-related-ambulance-calls

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 Science Journal EMS Studies

Science Journal EMS Studies

Would you like to learn more about current EMS studies? If so, you’re in luck! We’re going to take a closer look at the Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS), a great resource for both veteran and budding EMS professionals.

According to their website, JEMS “seeks to improve patient care in the prehospital setting and promote positive change in EMS by delivering information and education from industry leaders, change makers and emerging voices.” Among their many services, they also provide helpful information for various aspects of EMS, such as patient care, administration and leadership, training, operations, major incidents, and mobile integrated healthcare.

On their website, you’ll find that this information is delivered through several mediums. These include a journal, articles, webcasts, eBooks, and videos, just to name a few! Today, we’d like to review some studies they have recently analyzed, ones that we think provide great insight into certain issues or elements of the EMS field.

Unitek EMT Looks at Science Journal EMS Studies

Overview of EMS Studies

Below we’ve included a small sample of studies found on the JEMS website. Read on to learn a little more about EMS…

1. Study Seeks Better Understanding of EMS Experience With Hospice Patients: In this study, various EMS providers were surveyed on their experiences caring for hospice patients. Approximately 86 EMTs and 96 paramedics responded to the survey. According to JEMS, “questions on their comfort level caring for these patients revealed that family-related challenges, communication with hospice and ED providers, portability and use of end-of-life documentation, and the need for additional education” were quite common in their replies.

2. New Study Shows Trends in Naloxone Administration by EMS: A recent study highlights the importance of “EMS data in estimating the public health burden of opioid overdose and can help emergency responders, public healthcare organizations and community organizations” evaluate prevention strategies to address the widespread issue.

The report was authored by researchers at the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Office of EMS. As stated on the JEMS website, “researchers found that the rate of EMS naloxone administration events increased by 75.1% from 2012 to 2016, mirroring the 79.7% increase in opioid overdose mortality in the U.S. during this time.”

3. Study Examines the Role of Epinephrine for Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest: A recent article in The New England Journal of Medicine analyzed the role of “EMS-administered epinephrine in out of hospital cardiac arrest (OOHCA) in a large, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, using 8,014 patients over the age of 16 in the United Kingdom.”

According to the JEMS website, “4,015 patients in asystole, PEA or v fib/v tach were randomized to receive epinephrine 1 mg every 3–5 minutes, and 3,999 patients were randomized to receive placebo. This study evaluated survival at 30-days and functional neurologic outcome.”

4. FBI Releases Study of Pre-Attack Behaviors of Attack Shooters: In late June, 2018, the FBI released a study examining pre-attack behaviors of attack shooters. The report includes data for active shooter incidents between 2000 and 2013 in the United States. It evaluates behaviors that “may precede an attack and that might be useful in identifying, assessing, and managing those who may be on a pathway to violence.”

About Unitek EMT

If your curiosity has been piqued and you’re looking into EMT training, you might want to consider the accelerated EMT program at Unitek. Ultimately, we strive to prepare our students for a fulfilling career in EMS. Seasoned professionals provide students with vital knowledge and skills through a combination of expert lectures, applied 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. Both of our locations provide students with a comprehensive yet efficient EMT program.

Start a new career with Unitek EMT!

 

 

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 Back at Operation Urban Rescue

Looking Back at Operation Urban Rescue

For EMS workers, preparation is often the key to success. At Unitek EMT, we strive to not only prepare our students but our community as well. In 2014, Unitek hosted a mass-casualty simulation called Operation Urban Rescue. Not only were numerous agencies involved, but various Unitek students also participated in the event. This real-world disaster scenario provided EMT training, teamwork building between agencies, and a prepared emergency response on a large scale.

Join us for another look at this groundbreaking EMS simulation.

Unitek EMT Looks Back at Operation Urban Rescue

Overview of Operation Urban Rescue

On April 5, 2014, Unitek EMT hosted Operation Urban Rescue, one of the largest multi-agency, mass-casualty training simulations held in the Bay Area. The primary goal of the event was to unify military and civilian response to a simulated domestic disturbance. Throughout the day, participants responded to the following emergencies: an armed insurgent threat, improvised explosive devices, hazardous materials, critical medical conditions, and a massive disaster scene.

Operation Urban Rescue sought to prepare the community for a major disaster by integrating military and civilian emergency medical services into a single training event. The scenario featured a sizeable disaster area, two scenario hospitals, and an active ambulance circuit. Also included were dynamic extraction lanes and a helicopter landing zone. Incredibly enough, more than 600 people were involved in Operation Urban Rescue! Here’s a breakdown of some of the amazing participants:

+ 32 government agencies

+ 264 patients

+ 40 medical instructors

+ 245 military personnel

During an Operation Urban Rescue drill, the Fremont Police Department’s S.W.A.T. team took action to contain hazardous materials. Numerous volunteer patients also participated in a decontamination drill. Throughout the day, CALSTAR and the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office transferred patients via helicopter for treatment in nearby Washington Hospital.

Additionally, Unitek EMT students and instructors trained alongside military and civilian personnel in Operation Urban Rescue. They gained first-hand knowledge about treating critical injuries in a major disaster setting. Such an opportunity allowed Unitek students to practice their skills in a realistic environment before graduating from our program. Above all else, Unitek is proud to have organized this collaborative event that provided valuable training and enhanced the safety of the community as a whole.

More About Unitek EMT

If you’re feeling inspired and you’d like to pursue EMT training, allow us to give you a brief overview of the EMT program at Unitek. Ultimately, we strive to prepare our students for a rewarding career in EMS. Seasoned EMS professionals provide students with vital knowledge and skills through a combination of expert lectures, applied training, and workshop-style classes.

We believe these experiences greatly benefit our students and influence their success. If you’ve been searching for EMT basic training, 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. Both of our locations provide students with a comprehensive yet efficient EMT program.

Follow your dreams with Unitek EMT!

 

 

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.

EMT Certification for Aspiring Firefighters and How EMT Training Can Help

EMT Certification for Aspiring Firefighters

EMT Certification for Aspiring Firefighters and How EMT Training Can Help

If you’re interested in becoming a firefighter, it would be advantageous to seek out EMT certification as well! While it greatly depends on the state and the region, most employers will require firefighters to obtain certification as an EMT or a paramedic.

This is largely because firefighters respond to numerous calls that necessitate emergency medical attention. In fact, according to an article at FireRescue1, “most fire departments run upwards of 70 percent or more emergency medical related responses.” Additionally, they state that about 90 percent of fire departments will “require this certification after hire.”

In such a competitive field, EMT certification isn’t just a great asset to your resume. Pursuing EMT training will also give you critical experience and invaluable knowledge. It’s important to note that work experience on an ambulance may be required for some paramedic programs. Without a doubt, EMT training and certification is incredibly beneficial for aspiring firefighters.

Steve Prziborowski provided several other must-do tips in his article at FireRescue1. We’ve included some of them below—we hope you’ll find these tips helpful during your journey into EMS!

1. Gain experience and volunteer: According to Steve Prziborowski, fire departments often choose candidates with a history of volunteer work or community service (this doesn’t have to include fire-related service). Doing so would provide you with knowledge, firsthand experience, and networking opportunities. Community service also shows that your heart is in the right place. In the FireRescue1 article, various organizations were suggested: American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, Big Brother Big Sister, etc.

2. Pursue fire technology classes: Though this isn’t usually a requirement, taking such classes can make your application stand out. It also looks great on your resume and helps prepare you for a fire-related career. As Steve Prziborowski said, it doesn’t just show dedication and commitment but quite noteworthy initiative. He views this as an investment in your future, and suggests seeking out a semester-long class. Doing so will typically give you about “53 or so hours of training on a subject that is a contributing factor of firefighter injuries and line-of-duty deaths.”

3. Carefully consider each phase of the hiring process: It’s important that aspiring firefighters understand how to successfully pass through each phase of the hiring process. While it can vary from region to region, the selection process tends to carry some basic similarities. As suggested in the FireRescue1 article, you could start by researching the departments in your area or where you’d like to apply. Learn how they recruit people and what specific requirements must be met. For example, these might be an oral interview, a written examination, a background investigation, etc.

4. Take firefighter tests to help you prepare: Such tests are one great way to become better acquainted with the phases of the hiring process. Each one will give you more experience, exposure, and preparation. If you’re wondering how to find out which departments are currently testing, Steve Prziborowski suggests signing up at firerecruit.com. Through their service, they advise others on firefighter opportunities across the country.

5. Visit your local fire stations: Speaking with other firefighters just might be your greatest resource. Take some time to visit nearby fire stations and learn more about fire-related careers as well as specific departments. In doing so, you might also learn about upcoming programs or opportunities. Steve Prziborowski said it best: “These firefighters obviously had what it took to get through the hiring process, and they may have also sat on oral boards or have been involved in their department’s hiring process in some capacity.”

More About Unitek EMT

If you’re feeling inspired and you’d like to pursue EMT training, allow us to give you a brief overview of the EMT program at Unitek. Above all else, we strive to prepare our students for a rewarding career in EMS. Seasoned EMS professionals provide students with vital knowledge and skills through a combination of expert lectures, applied training, and workshop-style classes.

We believe these experiences greatly benefit our students and influence their success. If you’ve been searching for EMT basic training, 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. Both of our locations provide students with a comprehensive yet efficient EMT program.

Achieve your dreams with Unitek EMT, today!

 

 

 

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.