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.

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.