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 currently offer an accelerated program in Chandler, Arizona. At Unitek EMT, students are provided with a comprehensive yet efficient EMT program.

Achieve your dreams with Unitek EMT, today!

 

 

 

* Our 14-Day EMT Program in AZ is taught in an intensive “boot camp” style, to simulate the fast pace of work expected on the job as an EMT. 

Remembering 9/11

When we hear the date 9/11, I think most of us tend to recall where we were on that tragic day. It’s difficult not to think of the lives that were lost, the sheer destruction and the devastation. While reading firsthand accounts and later recollections, I was struck by one particular commonality: most people noted the sense of togetherness that they experienced. During this tragedy, individuals from all walks of life banded together and helped one another:

“Waiters and stockbrokers stood side by side on the street, cleaning the dust from the faces of firefighters using bottles of water that store owners were dragging out by the case. When the subways started rolling again, rather than sit in silence as people did before and do now—consumed by newspapers and iPods—people actually talked to each other. Because suddenly we weren’t strangers anymore—we were in it together.

             September 11th was truly a day of unspeakable horror, but the many acts of incredible bravery and selfless charity that I witnessed that day, through the dust and the rubble and the chaos, made me feel good about America and proud to be a New Yorker.”

This quote was taken directly from a Fox News opinion piece. The words were spoken by Dan Cohen, an EMT and a Fox News Channel producer who witnessed the events that transpired on September 11, 2001. Reading his firsthand account was difficult and yet, by the end, I did feel something akin to hope.

After that indescribable day, I think most people were searching for answers. In the years that followed, this search has often turned toward healing and recovery. Others have sought out or found solace in a sense of unity. I imagine that some have found both of these things within the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

About the National September 11 Memorial & Museum

The Memorial is a tribute of remembrance and honors the 2,977 people killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. It is also a tribute to the lives lost at the Pentagon, the lives lost during the hijacking of Flight 93, and the lives lost due to the World Trade Center bombing in February 1993.

According to the 9/11 Memorial website, the Memorial’s “twin reflecting pools are each nearly an acre in size and feature the largest manmade waterfalls in North America. The pools sit within the footprints where the Twin Towers once stood.” The website also states that the names of every person who died in the attacks are inscribed into panels that line the Memorial pools. These names are a “powerful reminder of the largest loss of life resulting from a foreign attack on American soil and the greatest single loss of rescue personnel in American history.”

Additionally, the National September 11 Memorial Museum sits at the heart of the World Trade Center site and examines the monumental impact of 9/11. According to the 9/11 Memorial website, the “Museum’s 110,000 square feet of exhibition space tells the story of 9/11 through multimedia displays, archives, narratives, and a collection of monumental and authentic artifacts.”

The Seventeenth Anniversary of the September 11th Attacks

In an article from EMS1, I think paramedic Greg Santa Maria eloquently highlights the importance of EMS workers and the impact 9/11 has had on their lives:

“In the days and weeks to follow, first responder agencies counted and mourned their losses. The world had reached out a helping hand to New York City and there were first responders from everywhere among us. It showed me, in clear detail, that our EMS families are borderless and that we truly do go anywhere.”

On the seventeenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks, it’s important that we honor those who fell, and those who carry on.

Predictions for the Future of EMS

With the advancement of technology, numerous experts have predicted quite a few changes for the field of EMS. An excellent article at EMS1.com has delved into several of these predictions. Along with compiling data, they interviewed healthcare experts and discussed the various possibilities. Below we have included some of these predictions from EMS1’s insightful article.

Read on to learn about predictions for the future of EMS!

1. Field labs and portable imaging: According to EMS1, one suggestion they have frequently received is making point-of-care labs and portable imaging more widely available to prehospital providers.

David K. Tan, MD was one of the professionals they consulted. He believes that “field lactate monitors and biomarkers for stroke, STEMI, and sepsis will become widespread.” He also relayed that he thinks biomarkers—“finger stick glucose checks”—will be used to identify acute stroke as well as myocardial infarction (heart attacks). Together, these actions could revolutionize transport destination decisions.

2. Driverless ambulances: Experts also predict that driverless ambulances will be utilized in the future. As stated in the EMS1 article, collision avoidance technology would likely be used in these transformed ambulances.

Ryan Greenberg relayed the following: “Imagine the benefits of a driverless ambulance on patient care if two providers can focus on the patient.” Tim Nowak, another expert, explained that motorists might receive notifications for incoming EMS vehicles. This may include notifications that say “emergency scene ahead” or “alert, approaching emergency response vehicle, be prepared to pull over.”

3. EMS professionals no longer lift patients: Unfortunately, lifting patients can cause significant injuries for EMS workers.1 At EMS1, several professionals voiced the need to eliminate manual lifts. They argued that doing so would ultimately reduce operating costs and improve safety conditions.

Rom Duckworth reasoned that “within 10 to 20 years, military advances in the research and design of exo-suits, which are wearable machines for increased strength and endurance, will translate directly into uses for emergency responders.” He explained that exo-suits would reduce the wear, tear, and fatigue of consistent physical work and allow patients to be moved in a safer manner.

Dave Konig added: “We will see self-automation becoming integrated within EMS in self-driving ambulances and self-propelled stretchers that will maneuver themselves in a heeled fashion to the provider.”

4. Voice activation technology: When speaking with EMS1, Ann Marie Farina suggested the use of voice-activated tech for EMS devices. She explained that “being able to say ‘ZOLL, mark event’ or ‘LIFEPAK, start print’ could be helpful in reducing equipment contamination and preventing people from standing up when they should be seat-belted.”

Kelly Grayson, another expert, asked a related question: “Why don’t cardiac monitors have Bluetooth and voice-activated event recordings? I can train my smartphone to recognize my voice, type text, and carry out simple commands.”

5. The expansion of telemedicine: Some experts predict that telemedicine will increase drastically. According to EMS1, it already assists in stroke patient assessment and decision making for transport destinations. In the ever-changing landscape of our world, the use of two-way video communication could prove to be a vital asset for expert/complex assessment.

Ryan Greenberg explained it best to EMS1: “A distant paramedic or other clinician, linked to EMS crews in the field, will provide an additional ALS evaluation on complex medical calls. A distant paramedic could also add a mental health professional with video conferencing to assessments of patients with behavioral emergencies.”

Overview of Unitek EMT

If EMS1’s predictions about the future of EMS tech has inspired you, allow us to give you a brief overview of our EMT program. At Unitek EMT, we strive to prepare our students for a career in EMS. Veteran EMS professionals impart vital knowledge and skills through a combination of professional lectures, practical 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 or you’re curious about EMT education requirements, we offer an EMT 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.

Take charge of your future with Unitek EMT!

 

 

 

1 https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/ems/data.html

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

Publishing Handbooks

If you’re new to emergency medical services, you may not know about the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT). They function as the certifying organization for the nation’s emergency medical service needs. According to the NREMT website, the mission of the registry has “always been centered on protecting the public and advancing the EMS profession.”1

More specifically, they maintain an effective, uniform process to evaluate the knowledge and skills necessary for competent practice by EMS workers. Founded in 1970, the NREMT provides a truly invaluable service to the field of EMS. As the NREMT website states, they supply “psychometrically-valid proof of entry-level competence for nationally certified EMS personnel through rigorous cognitive and psychomotor examinations.”  

About the NREMT Handbook

In early March, 2018, the National Registry announced the release of NREMT handbooks to assist those seeking initial certification. The handbooks will be available for various certification levels, including EMRs, EMTs, AEMTs, and Paramedics. According to the NREMT, they provide candidates with a detailed, step-by-step process for completing applications and tackling certification exams.

Not only will the handbooks offer incredibly useful information about the certification process, but they will also include answers to some of the NREMT’s most frequently asked questions. If you’d like to have all the essential information in one place, an NREMT handbook might be the perfect tool for you!

The NREMT has stated2 that the handbooks will cover the following topics:

+ The National Registry

+ Candidate responsibilities

+ The application processes

+ Cognitive and psychomotor exams

+ Certification polices

The handbooks can be downloaded from the NREMT website. If you have any questions not answered in the handbook, the NREMT encourages candidates to reach out through their website, email, or contact center.

More About Unitek EMT

At Unitek EMT, we strive to prepare our students for a career in EMS. Veteran EMS professionals impart vital knowledge and skills through a combination of professional lectures, practical 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 or you’re curious about EMT education requirements, we offer an EMT program with several variations to better accommodate our students. These include a 14-Day Boot Camp3 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.

Continuing Education Courses at Unitek EMT

If you are already an EMT or you would like to enhance your current skillset, one of our continuing education courses might be the right choice for you. Offered exclusively at our Fremont Campus, these courses include Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and the EMT Refresher. Please see below for more information about these continuing education courses.

+ Basic Life Support Course: This course will assist healthcare professionals who need to gain several skills, such as performing chest compressions, providing correct ventilations, and developing the ability to recognize life-threatening situations.

+ Advanced Cardiac Life Support Course: The course is intended for healthcare workers who must work as a team in cases of cardiac arrest, acute coronary syndrome (ACS), and stroke events. The ACLS class will assist students in developing the competence they’ll need in the field.

+ EMT Refresher Course: A comprehensive, 3-day course, this EMT Refresher provides 24 hours of continuing education. It also gives students the opportunity to apply for EMT state recertification. For those based in Arizona, we offer an EMT Refresher in Chandler as well!

Jumpstart your career with Unitek EMT!

 

 

 

 

1 https://www.nremt.org/rwd/public/document/about

2 https://www.nremt.org/rwd/public/document/news-handbooks

3 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 EMTs Stay Safe

While Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) act as first responders, they must also take precautions to ensure that their safety isn’t at risk. Rules and regulations can usually be gleaned through EMT basic training, but others are learned through experience in the field.

Today, we’d like to highlight some general safety tips for EMTs and other EMS workers. These tips were found on EMS World, a highly informative website and resource for the EMS profession.

Here are seven tips to help keep you safe on (and off) the rig!

Seven Safety Tips for EMS Workers

1. Always pay attention to your surroundings: According to EMS World, scene overview should begin the moment you arrive. Take note of weather conditions, traffic flow, and any possible construction. Some calls can be incredibly chaotic, and you must remain aware to ensure your partner’s safety as well as your own.

2. Carefully watch for hazardous scenes: It’s also important to be aware of hazardous elements that you may encounter on a call. For example, these can include downed power lines, fuel leaks, and unstable structures, just to name a few. As an EMS professional, you often need to expect the unexpected.

3. Wait for police to secure violent scenes: For your safety, it is of the utmost importance that you do not rush into a violent scene before the police have cleared it. EMS World suggests that you remain at a safe distance until the police are able to secure the area. It’s also important that you do not follow a police car into a scene. As EMS World states, if the police need to draw their weapons, you don’t want to get caught in the line of fire.

4. Remember your safety gear and equipment: Get in the habit of wearing your issued safety gear. This can include safety vests, gloves, helmets, and EMS turnout gear. Not only are these items designed to protect you from injury, but they also limit or prevent exposure to dangerous chemicals, blood borne pathogens, etc.

5. Operate the ambulance as safely as possible: While there isn’t an excuse to discard your safety gear, there also isn’t an excuse to drive dangerously. Remember that you aren’t just responsible for your safety, but your partner’s safety, the patient’s safety, and the public’s safety. As we stated earlier, always pay attention to the weather and road conditions.

6. Perform a pre-shift vehicle checkout: According to EMS World, it’s vital that EMS professionals conduct a pre-shift vehicle checkout by inspecting oil levels, the tires, the siren, and the lights. You need to ensure that everything is in working order before you start your shift. Why? The answer is usually the same, and it can be summed up in one word: safety.

7. Avoid lifting injuries on the job: Lessen or avoid back pain on a shift by squatting and using proper body mechanics. As they say, always lift with your legs—never your back. To ensure a long-term career, it’s critical that you correctly lift patients. Additionally, EMS World suggests that you start doing a few stretches before your shift. When combined with proper lifting, you will greatly help your body combat the physical stressors of the job.

About Unitek EMT

At Unitek EMT, we strive to prepare our students for a career in EMS. Seasoned EMS professionals impart critical knowledge and skills through a combination of expert lectures, simulation training, and workshop-style classes. To gain as much experience as possible, students will also partake in a clinical rotation.

We believe these real-world experiences greatly benefit our students and influence their success. If you’ve been searching for EMT training or you’re curious about EMT education requirements, we offer an EMT program with several variations to better accommodate our students. These include a 14-Day Boot Camp* 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.

Lay the groundwork for your future with Unitek EMT!

 

 

* The EMT Boot Camp is the portion of the EMT program that includes intensive on-campus education, daily lectures, and hands-on skills. This version of the EMT program also includes a 50+ hour online portion that must be completed prior to graduation.

EMT Basic Training

Career Resources for EMS Personnel

Don’t worry if you’re new to Emergency Medical Services (EMS) or haven’t had a chance to do as much research as you’d like. There are many stellar resources at your fingertips, and we’ve put together a list of them for you! Of course, these are only some of the resources you’ll find for EMS professionals.

For now, we hope you’ll find this list helpful!

 

1. The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT): You are probably familiar with this amazing organization. According to their website, the NREMT “serves as the Nation’s Emergency Medical Services Certification organization. The mission of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians has always been centered on protecting the public and advancing the EMS profession.” 1

       This comprehensive website runs the gamut of the EMS spectrum. Not only do they provide critical information for certification and recertification, but they do so for Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), Emergency Medical Responders (EMRs), Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians (AEMTs), and Paramedics. They also provide numerous resources for EMS professionals, including this featured job listing.

2. EMS1: This is another great website that provides various resources for EMS workers. Along with a career page for both job seekers and EMS recruiters, they also provide the latest job news, the latest EMS news in general, training opportunities, countless articles and blog posts, and so much more. Check out this article for “29 best tips, books and resources for EMS providers.”

3. EMS Job Center: This website is exactly what it says on the tin—a very helpful center for job seekers and employers alike! Here you’ll find a lengthy list of available jobs, job alerts, resources, and resume management. Employers, on the other hand, will find products, a resume bank, candidate management, and more.

4. Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS): At JEMS, you’ll have access to information about patient care, the latest news, administration and leadership, training, operations, major incidents, and mobile integrated healthcare. Along with a section dedicated to jobs and webcasts, you’ll also find authors, an editorial board, columns, supplements, and the journal, among others!

 

Without a doubt, EMS workers provide an invaluable service. If you read this list and found yourself considering a career as an EMT, you might want to check out our EMT program at Unitek EMT. Our California and Arizona locations both hold boot camp style EMT training, and California will offer an Expanded Online Hybrid version of the EMT Program.

For more information about Unitek EMT, please contact us toll-free at 888-790-1458.

 

1 https://www.nremt.org/rwd/public/document/about

EMS Stories from the Summer of 2018

It isn’t hard to find heroic stories about EMS workers. Whether they’re responding to a high-stakes call or completing a calm, quiet transport, EMS professionals are constantly helping others. Today, we want to shed a light on some exceptional EMS stories from the summer of 2018.

These tales of valor were all found on a website called EMS1. Not only does EMS1 provide relevant news for the community, but they also supply important training information, various related services, job listings, and a network for EMS professionals. After reading this list, we highly recommend you check them out!

Without further ado, here are some remarkable EMS stories:

 

1. Dispatcher coaches a family through the delivery of their baby (Monroe County, IN): As recounted in this EMS1 story, Britt Miller had never helped anyone deliver a baby over the phone. However, she successfully assisted Kim Schroeder with the delivery of her grandchild. The two later met at the hospital and shared a celebratory moment.

2. Heroic paramedic restrains senior home resident with a gun (Buffalo, NY): Reportedly, the paramedic was in the process of convincing the resident to go to the hospital—specifically for a psychiatric evaluation—when the elderly man took out a gun and shot at a nearby maintenance worker. The paramedic quickly restrained the man, and continued to do so until the police arrived.

3. Paramedics presented with the Big Willie Whitley Citizenship Award for saving a police officer (Oakland, CA): In June, three civilian paramedics came to the aid of a police officer. After knocking Officer Hector Chavez to the ground, Sean Miller proceeded to attack him with a barrage of punches, all the while yelling “I’m going to kill you.” Together, the three paramedics stopped the attack and called for aid.

4. Paramedic witnesses a robbery and helps restrain the suspect (Queens, NY): After an elderly woman flagged him down, Lt. Dwayne Coley and two colleagues ran toward a local café and helped detain the suspect of a robbery. Their willingness to jump into harm’s way is a common trait seen in EMS professionals.

5. First responders discuss their heroic rescue of a trapped woman (Mesa, AZ): Various EMS professionals helped save a woman who almost drowned in a canal. Dispatchers, firefighters, and other responders coordinated the rescue efforts, which involved lowering a ladder into the woman’s submerged vehicle.

6. A fire captain and a paramedic save two people struck by lightning (Sheridan, IL): Before the fireworks even went off, a fourth of July celebration quickly took a tragic turn. Two victims—an 18-year-old man and a 4-year-old girl—were struck by lightning, sending both of them into cardiac arrest. The presence and quick thinking of two EMS professionals likely saved their lives.

7. Paramedic honored for his strength and bravery while rescuing an injured hiker (Coupeville, WA): Paramedic Nick Runions and EMT Tom Cross came across a hiker with a broken ankle and a torn ligament. Because the path was very narrow, Runions strapped the hiker to his back and carried her to the peak of the summit so that they could safely transport her to the bottom of the trail.

8. A doctor and an assistant fire chief save a man mid-flight (Detroit, MI): St. Paul Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief and EMT Mike Gaede assisted a doctor by providing an ailing man with oxygen and an IV until the plane could make an emergency landing. Gaede was flying home after attending memorial services for David Rosa, a Long Beach Fire Captain who had been fatally shot in the line of duty.

 

If you’ve become inspired by these stories, you might want to consider Emergency Medical Technician training. At Unitek EMT, we offer EMT training in California and Arizona, online EMT training, an EMT refresher course, and so much more.

For more information about Unitek EMT, please contact us toll-free at 888-790-1458.