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The Truth About Cold Water | Read this if you go outside when it's cold.

Mario Vittone has twenty years of combined military service in the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard. Writing for our sister site, gCaptain.com, Mario first …

Coast Guard

Acetaminophen for Acute Mountain Sickness

If you are planning a trip to a high-altitude destination, taking acetaminophen may help reduce your risk of developing acute mountain sickness …

Altitude Sickness | How to Recognise, Cure and Prevent Severe Acute Mountain Sickness

<b>There are two ways of categorizing death at altitude; traumatic and non-traumatic.</b> Traumatic deaths occur from the usual hazards of mountaineering; …

Study reveals harmful effects on kidney of Ibuprofen

The use and effect of ibuprofen, a common ingredient in many pain-relieving medications, among ultramarathon runners was studied by Stanford …

Ultramarathons

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Patient with 108-Degree Fever Shows Seriousness of Early Recognition Treatment of Hyperthermia

A rectal thermometer shows the patient's temperature at 108.3 degrees F. Photo courtesy Jason McMullan<p>Medic 35 is dispatched to a local subdivision …

Tension Pneumothorax: Identification and treatment

By Jim Sideras<p><i>Updated October 17, 2016</i><p>Tension pneumothorax is a life-threatening condition that can occur with chest trauma and is more likely to …

Medicine

Abdominal pain assessment tips to reach a diagnosis

The causes of abdominal pain can range from simple (mild constipation) to life-threatening (abdominal aortic aneurysm or acute MI). Because so many …

A guide to pediatric vital signs

By Alex Bryant, EMS1 Contributor<p>As kids grow, their vital signs change as well. In some cases, these ranges may change within the first day or two of …

Wound Packing Essentials for EMTs and Paramedics

A wound that's deep and bloody, with bleeding that doesn't respond to direct pressure, is a good candidate for wound packing. Photos courtesy Centre …

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Playlist

10 tips for great prehospital splints

A long time ago, when I was a baby EMT, I ran a nursing home call with a more experienced medic. A sweet little old lady had fallen and broken her …

Self Defense

First Aid Kits

I was skiing last year when a friend of mine, another physician, tried to stop next to me - but instead stopped on me. In fact he stopped on my …

4 endocrine emergencies EMS providers need to know

At 0730 hours, a 20-year-old female college student presents in an altered state, combative and struggling with campus police in her dorm room. Her …

Diabetes

EMS Assessment and Treatment of Dogs and Cats Involved in Fires

Photo Glen Ellman<p>As EMS providers, our minds race when we respond to a house fire, probably due to all of the unknowns. There are only two elements …

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High Altitude Illness

How to position an EMS patient after a fall

Syncope is a temporary loss of consciousness resulting from decreased blood flow to the brain. While the idea is simple, the mechanics of syncope can …

Peer-Reviewed

Prove It: Real-time feedback devices improve CPR training

Today is training day for the crew of station 27. After breakfast, dispatch places both the engine and the medic crews out of service and sends them …

Medicine

Lessons From 2 War Zones Make A Difference In Medic Training

A bomb goes off. It's noisy. It's smoky. Lights are flashing, people are shouting. The wounded are bloody and dying. But this isn't a real war zone. It's a training class inside a simulator in San Antonio that recreates the real-life chaos and pressure of combat.<p>Thousands of U.S. military medics, …

U.S. Army

How to prepare EMS students to succeed in high-stress environments

By Gustavo E. Flores<p>Emergency responders — EMS, police, and fire — are tasked with performing critical assessments and interventions under extreme …

Vented versus unvented chest seals for treatment of pneumothorax and prevention of tension pneumothorax in a swine model. - PubMed

BACKGROUND:<p>Unvented chest seals (CSs) are currently recommended for the management of penetrating thoracic injuries in the battlefield. Since no …

Tonic-Clonic Seizures

Generalized tonic-clonic may also be called grand mal or convulsive seizures. They can be scary to watch if you’ve never seen one before. The person …

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F.D.A. Bans Sale of Many Antibacterial Soaps, Saying Risks Outweigh Benefits

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration banned the sale of soaps containing certain antibacterial chemicals on Friday, saying industry had failed to prove they were safe to use over the long term or more effective than using ordinary soap and water.<p>In all the F.D.A. took action against 19 …

FDA

Ice or Heat for Pain Relief?

Should you use ice or heat if you've pulled a back muscle or sprained an ankle, or have a chronic musculoskeletal condition? What you do can make a …

Pain

Drink Up: Hydration is Critical for Aging Athletes

Most ski racers, regardless of age, know to stay hydrated, especially because alpine ski racing often takes place at high elevations and at low …

Reality Training: Do backboards benefit blunt or penetrating trauma patients?

By David Neubert, MD<p><b>What happened:</b> Called to the scene of a shooting, you encounter a patient that has been shot in the back and the arm. He has two …