EMS and Obese Patients

It’s no secret obesity rates in America have dramatically increased over the past twenty years. In fact, two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese. People who are overweight or obese are more susceptible to the following health conditions: Coronary heart disease Type 2 diabetes Cancers (endometrial, breast, and colon) Hypertension (high blood pressure) Dyslipidemia (for… Continue reading EMS and Obese Patients

Paramedics and Pediatric Intubation

Riverside County paramedics are no longer allowed to insert breathing tubes in children under nine years old. Dr. Humberto Ochoa, medical director for the Riverside County EMS Agency, suspended the procedure on April 27. Los Angeles and Orange Counties have not used the procedure for years, however nearby San Bernardino County is still allowed to… Continue reading Paramedics and Pediatric Intubation

BLS vs. ALS vs. Cutting Costs

The economic downturn has resulted in many looking for ways to cut costs. In Columbus, Ohio an economic advisory committee suggested comparing the costs and benefits of returning to a basic emergency medical system as opposed to sticking with the advanced support that has been provided for more than forty years. Basic Life Support (BLS)… Continue reading BLS vs. ALS vs. Cutting Costs