Disaster and Counter-Terrorism Medicine

This series of 48 presentations covers the most important topics of disaster and counter-terrorism medicine, including mitigation, preparedness and response strategies, and specific disaster scenarios such as earthquake, hurricane, CBRNE and asymmetric terrorist attack.

This library of presentations helps EMS personnel, hospitals, muncipalities and schools learn the skills and strategies of disaster and counter-terrorism medicine.

Developed and narrated by Dr. Gregory Ciottone, the world’s leading expert in disaster and counter-terrorism medicine and Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School.


24-7 EMS Online: Interpreting Vital Signs (V2)

Product Code: EMS1001

By correctly interpreting vital signs, the EMS professional can indentify life-threatening emergencies, predict the severity of a patient's hemodynamic state, determine treatement and correctly monitor the overall condition of the patient.

This course reviews the importance of assessing and interpreting the vital signs and how to use these findings to improve the quality of patient care.

Featuring Lt. Anthony Tedesco, BSN, RN, NREMT-P Clearwater Fire & Rescue St. Petersburg College - EMS Program

24-7 EMS Online: Geriatric Assessment (V2)

Product Code: EMS1002

This program will help EMS providers understand the physiological and psychological differences among the geriatric population and provide an EMS responder with a good foundation for developing effective communication and assessment tools in order to provide quality patient care.

Featuring Christopher Shane Henderson, B.S., FF/EMT-P Adjunct EMS Instructor St. Petersburg Fire & Rescue St. Petersburg College.

24-7 EMS Online: Sudden Cardiac Death (V2)

Product Code: EMS1003

Sudden cardiac death (SCD) accounts for approximately 5% of all deaths. This program will discuss the circumstances surrounding SCD, contributing factors, and methods to reduce the risk of SCD, as well as how the EMS professional assesses a patient who has died.

Featuring Mike McEvoy, PhD, REMT-P, RN, CCRN, EMS Coordinator - Saratoga County, New York EMS Director - NYS Association of Fire Chiefs FireEMS editor - Fire Engineering magazine Clinical Assoc. Professor Critical Care Medicine - Albany Medical College

24-7 EMS Online: Airway Care (V2)

Product Code: EMS1004

If a patient isn’t breathing, they are dying. Airway care is critical, yet it is the most failed skills test in the National Registry of EMT testing.

Course offers in-depth review of airway care skills, featuring demonstration of a variety of artificial ventilation techniques.

Featuring Joe Mistovich, M. Ed., NREMT-P, Professor, Youngstown State University, Ohio.

24-7 EMS Online: Burns: Thermal (v2)

Product Code: EMS1005

Signs and symptoms of superficial, partial, and full thickness burns with discussion of pain and airway management.

A review of the skin and its functions, graphics and photos of different burn types, and the rule of nines assessment method are included.

Featuring Nerina Stepanovsky, PhD, RN, Paramedic, EMS Program Director St. Petersburg College, St. Petersburg, Florida. Lt. Col. (Ret.), USAFR, Nurse Corps

24-7 EMS Online: Emergency Vehicle Operations (v2)

Product Code: EMS1006

Safe driving techniques, common causes of accidents, and ways to improve your skills are highlighted.

When responding in emergency mode, personnel must drive with “due regard” and operate within states laws regarding emergency vehicle response. An operator of an emergency vehicle is responsible for the safety of themselves, the crew, and the patient.

24-7 EMS Online: Geriatric Trauma: Hip Injuries (v2)

Product Code: EMS1007

This program reviews the effects of hip and pelvic trauma in geriatric patients.

The anatomy and physiology of the hip is reviewed, basic emergency care, pain management and the special consideration of treating a geriatric patient with an injury to the lower extremity is highlighted.

Featuring Heather Davis, MS, NREMT-P, Educational Program Director, UCLA

24-7 EMS Online: Lifting and Moving (v2)

Product Code: EMS1009

This class reviews steps for safe lifting and moving. Power lifts, squat lifts, and power grips are defined and demonstrated.

Patient-moving devices and three types of emergency moves are reviewed and demonstrated. The class re-emphasizes the importance of good physical fitness and conditioning, as well as the use of good body mechanics to prevent injury.

24-7 EMS Online: Mechanism of Injury (v2)

Product Code: EMS1010

Mechanism of injury is a key indicator of the possible injuries you will find on-scene. Course reviews the most common types of MOIs, the importance of kinetic energy, and the role speed plays in an MVC.

The most common injuries associated with blunt and penetrating trauma are illustrated.

24-7 EMS Online: Risk Management: Refusals & Abandonment (v2)

Product Code: EMS1013

Duty to Act, Scope of Practice, Standards of Care—what does it all mean to you?

In this program, the scope and depth of the responsibilities of an EMS provider are reviewed, along with patient’s rights, types of consent, and the correct way to transfer or terminate care.

Excellent documentation on every patient is essential and the key to avoiding litigation.

Featuring Matt Streger, Paramedic Attorney at Law at Kern Augustine Conroy & Schoppmann, P.C.

24-7 EMS Online: Medical Assessment: Syncope (v2)

Product Code: EMS1014

Emphasizes the significance of syncopal episodes as first and only warning signs for very serious causes—the four most common are reviewed.

History and on-scene assessment are often the most critical information that emergency departments receive.

Featuring William Raynovich, Director of EMS Education, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska

24-7 EMS Online: Sports Injuries (v2)

Product Code: EMS1015

Head, neck and spine injuries are common injuries that occur with contact sports. Many states have laws requiring coaches to assess for head injuries and to restrict all players with potential head injuries (concussions) from further participation until cleared by a physician.

Another risk for athletes is sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). This course reviews how to recognize and respond to typical contact sport injuries, with a special focus on the relationship between the athletic trainer and the EMS crew during an emergency.

Featuring Paul A. Berlin, Ms, NREMT-P Medical Division Chief (Ret.) Gig Harbor, Washington

24-7 EMS Online: Electrical Injuries (v2)

Product Code: EMS1016

Electrical injuries, although relatively uncommon, are certainly encountered by most emergency medical providers. Adult electrical injuries usually occur in the workplace, whereas children are primarily injured in the household setting.

The range of electrical injury is very broad, from negligible injuries to severe multi-system involvement (with both hidden and delayed complications), and sometimes even death.

This course will explore the effects of electricity on the human body, as well as the assessment and treatment for post-electrical shock patients.

Featuring Captain Steven C. LeCroy, MA, NREMTP, CRTT St. Petersburg, Fire and Rescue

24-7 EMS Online: MVC Management (v2)

Product Code: EMS1017

Motor vehicle collision (MVC) incidents resulted in numerous deaths and hundreds of injuries to EMS providers. MVCs encompass a complex assortment of unique situations where injured victims are amidst a variety of potential hazards such as traffic, chemical spills, fire, damaged vehicles, weather conditions and terrain challenges.

In addition, the introduction and popularity of electric and hybrid vehicles has increased the number of threats to EMS providers at the scene of a MVC. EMS providers must review and practice common techniques and procedures necessary to safely manage and mitigate these type of incidents.

This course reviews early recognition of needed additional resources, implementation of safety measures, coordinating the treatment of victims, and mitigation of any existing or potential hazards.

Featuring Division Chief Roger Lippert, BPHE, MICT Johnson County Med-Act Olathe, Kansas

24-7 EMS Online: Advanced Airway Management (V2)

Product Code: EMS1018

This program discusses the advantages of using advanced airways and the downside of these devices when used inappropriately or placed incorrectly.

Signs and symptoms of inadequate breathing are reviewed, as is the anatomy and physiology of the airway, proper BVM technique, and the various types of airway adjuncts.

Featuring Ed Racht, MD, Medical Director, Austin/Travis County EMS, Texas

24-7 EMS Online: Medication Errors & Equipment Failures (V2)

Product Code: EMS1019

Course addresses how to prevent medical legal issues through proper documentation and appropriate recourses when a medical error or equipment failure incident occurs that could result in a legal case.

Prevention techniques, error recognition, issuing appropriate apologies, and provider attitude are also reviewed.

Featuring Christopher H. Howard, JD Seattle, Washington

24-7 EMS Online: Pediatric Emergencies: Burns (V2)

Product Code: EMS1020

Course addresses how to prevent medical legal issues through proper documentation and appropriate recourses when a medical error or equipment failure incident occurs that could result in a legal case.

Prevention techniques, error recognition, issuing appropriate apologies, and provider attitude are also reviewed.

Featuring Christopher H. Howard, JD Seattle, Washington

24-7 EMS Online: STEMI Care (V2)

Product Code: EMS1021

This course reviews assessing objective data in a cardiac emergency such as vital signs, the events of the current complaint, and the ECG findings, as well as evaluating the complaint, gathering objective data, and analyzing the situation.

Prepares EMS personnel to recognize a STEMI and formulating a care plan to effectively reduce patient morbidity and mortality.

Featuring Michael L. Wallace, MPA, EMTP, CCEMTP EMS Division Captain Central Jackson County Fire Protection District Blue Springs, Missouri

24-7 EMS Online: Domestic Violence (V2)

Product Code: EMS1022

Domestic violence can occur in any type of relationship, age range, ethnic background, or economic level, and can be directed towards women or men.

This course reviews the appropriate EMS response to calls involving abuse, including the importance of understanding the history of underlying oppression, the frequency and severity of occurrences, and an awareness that they themselves are not immune to the effects of an abusive situation.

Featuring Bryan E. Bledsoe, DO, FACEP, FAAEM Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine University of Nevada School of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine University Medical Center of Southern Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada.

24-7 EMS Online: Air Medical Transports (V2)

Product Code: EMS1023

This course helps ground providers consider all objective information when deciding to utilize an air medical transport service, including ensuring the safety of the ground crew, the flight crew, and the patient during landing, transferring, and transporting.

Featuring Barbara Maher, RN, EMT-P, FPC, MS (Paramedic, Flight Paramedic, and Nurse) University of Maryland Medical Center, University of Maryland ExpressCare Critical Care Transport Team, and Military Reserve Officer.

24-7 EMS Online: Airway Management Essentials (V2)

Product Code: EMS1024

This course reviews thorough assessment of airway viability, adverse conditions that may occur during emergency treatment for essential airway intervention, as well as proper techniques for the various adjuncts available to maintain an open airway.

Also discussed is the need to avoid invasive tools when a lesser tool will do the job equally well without the risk of complication.

Featuring Shaun Fix, PMD, NREMT-P EMS Captain, Boca Raton Fire Rescue, President, Emergency Medical Consultant

24-7 EMS Online: Safety: Responder Respiratory Protection and SCBA (V2)

Product Code: EMS1025

In 911 emergencies involving known biological hazards dispatched as “simple” medical responses or everyday calls, respiratory protection is often dismissed unless there is an obvious situation that involves smoke or a potentially hazardous atmosphere.

EMS professionals must recognize the potential danger and possible respiratory compromise in any environment. This course reviews hazardous conditions involving airborne exposure and the importance of preparing and training for entrance into environments that cannot sustain life without the use of self-contained breathing apparatus.

Featuring Bill Richard, NREMT-P Lead Instructor Crozer Chester Medical Center EMS Chairperson Toxic Fire of 78 Memorial Committee

24-7 EMS Online: Water Rescue Considerations for EMS (V2)

Product Code: EMS1026

Water emergencies are complex situations that require constant scene assessment and management. EMS responders play a pivotal role in caring for patients and rescuers at the scene, providing critical local knowledge and thorough pre-incident planning expertise.

This course helps EMS personnel understand and quickly identify water rescue hazards, and reviews how to work cooperatively with local specialty and supportive resources to increase the likelihood of a positive outcome to these events.

Featuring Adam Wojciehowski, NREMT-B St Croix EMS & Rescue EMT/Rescue Technician

24-7 EMS Online: Facial Injuries (V2)

Product Code: EMS1027

Facial injuries can be devastating for both the patient and the EMS responder. It is the face that connects us to another person: When the face is distorted we have difficulty recognizing the human aspects of a patient and it is a shock.

Once the essentials such as airway and bleeding are addressed, the EMS responder must be capable of assessing the damage to the face and properly anticipate any problems and treat appropriately.

This course reviews facial anatomy, types of injuries, and appropriate treatment to prepare EMS personnel to respond quickly and help prevent complications resulting from facial injuries.

Featuring Barabara Maher, EMTP, FPL, RN, MS. Connie Mattera, MS, RN, EMT-P Northwest Community Hospital EMS Administrative Director