24-7 ems medical emergencies: 21 Courses

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: 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: Geriatric Poisonings (V2)

Product Code: EMS1028

Increased medical resources, new and improving pharmaceuticals, and an expanding elderly population mean EMS professionals have a greater opportunity to respond to a geriatric patient experiencing adverse affects from medications.

Knowing how to evaluate the scene, as well as understanding the psychological and physiological changes of aging and the interactions of medications, will provide a solid foundation for dealing with a geriatric patient who is experiencing an overdose, whether accidental or intentional.

Featuring Lisa L Booze, Pharm.D., CSPI Clinical Coordinator Maryland Poison Center University of Maryland School of Pharmacy Baltimore, Maryland.

24-7 EMS Online: Anaphylaxis (V2)

Product Code: EMS1038

Anatomy and physiology of the body’s immune response to antigens. Signs, symptoms, and treatments for allergic reactions and critical on-scene history and assessment.

Epinephrine and albuterol use for allergic reactions is discussed, as is the importance of airway management.

Featuring Gordon Kokx, BS, NREMT-Paramedic, Professor, EMS Program Director The College of Southern Idaho Twin Falls, Idaho.

24-7 EMS Online: Cold Weather Emergencies: Hypothermia (V2)

Product Code: EMS1046

Cold weather emergencies can affect victims at any time during the year. A decrease in body temperature will have the same affect whether it is mid-January or mid-July.

Providers should familiarize themselves with different cold dangers, the signs and symptoms of hypothermia, and the consideration for hypothermia depending on the current environment or situation.

Featuring Augie Bamonti, EMT-P, PHTLS Executive Council, from Chicago Heights, Illinois.

24-7 EMS Online: Cyanide Poisoning (V2)

Product Code: EMS1054

Cyanide poisoning is an occupational hazard for EMS and firefighters. Patient outcome is improved by rapid assessment and administration of an antidote.

This class reviews smoke composition, inhalation type injuries, and the effects of cyanide on the system. Signs and symptoms of cyanide depend on the concentration of the gas and exposure time.

Featuring Jeffrey Bruggeman, NREMT-P

24-7 EMS Online: Extreme Heat Emergencies (V2)

Product Code: EMS1055

This course illustrates classic and exertional heat stroke, reviewing the signs, symptoms, and treatments of a variety of heat-related illnesses.

Includes a review of the physiological effects of heat and the four methods of heat transfer from the body.

24-7 EMS Online: Behavioral Emergencies: Excited Delirium (V2)

Product Code: EMS1057

Excited delirium is a serious medical condition that is often fatal. It is critical that EMS providers know how to recognize excited delirium from other behavioral emergencies.

These patients require immediate medical interventions; prolonged struggles can have serious consequences. A discussion of Taser use, patient positioning, and assessment and treatment of a patient is reviewed.

Featuring Dr. Keith Wesley, MD, FACEP, Medical Director for the Health East Care System in St. Paul, Minnesota.

24-7 EMS Online: Diabetic Emergencies (V2)

Product Code: EMS1063

Diabetes is a metabolic disease in which the body either fails to produce insulin, or cannot use insulin effectively to process sugar. The result is that excess sugar or glucose will circulate in the blood and can cause damage to vital organs like the heart and kidney.

Diabetes can also exacerbate other disease processes, causing complications for the patient. An estimated 26 million Americans have diabetes and over 70 million display symptoms of a pre-diabetic condition.

The focus of this program is the role of the EMS responder in identifying and managing a diabetic patient in a prehospital setting.

Featuring Angel Clark Burba, MS, NRP EMS Program Director Howard Community College

24-7 EMS Online: Stroke (V2)

Product Code: EMS1070

Stroke remains a leading cause of death and long-term disability. Recent advances in stroke treatment options are helping to improve stroke morbidity and mortality rates, but one of the most important factors in the treatment of stroke is minimizing time to treatment.

Approximately 80% of strokes suffered are ischemic, involving a blockage of a cerebral artery. Highly effective clot-busting drug interventions must be administered within three hours, and no more than four and a half hours, of the onset of symptoms.

Since half of all stroke patients are transported by EMS, first responders play a critical role in saving the lives and maintaining quality-of-life for these patients. The faster a stroke is recognized and care is initiated, the higher the likelihood of a positive outcome.

This program outlines the signs and symptoms of stroke, reviews the use of stroke assessment tools, and explains how EMS responders can greatly affect stroke treatment outcomes by minimizing time to treatment for stroke patients.

Featuring Eric H Beck, DO, NREMT-P, CCEMT-P

24-7 EMS Online: Geriatric Behavioral Emergencies (v2)

Product Code: EMS1075

Successful care of the elderly requires differentiating between acute and chronic problems. Medical problems such as medication use, misuse, or interactions often present as behavioral problems.

This class reviews key considerations in treating geriatric patients.

24-7 EMS Online: Asthma (V2)

Product Code: EMS1082

Asthma is a chronic inflammation of the airways that can cause, coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. An estimated 26 million Americans suffer from asthma and three to four thousand people die from complications of this disease every year.

These deaths often result from sudden, severe asthma attacks that are not treated quickly or properly by the patient or emergency responders. This program describes how to identify, diagnose, and respond to asthma in a pre-hospital setting.

The focus of this program is the treatment of asthma patients who are experiencing an acute and life-threatening attack.

Featuring: Jonathan Politis, MPA, NREMT-P

24-7 EMS Online: Bariatric Patient: Care and Transport (V2)

Product Code: EMS1083

This program illustrates the assessment, treatment, and transport of a morbidly obese patient. Morbidly obese patients often suffer from a multitude of health concerns; assessments can be complex and may need to be modified.

It is important for EMS not to get caught up in the operational aspects of transport and to remember these patients need care and respect.

Featuring Richard Beebe, M.ED, RN, NREMT-P, Assistant Professor at SUNY in Cobleskill New York

24-7 EMS Online: Heart Failure (V2)

Product Code: EMS1088

The term “Heart Failure” is now replacing the once commonly used “Congestive Heart Failure,” or “CHF.” This program outlines the stages and classifications of heart failure and reminds us that the signs and symptoms are many, and will vary in degree and severity.

The program also reviews the disease process and the types of commonly prescribed medications.

Featuring: Mike McEvoy, PhD, NREMT-P, RN, CCRN, Saratoga County, New York

24-7 EMS Online: Seizures (V2)

Product Code: EMS1097

Most seizures are symptoms of an underlying problem. In this class, different types of seizures are reviewed as well as their signs, symptoms, and unique characteristics.

Discusses the importance of a thorough assessment and history of a seizure patient, explains that seizures in children are an indication of a possible life-threatening infection.

Featuring: Dave Page, MS, NREMT-P, Emergency Health Services faculty, Inver Hill Community

24-7 EMS Online: Street Drugs (v2)

Product Code: EMS1098

Identify signs, symptoms, and best practices for treating drug overdoses. Course reviews required care, treatment, and intervention. Learn about commonly misused drugs, safety concerns for EMS providers, and toxidromes that may indicate substances used by patients.

Featuring Wendy Klein-Schwartz, MD, Maryland Poison Center and University of Maryland, School of Pharmacy

24-7 EMS Online: Summer Emergencies (V2)

Product Code: EMS1099

Heat emergencies, signs, symptoms, and treatment, as well as differences between hyper-sensitivity and allergic reactions due to bites or stings are reviewed.

Drowning and near-drowning emergency care, importance of rescuer safety, how to differentiate between heat exhaustion and heat stroke, and emergency treatment for bites and stings.

Featuring Jeff Lindsey, PhD, EMT-P - 24-7 EMS Education Coordinator

24-7 EMS Online: Renal Failure: Chronic (V2)

Product Code: EMS1112

Chronic renal failure is a condition that affects nearly all the systems in the body. Patients with chronic kidney disease or end-stage renal disease can experience many different types of complications that are caused or exacerbated by renal failure.

As an EMS provider, a basic understanding of chronic renal failure and its causes can help you to better recognize and provide care for these related complications. This program reviews the growing rate of renal failure incidence, how renal failure occurs, how to recognize renal failure, complications related to dialysis, other illnesses related to chronic kidney disease or end-stage renal disease, and care to provide in a prehospital environment.

Featuring Kevin Collopy, EMS author and has written several textbook chapters, magazine articles, develops on-line continuing education courses and is on the EMSWorld advisory board.

24-7 EMS Online: Renal Failure: Acute (V2)

Product Code: EMS1113

Acute renal failure (ARF) is a life-threatening condition that can develop in a matter of hours or days. Fortunately, with appropriate and rapid treatment, it is reversible.

As an EMS provider, you can help to improve outcomes for patients with acute renal failure with early recognition and treatment. This program reviews the basic anatomy and function of the kidneys, what causes acute renal failure, and care to provide in a prehospital environment.

Featuring Kevin T. Collopy, BA, FP-C, CCEMT-P, WEMT, NRP

Ebola Awareness for EMS

Product Code: EMS1115

Ebola is a rare and deadly disease that is caused by infection with one of the Ebola virus strains. There have been several cases thus far of Ebola in the United States.

Transmission occurs through bodily fluids, which makes EMS providers vulnerable.

This program will help EMS providers identify the signs, symptoms, and patient history of the Ebola Virus Disease; describe the necessary personal protective equipment to be used and methods for proper personal protective equipment (PPE) removal; explain the procedures used to clean and disinfect transport vehicles; and will specify follow-up procedures that EMS providers should follow when caring for a patient who has signs, symptoms, and patient history consistent with the Ebola Virus Disease.

Featuring Jeffrey Lindsey, PhD, CFO, Paramedic

Abdominal Emergencies

Product Code: EMS1118

EMS providers often feel helpless when responding to calls concerning abdominal injuries. There is a pervasive belief that if abdominal pain is treated in a prehospital setting that doctors won’t be able to adequately assess the patient in the hospital environment.

Studies have shown that when EMS responders provide initial assessment and pain management it can actually serve to make in-hospital assessment more accurate. 2There are many misconceptions about pain of the abdomen and abdominal medical emergencies. Because there typically isn’t a wound or outward appearance of an injury, responders are reluctant to treat something that they can’t see.

A lack of familiarity with anatomy can also cause confusion over how to treat. EMS providers play a vital role in recognizing the cause of the patient’s condition, performing an initial assessment, and providing pain relief.

This program examines some common causes of abdominal pain, prehospital diagnosis, and treatment options and alternatives for EMS providers.

Featuring - Matthew Ozanich, Matt is an adjunct faculty member at Youngstown State University in the EMS Program and he is a Nationally Registered Paramedic and has a Master’s Degree in Health and Human Services.