EMS Expo 2009 Southeast Michigan

by mobrian on July 29, 2009

2009 EMS Expo

Sponsored by Botsford Hospital & LSTI

On August 20 and 21, 2009, Botsford Hospital and the Life Support Training Institute will sponsor the first Southeast Michigan EMS Expo. This educational conference will emphasize the latest technologies and hot topics in trauma care for pre-hospital providers. Speakers will include local, regional, and national experts.

This two day program is packed with various educational and networking opportunities.  The program will include practical [click to continue…]


Diabetes Basics

EMS Training

by mobrian on June 9, 2009

Diabetes is a disease that, at its most basic, is the body not producing enough insulin or is unable to use the insulin it has properly.

By Alan Ramsey

Let’s start with the key player, Insulin, it is the hormone needed for the body to convert food, sugars and starches mainly, into energy.  An easy way to look at it is to see insulin as the key that allows the sugars (glucose) into the cells.  Without it the glucose level in the blood will be high and the available glucose in the cells will be low.  Without the key the glucose can’t enter the cells.  As we will see this shifts the whole body out of balance.

Statistically speaking, approximately 18 million adults and children have been diagnosed.  While another 5.7 million are unaware that they too have diabetes, bringing the total over 23 million people with diabetes.

Diagnosis is [click to continue…]

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Emergency Medical Services for Children Day

May 19, 2009

EMSC Day is This Wednesday May 20, 2009 As part of EMS week, Wednesday is the 25th anniversary celebrating EMS for Children.  The goal this year is to increase public awareness by creating a community network of local businesses, organizations, families, schools, hospitals, EMS agencies, and others that seek to help advance the care of […]

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EMS Week

May 18, 2009

A Proud Partner in Your Community, EMS Week May 17-23 Have you ever had the question come up on why did a fire engine respond to the medical at the neighbors house?  I s it possible that your community needs additional public education on what firefighters do for EMS.  The fire service has been on […]

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Michigan Identifies 17 New Probable Cases of Influenza A (H1N1) Virus

May 4, 2009

Probable cases in Michigan total 37 LANSING, Mich. – The State of Michigan today announced it has identified 17 new probable cases of Influenza A (H1N1) virus, bringing the state total of probable cases to 37.  The 17 new probable cases include one in Allegan County, six in Kent County, four in Livingston County, four […]

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Swine Flu in Michigan

April 27, 2009

Wash Your Hands and If You’re Sick, Use a Sick Day The first reported (listed as possible) case of the Swine flu has come to Michigan and was found in Livingston County today.  It brings about some important tips for the fire service and EMS providers in the State.  This flu virus is technically known […]

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Hypothermia and Other Cold Weather Injuries, Part II

February 22, 2009

Cold weather injuries can occur even if temperatures are above freezing. Some of the more common are Chilblains, frostbite and trench foot


Chilblains is a common cold related injury. It may develop several hours after exposure to the cold. They are painful, itchy, red to purple areas of swelling usually affecting the fingers, toes, nose and ears; but can be seen on other areas of the body. Occasionally blisters and small sores will be seen in some individuals but not always. These lesions can take several weeks to heal and the area can remain sensitive to cold. If found, cover the area with a dry sterile dressing and address re-warming the patient.

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Hypothermia and Other Cold Weather Injuries

January 22, 2009

Hypothermia at its most simple is when you are losing heat faster than you can generate it. It’s simple math that applies across the spectrum of ages. Some groups are more susceptible than others, the very young or old, diabetics and those with peripheral vascular disease just to name a few. For most it isn’t a serious threat, but it can be deadly.

As we are all aware it is not always possible to stay inside on these cold winter days. For those who must brave the elements there are some simple precautions that can help us stay safe and as warm as possible.

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National EMS Education Standards and QAAP Affect Fire Service

December 29, 2008

A Guest Post By Chief Bill Forbush, Garden City Fire Department Recently, many EMS providers have attended regional meeting with state health officials to discuss a number of pressing issues, including the National EMS Education Standards. The standards were developed by a committee of the National Association of EMS Educators (NAEMSE) under contract to the […]

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