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  • Mar122018

    Improving Resiliency for EMT’s

    It seems like every day there is another story on first responder fatigue, poor resiliency and stress. Has the job gotten that bad that no one can survive it anymore? Or does the problem lie within us? I will argue that much of the problem lies with us. Let me explain. There is no arguing that in the past call

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  • Feb072018

    Fit for Duty

    Paramedic and EMS wellness expert Bryan Fass can’t teach providers how to move patients properly if they don’t move correctly themselves. “Why do we get hurt? We don’t move well,” Fass told his audience during “Rescuing Our Responders: Reducing Risk In Public Safety Employees” at ESO Wave in Austin Feb. 2. And most times, simple safety precautions are sufficient to

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  • Jan292018

    Injury Free University Demo

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  • Jan232018

    3 ways to reduce, prevent EMS-related back pain

    Pain when working out or training for fitness is OK, in fact it means you are pushing your body to improve. Pain while running EMS calls or sitting around the station is neither normal nor good. Maybe my perspective is different (actually, I know it is) since I came into EMS after 15 years of clinical physical therapy, athletic training,

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  • Dec092017

    Where we Fail Part 3

    HPA Axis Dysfunction and Stress The physiological stress response is a temporary phenomenon, which acts to prepare the neuroendocrine, musculoskeletal, and cardiovascular systems to respond appropriately to a stressful event Through activation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, glucocorticoids (cortisol) are synthesized and secreted at a higher rate from the adrenal cortex. Simultaneously, sympathetic nervous system (SNS) activation results in increased

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  • Dec092017

    Where we Fail Part 2

    Physical Abilities Testing One of the simplest ways to quickly change the profession is to change our entrance requirements. EMS is a very physical job and all candidates who desire to enter the profession must be able to pass a job specific physical abilities test. Especially for prospective students entering a community college. We need to determine before they enter

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