The Edge: Supraglottic Airways as Intubation Aids
Ambu's AuraGain is among the advanced second-generation devices. (Photo: Ambu) by James DuCanto, MD  Originally Published February 2022 (ISSN 51) EMS World Magazine The Edge is a monthly blog series developed by EMS World and FlightBridgeED that features top EMS medical directors exploring the intricacies of critical care in EMS practice. In this installment FlightBridgeED’s associate medical director of airway and ventilation, James DuCanto, MD, examines the evolution of supraglottic airways.
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National Mentoring Month: Tips and Tricks for Successful and Meaningful Mentoring Experiences
INTRODUCTION National Mentoring Month is a great opportunity to reflect on the importance of mentorship. If you've been around FlightBridgeED for any amount of time you know that mentors have made an incredible impact on our lives and our organization. We also understand the value of passing on what we have learned through mentors, and from our own experience to others. Whether you’re looking for a mentor or simply want to give back, National Mentoring Month is your opportunity to be the difference. Here are some tips and tricks for successful and meaningful mentoring experiences.
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What is the Difference Between The Flight Paramedic (FP-C) Exam And the Critical Care Paramedic (CCP-C) Exam?
  OVERVIEW The Flight Paramedic (FP-C) exam is designed to test the knowledge of experienced, master-level paramedics who are working as part of a medical flight crew. The Critical Care Paramedic (CCP-C) exam is a bit broader in scope and is designed to test the knowledge of adept paramedics working in any critical care environment from transport to in-hospital.  
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What It Takes to Become a Certified Flight Nurse
  What Is a Flight Nurse? A flight nurse is a registered nurse with the training and experience to provide critical care in transport environments. This can be either rotor (helicopter) or fixed-wing, typically working alongside other medical providers such as paramedics, other nurses, respiratory therapists, nurse practitioners, or physicians; they're essential for providing top-level patient care when it matters most!
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What It Takes to Become a Certified Flight Paramedic
  FLIGHT PARAMEDIC OVERVIEW Helicopter EMS (HEMS), also known as air ambulance services, are critical in saving lives. Air medical transport teams have to have the right experience, skills, and training. A certified flight paramedic is a professional in pre-hospital, critical care, and emergency healthcare. If you're ready to take your career in this direction, read on for everything you need to know before becoming a certified flight paramedic.  
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Magnifying The Genius In Others
INTRODUCTION A few years ago I was asked to be an expert blog submission writer for a website called Convene First Responders. Convene First Responders is a platform for first responders of all disciplines to share their respective experiences in a format that fosters learning and development. The goal is to break the barriers often seen in our profession and allow people the ability to share so we all can learn. Experiences are the best way to relate to one another and break those barriers we often see.
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10 Essentials You Need to Pack for FAST 2022
The time is finally here. Your trip to FAST 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada is just around the corner. You finally have the opportunity to explore new ideas, make new connections, and learn from the most influential leaders in critical care medicine. As you pack your bags and prepare to head off to the desert, you might be wondering what you’ll actually need to pack for the conference. The good news is, you don’t need a lot to attend a conference, but there are a few things you’ll want to pack to ensure that you have the best conference experience possible. So, here’s our list of the top 10 essentials you need to pack for FAST 2022.
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You are the first responder dispatched to a multi-casualty incident (MCI) for a motor vehicle collision on the interstate, with multiple cars on fire and bodies strewn all over the highway. You arrive in the “controlled” chaos with the roadway barely shut down. You immediately smell smoke and see fire everywhere, seeing danger at every step. You are handed the limp body of a three-year-old female child who isn’t breathing and you note a weak pulse on brachial palpation. You start resuscitation efforts and transport her to the appropriate facility. Once you turn over care to the receiving RN and MDs, you and your partner head back into service and move toward the designated call area. As the adrenaline subsides, you are left alone with your thoughts.
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Well, I'll be Damped – How Square Wave Testing Can Assure Accuracy in Your Hemodynamic Monitoring Interpretations
Since the inception of hemodynamic monitoring, square wave testing, also known as dynamic response testing, continues to intermittently confuse both new and experienced critical care providers.  Square wave testing can have a direct impact on the validity and accuracy of the hemodynamic values which are obtained from the invasive monitoring de
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