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The Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) is a non-profit organization that accredits air and ground medical transport programs in the United States and Canada. One of the recent changes to the 12th edition standards specifies that nursing certification will become transport specific (such as the Certified Flight Registered Nurse [CFRN] or Certified…

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Since its North American debut in 2018, TikTok has dominated the teenage social media market. In 2022, a survey reported that 67% of American teenagers have used TikTok and 16% report use multiple times a day.[1] With its 60 to 120 second videos, TikTok allows users to record and upload video clips on almost any…

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“GCS is less than 8 means you intubate.” This is a gross over-simplification of the most difficult aspect of airway management: The decision to take over and manage a patient’s airway. Not to mention it incorrectly orients clinicians only to consider airway management in those that meet that GCS threshold, despite it being well established…

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Clinical Scenario: You respond as an ALS ambulance to a local dialysis center for a middle-aged male with altered mental status. Upon arrival, you find a conscious male being gently held in his dialysis chair by staff members. They report the patient was partially through his dialysis treatment when he developed acute delirium. Medical History…

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Introduction It is not enough to merely be able to intubate; that is, perform the physical skill of instrumenting the airway and placing an endotracheal tube. Too often, prehospital and emergency clinicians find themselves in situations where mere intubation is not necessarily the most effective and important intervention being performed, and by ignoring the possibility…

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The Oxyhemoglobin Dissociation Curve can be confusing… However, it’s essential to understand oxygen physiology in critical care. Think of it as a “Manual for Dating.” In a healthy relationship, you have a good date, and really like that person, but don’t mind dropping them off after an evening out because you know you’ll see them again….

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Overview A 27-year-old woman arrived at the emergency room late at night, her face crumpled in pain. She reported feeling sick this morning and vomiting, but that didn’t strike her as unusual as her young children have had stomach flu the last few days. Since then, she has had severe and acute neck and head…

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End-tidal capnography in clinical practice originated in the field of anesthesia around the 1950s but has also become established in the pre-hospital setting. EMS providers commonly use end-tidal CO2 values as an adjunct to cardiac arrest and airway management. Continuing to learn about end-tidal CO2 is critical because this device is easily applied, readily available,…

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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. It is designed to test the knowledge of adept paramedics working in critical care environments, from transport…

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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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Flight Paramedic Career 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,…

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