Category Archives: EMS Week
As you plan your EMS Week activities, remember that effective communication with patients and their families in your community may mean developing written materials in languages other than English.
Looking for finger foods for your open house? There’s no better way to interest older kids and teenagers in EMS than to gross them out. With gelatin brains, hearts and eyeballs, kids can hold a life-giving organ in their own hands – albeit a slippery, slimy, inanimate one. These “ick”-inducing foods and drinks will indulge kids’ senses, while teaching them about their bodies and acquainting them with EMS.
Bears! Dogs! Dinosaurs! Oh my! EMS mascots are everywhere, bringing cheer and friendly faces to what can be a scary business of lights, sirens and accidents.
One of the best ways to invite the public to learn about your EMS agency is by hosting an open house. Children, adults and seniors are curious about EMS, and many people would love a chance to meet their local EMTs and paramedics and take a peek inside the ambulance. Here are some tips to help you host a successful open house for EMS Week.
February is, of course, when Americans celebrate Valentine’s Day, which makes it a perfect month to focus your outreach efforts on heart health. February is also the American Heart Association’s Heart Health Month, so EMS agencies have a natural ally with which to partner, plan and execute heart-health promotions.
It was 1960. John F. Kennedy was running for president. Xerox introduced the first paper copy machine. Khrushchev pounded his shoe at the United Nations. And across the country, coronary artery disease had reached epidemic levels. Many men in their 50s and 60s were heart attacks waiting to happen. They smoked, didn’t exercise and ate lots of red meat and foods high in saturated fats. (If you weren’t around then, think “Mad Men.”) Many had uncontrolled high blood pressure. Cholesterol-lowering statins had not yet arrived on the scene.
So it was fortuitous, and a bit ironic, that the year coronary artery disease peaked also marked the birth of modern CPR.
They say everything is bigger in Texas. That includes CPR events.
Five years ago, physician Robert Cluck, mayor of Arlington, put forth a challenge to his city’s 360,000 residents: Improve cardiac arrest survival rates by teaching 10 percent of the population how to perform CPR.