Use this toolkit of ideas to kick-start, or supplement, your EMS Week plans.
You know the old saying, seeing is believing? The same concept applies to “ride alongs,” one of the most effective strategies for educating members of the public, media and stakeholders…
Around the country, EMS Week is celebrated with a variety of events. Here are a few ways that some organizations observe EMS Week and ideas that may inspire communities, hospitals and EMS agencies—large and small— who are getting ready to recognize EMS Week 2016.
National EMS Week, May 17-23, 2015, is the perfect time to honor your local EMS professionals and promote awareness of their everyday services to the public. Here are 8 inspiring ways EMS agencies and companies from across the country are celebrating EMS Week this year.
Nationwide, seniors are one of the largest consumers of emergency and prehospital healthcare. Almost 16 million Americans aged 65 and older visited a hospital emergency room in 2004, and these older Americans made up one-third of all ambulance transports, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Seniors can benefit greatly from outreach and education during EMS Week.
An EMS honor guard can appropriately represent your EMS service in honoring deceased members, not only during EMS Week but throughout the year. Here are some tips on how to start an Honor Guard in your area.
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.