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K9s and EMTs Working Together

By Joanne Ewen, JD, EMT, DOT-IK9 HandlerNorthstar Search and Rescue (www.northstarSAR.com) is one of the leading K9 search and rescue organizations in Minnesota. I just became a member of it with my German Shepherd pup Coda, now 5 months old and absolutely loving the fun “game” of finding people in the woods and through high…

Naloxone (Narcan) for Opioid Overdose

By Marven Ewen, MDMedical DirectorIf you are an EMS provider, you will see opioid overdoses. Opioids are drugs that act on the central nervous system at the opioid receptor on the cell membrane of neurons. In addition to their analgesic effects, they can also cause sedation, euphoria, constipation, and if taken in excess, respiratory depression…

Why Nitroglycerin is Given for Acute Coronary Syndrome

By: Marven Ewen, Medical DirectorTo understand the benefit of Nitro in the treatment of Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) it is helpful to first understand why cardiovascular disease can cause pain. As you will recall, the heart is a muscular pump. Like all muscles, it requires oxygen. The heart gets its oxygen supply from blood flowing…

When Code 3 Is Not Fast Enough

By Kory L. Sandoz, EMT-B, EMD, CFCWe have all heard of the “Golden Hour,” the critical hour in which to get a trauma patient to definitive care to ensure the best chance of survival. Many EMTs and EMRs do not have the luxury of having a Level 1 Trauma Center close by. One of the…

The Physiology of Shock

Understanding Shock The body’s response to preserve blood flow to vital organs.By Marven Ewen, MD, ABFMMedical DirectorEMT students unfamiliar with human physiology often find it difficult to remember what symptoms to expect in the case of shock. Shock is defined as: inadequate blood circulation to meet tissue demand. In order to remember what to look…

The Three Learning Styles

By Jenny Ewen, Marketing & Student ServicesThe best way to succeed at learning, understanding, and memorizing is to know your personal learning style. That way, you can cater how you spend time in-class and studying to the methods that work best for you, instead of spending time trying to study in a way that is…

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