Can Video Mobile Phones Improve CPR quality When Used for Dispatcher assistance during simulated Cardiac Arrest?

University Hospital of North Norway has conducted this study to see if cell phones may support video calls which dispatchers can use to connect visually with bystanders during pre-hospital CPR. They studied the quality of simulated dispatcher-assisted CPR when guidance was delivered to rescuers by video calls or audio calls from mobile phones.

University of Washington Study Reveals MRSA Bacteria in Local Fire Station

This article discuses the results of a study conducted by the University of Washington in which the MRSA bacteria was found to be living throughout the Snohomish County Fire District’s apparatus and stations. The article goes on to describe what that district did to improve their infectious control program in order to correct their current problem.

Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, Etc.) Concerns (coming soon)

With social media being a large concern for emergency responders, it is very important to be aware of our liability and how we can protect ourselves through education and creation of policy. Below are links that will provide examples of current issues with emergency services and social media. Also provided are examples of social media policies/SOGs.

PFESI Release: Labor board rules ambulance company illegally fired EMT for posting criticism of boss on Facebook (coming soon)

This news release from PFESI comes from STATter911.com and tells about the ground breaking instance where an EMT was fired for criticising of a supervisor on Facebook. The EMT took it to court and the firing was found to be illegal.

Sample Memo Regarding Pictures, Video and Social Media (coming soon)

Provided by Sr. Deputy Chief 43A Johnathan D. Howard of Bowie Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, Inc.(MD)

Sample Cell Phone Camera Use Policy
Provided by Page, Wolfberg & Wirth, LLC

Sample Computer, Internet and Network SOG

Provided by the McCalmon Group, Inc.

Sample Social Media/Open Forums SOG (coming soon)

Provided by the McCalmon Group, Inc.

Sample Generic Communication Policy (coming soon)

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