New technology revolutionizes CPR on Cape Cod

Effective manual cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) that is provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest, can double or even triple a victim’s survival rate.  Yet, more than 90 percent of victims still die before reaching the hospital, according to the American Heart Association. That is why emergency medical services in several Cape Cod communities are adopting a new technology that literally …

Football season raises awareness of concussion risk

When the American Medical Association recently adopted policies to lower the risk of brain injuries from concussions in youth sports, they were a little late to the game. The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and the American Academy of Neurology had all previously recommended the same policy: If a student is symptomatic of concussion, they must be removed from …

TAKE A NAP: It won’t kill you.

Taking midday naps as they do in Spain was associated with lower blood pressure and the need for fewer antihypertensive medications in a new study. “Although William Blake affirms that it is better to think in the morning, act at noon, eat in the evening and sleep at night, noon sleep seems to have beneficial effects,” says Dr. Manolis Kallistratos …

How to Eat Healthy on an EMS Budget

One major hurdle for EMS personnel trying to eat healthy on the job is cost. What does this mean to your efforts to purchase nutritious food? Short answer: You need to find ways to eat well on the cheap. The good news is that healthy food doesn’t need to be any more costly than unhealthy food. There’s a common belief …

(A/R) 2-260: Requirements for ALS-BLS Interface Training

Updated Administrative Requirement (A/R) 2-260: Requirements for ALS-BLS Interface Training Attached please find the updated A/R 2-260. This administrative requirement contains the content that course sponsors and instructors must meet in developing the DPH/OEMS-approved continuing education course, commonly called “ALS/BLS interface training,” that is required training for all levels of EMTs who work side-by-side as a team for a service …

Nearly half a million Americans suffered from Clostridium difficile infections

Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) caused almost half a million infections among patients in the United States in a single year, according to a study released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Approximately 29,000 patients died within 30 days of the initial diagnosis of C. difficile.  Of those, about 15,000 deaths were estimated to be directly attributable …

Multidrug-resistant Shigellosis Spreading in the United States

International travelers are bringing a multidrug-resistant intestinal illness to the United States and spreading it to others who have not traveled, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Shigella sonneibacteria resistant to the antibiotic ciprofloxacin sickened 243 people in 32 states and Puerto Rico between May 2014 and February 2015. Research by …

2013 Drug Overdose Mortality Data

The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) announced the 2013 drug overdose mortality data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The data show that drug deaths related to prescription opioids have remained stable since 2012, but the mortality rate associated with heroin increased for the third year in a row. The data show a …

Flu Season has arrived on Cape Cod

The flu season has arrived on Cape Cod, and health officials fear it could be worse than usual this year. “This is kind of coming on quickly,” said Dr. David J. Pombo, medical director of infection prevention for Cape Cod Healthcare. “It’s widespread now.” The flu hit the New England area about two weeks ago and already has landed people …

From a Pile of Dirt, Researchers Discover New Antibiotic

WHY IT MATTERS: More than 20,000 people die in the U.S. each year from drug-resistant bacterial infections. A plastic storage crate filled with backyard dirt might have yielded the most powerful antibiotic discovered in decades. Employing a novel microfluidic device to grow soil bacteria, researchers in Boston and Bonn, Germany, say they have identified a new type of antibiotic that …

Updated ADVISORY: 01-06-2915

This Advisory serves to minimize the infection risk to EMS personnel and first responders, to clarify the proper point of entry, to incorporate Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) epidemiology staff in assessment of suspected Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) patients, and to supplement previously issued CDC guidance regarding the pre-hospital management of suspected cases1. Updated EMS Management of EBV Patients …

The Truth about HEROIN

Heroin is a highly addictive, illegal drug. It is used by millions of addicts around the world who are unable to overcome the urge to continue taking this drug every day of their lives—knowing that if they stop, they will face the horror of withdrawal. Heroin (like opium and morphine) is made from the resin of poppy plants. Milky, sap-like …