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Illuminations - EMD Track #57108 - Edema

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Jan 01, 2021 - Dec 31, 2021

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EMD experience or certification is recommended

APCO Institute’s EMD Illuminations program is and annual subscription-based service that allows you to obtain topic-specific, at-your-desk continuing education.

EMD Illuminations includes monthly topics of particular interest to emergency medical dispatchers, although the track is open to anyone. Subscribers earn one CDE for each.

2020 Topics Include:

January Typhoid Fever 
Typhoid fever is a foodborne, life-threatening illness caused by bacteria. An estimated 22 million cases of typhoid fever and 200,000 deaths occur worldwide each year. This course will cover mechanisms of transmission, signs  and symptoms, and responder precautions.
February  Tracheostomy (stoma) A tracheostomy is a surgically created hole (stoma) in the patient’s windpipe (trachea) that provides an alternative airway for breathing. This session will focus on tracheostomy, including infections of the stoma and challenges created with difficulty breathing incidents.
March  Incidents Involving Chemical Substances
Chemical incidents are events involving accidental or intentional use or release of a chemical substance. This session will look at the 5 classes of chemical agents: nerve agents, blister agents, blood agents, choking agents, and irritating agents.
April Complacency: The Most Dangerous Word in EMD
“Just another chest pain,” is a critical outlook. This session will focus on the mental preparedness of the EMD and ensuring that efforts are made to ensure the EMD does not become complacent, viewing calls for service as routine.
May  Dieting: What Are the Dangers of Fad Diets and Supplements?
It seems like the majority of adults you meet are on one type of fad diet or another; however, without medical oversight dieting can be dangerous. Everyone looking for a “magic weight loss pill” is likely to use and abuse supplements that increase the heart rate to a dangerous level, leading to chest pains and or fainting. This session also looks into common medical complications of dieting, including ketoacidosis, diabetic ketoacidosis, anorexia, bulimia and dehydration, and the applicable guidecards for the resulting medical emergencies.
June  Attacks Against Field Personnel
The news is full of cases of fire and EMS personnel being taken hostage, stabbed, jumped, beat, and shot. This session will focus on ensuring the EMD is considering the potential risk to responders on each call for service and paying attention to the small cues that may be present during caller interrogation that something is not right on scene.
July  Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV)
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is a respiratory illness caused by the virus MERS-CoV. This virus was first reported in 2012 in Saudi Arabia.  Over 30% of patients infected with MERS-CoV have died. This session will include signs and symptoms, as well as transmission.
August Headaches
Calling 9-1-1 for a headache is not the norm, so when a caller contacts emergency services for a headache, it is much more severe. The EMD must be aware of the various severe causes of headaches including aneurysms, hematomas and hemorrhages.
September  Measles Outbreak
This session will cover the transmission of the disease, signs and symptoms of measles (including the measles rash), the 3 C’s of measles, and complications.
October Playground Injuries When children go to the playground, the last thing on a parent's mind is injury. However, there are a considerable number of injuries that commonly occur, with falls as the leading cause of playground injuries. The most common injuries include fractured or broken bones, cuts, bumps and bruises, sprains, and concussions.
November  High-Risk Abdominal Pains
Patients presenting with abdominal pains may be experiencing high-risk emergencies. This session will focus on various types of high-risk abdominal pains that may demonstrate as extreme pain in the belly that does not go away, such as with aortic aneurysms, strokes, and myocardial infarction, and the symptoms of these conditions that the EMD may hear during the call taking process.
December Improving Patient Care This session will explore the medical devices on the market that inform the user about conditions for which they may not yet be diagnosed. This session will explore PSTs being exposed to this type of data and terminology that PST's may not be familiar with, how some of these devices may impact EMD protocols, data storage, and the possible HIPAA implications.

COST: Annual Subscription (per student):
(No refunds, transfers, or substitutions allowed for this program)
Options Price
Non-Member $119
APCO Member $109
Group of 26-50 registrants $99 per person
Group of 51 and up registrants $89 per person

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