Have You Registered for EMS On The Hill Day 2015?

emshd_300x250Represent Your State and the EMS Profession on April 29, 2015 in Washington, D.C.!

Hosted by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT), the EMS On The Hill Day event was created to gather EMS professionals and federal legislators together to discuss current issues, learn about new ways to support EMS professionals across the nation, and ultimately to work towards legislation that will help improve patient care.

Attend EMS On The Hill Day for your profession, your patients, and your community.

Register today!

Unable to attend? There are many ways to advocate for EMS:

  • Call/write to your congressional leaders.
  • Email your congressional leaders.
  • Spread awareness and stay connected on social media with #EMSontheHill and tell us about advocacy efforts in your area!

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Spring Forward and Review Important Safety Reminders

SmokeAlarm2Daylight Saving Time begins at 2AM on Sunday, March 8.

The Jones & Bartlett Learning Public Safety team reminds you to:

  • Move your clocks forward one hour.
  • Check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms–change the batteries or replace the alarms as needed!
  • Review your emergency preparedness plans and replenish your first aid kits!

Plan to be prepared in 2015!
Get started today:

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Student Focus Group Concludes Navigate 2 with Interactive eBook Will Improve Learning

scinav2Last fall, we conducted a focus group with students at Glendale Community College on Navigate 2 Advantage Access for Fundamentals of Microbiology, Tenth Edition, based on the classic undergraduate microbiology text by Jeffrey C. Pommerville. During the focus group, students received a product demonstration of Navigate 2 Advantage Access, including a comprehensive and interactive eBook, assessments, and practice activities. After the demonstration, students completed a survey on their initial reactions, carried out a set of tasks, and provided their feedback on the Navigate 2 user experience as a whole from the student perspective. Read the complete case study now.

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Students were asked to rate the Study Center, eBook, and Assessments on a scale from 1-10, with 1 indicating a very weak feature and 10 indicating a very strong feature. Each received ratings above 9. After a user experience, student ratings remained stable, indicating an overall positive experience with the product. In addition, students provided testimonials that reinforce this finding that Navigate 2 is both beneficial and easy to use. Furthermore they agreed that Navigate 2 was well-organized, user-friendly, and helped them study more efficiently.

Student Voices

“Navigate 2 appears to be well organized, easy to use, and contains an eBook! My current online program doesn’t provide an eBook and it is very disappointing. The assessments and study center seem extremely beneficial as well.”

“The organization involving the assessments and study center are outstanding.”

“Navigate 2 is easy to use and I think it would help to improve an overall class grade because the study materials and learning tools would help to gain a better understanding of what is being taught in class.”

“I like the user-friendly style.”

“[The features of Navigate 2] are an effective way to boost study time and help the student remember the material for the long run.”

After their experience using Navigate 2:

  • 100% agreed that if they had Navigate 2 resources available to them they would use them while studying
  • 91% agreed that Navigate 2 would help them learn
  • 90% agreed that the activities would help them study more efficiently

Navigate 2 eBook Helps Students Learn More Effectively

100% of students agreed scinav2agreethat the interactive eBook within Navigate 2 would help them study. What’s more, they found the enhanced features, such as highlighting, notes, and animations, especially useful.

Student Voices

“[Navigate 2] saves time and is easy to use anywhere.”

“I am able to highlight what I think is important.”

“The animations, glossary in text, and other resources will help me study and retain more information while making it easier to read the textbook.”

“[Navigate 2] allows me to interact with more assignments.”

“I like to have additional information while studying because repetition helps me study.”

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Navigate 2 Assessments and Practice Activities Earn High Marks

The majority of students said that the Navigate 2 assessments helped them gauge their understanding of the material. Moreover, the focus group found that 100% of students believed that the assessments would help them learn and study more efficiently.

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“The [Navigate 2] assessments are very good for gauging how well I understand the material.”

“[I was impressed by] the ease of use within the discussion questions.”

“[The Navigate 2 assessments are] easy to use.”

“When I finish studying a chapter, I can test myself.”

“Having quizzes and the discussion forum would help me see where I am in the class and if I need to work harder.”

“I liked that there are discussion forums that I can reply to; students can help each other and ask the professor as well.”

In addition, more than 90% of students said that the Navigate 2 practice activities would help them learn and study more successfully. Students especially found the flashcards helpful as a study tool.

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“[Navigate 2 practice activities] help to provide a better understanding of the material. I can see what I answered incorrectly and learn from it.”

“I like the different variety of activities I could use to study.”

“It’s great to have all those practice activities at your fingertips.”

“I really enjoyed using the flashcards. I liked how they showed me my answer and the correct answer.”

“I liked the discussion questions because these activities would help me check my understanding of the material.”

“[Navigate 2 practice activities] helps with my memory by repeating the vocabulary.”

“The flashcards are great!”

Conclusion

Since each student learns and studies differently, Navigate 2 engages all learning styles with a wide-range of interactive activities. As a result of their experience using Navigate 2 Advantage Access for Fundamentals of Microbiology, Tenth Edition, the students in the focus group felt that the variety of practice activities and learning tools would benefit them in their studies and improve their overall learning experience. In particular, the students found the flashcards in the Study Center and the practice activities within the interactive eBook to be most beneficial. For more information, visit our website.

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2014 National EMS Awards of Excellence

Jones & Bartlett Learning would like to recognize the recipients of the 2014 National EMS Awards of Excellence.

The NAEMT Educator of the Year award, sponsored by Jones & Bartlett Learning, was won by Melissa Doak, NREMT-P. Melissa is a dedicated EMS instructor, mentor, and avid researcher.  Known for her innovation, Doak teaches NAEMT’s EMS Safety course and promotes EMS practitioner safety.

Other reward recipients include: Susan Bailey, NREMT-P, Paramedic of The Year; Brandon Pruit, EMT, NAEMT EMT of The Year; Christian Hospital EMS, Paid EMS Service of The Year.

Congratulations to all of the recipients!

EMS World and the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) established the National EMS Awards of Excellence program to recognize outstanding achievement in the EMS profession.

The nomination period for next year’s awards will open in early 2015. Visit www.EMSWorld.com/awards for more information.

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Participate in EMS On The Hill Day: April 29, 2015

EMS On the Hill DayRepresent Your State and the EMS Profession on April 29, 2015 in Washington, D.C.!

Hosted by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT), the EMS On The Hill Day event was created to gather EMS professionals and federal legislators together to discuss current issues, learn about new ways to support EMS professionals across the nation, and ultimately to work towards legislation that will help improve patient care.

Register today!

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Ebola Virus Disease: What You Need to Know

Ebola, a rare deadly infectious disease, has been in the news a lot lately. As a result, concerns over origins, transmission, recovery, and public health and safety are on the rise. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):

“…Because the natural reservoir host of Ebola viruses has not yet been identified, the way in which the virus first appears in a human at the start of an outbreak is unknown. However, scientists believe that the first patient becomes infected through contact with an infected animal, such as a fruit bat or primate (apes and monkeys), which is called a spillover event. Person-to-person transmission follows and can lead to large numbers of affected people.”

Ebola is spread through direct contact through blood, body fluids, and infected needles. Early symptoms typically begin within 8 to 10 days, including fever above 101.5F, severe headache, muscle pain, weakness. Over time, symptoms become increasingly severe and may include: vomiting, abdominal pain, red eyes, raised rash, chest pain, cough, severe weight loss and unexplained bleeding or bruising.

Recovery depends on good supportive clinical care and the patient’s immune response. According to the Mayo Clinic, there are many complications associated with Ebola including, multiple organ failure, bleeding, jaundice, delirium, seizures, coma, and shock. The disease is so deadly because it interferes with the immune system’s ability to create a defense.  For those who recover, it is a lengthy and slow process.  Recovering Ebola patients may experience hair loss, sensory changes, hepatitis, fatigue, headaches, and eye inflammation.

Protection is essential in stopping the disease from spreading. According to the CDC, U.S. citizens should avoid all nonessential travel to West Africa. For those who are traveling, the CDC offers a Travelers’ Health Ebola website. However, traveling to Africa, conducting animal research, providing medical/personal care, and preparing people for burial are considered high risk for contracting Ebola.

U.S health care and public safety organization are also taking precautions when it comes to the Ebola epidemic. For medical professionals, there are protocols in place for each hospital. The CDC also released specific protocols for first responders: “Interim Guidance for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems and 9-1-1 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) for Management of Patients with Known or Suspected Ebola Virus Disease in the United States.

Join Jones & Bartlett Learning in raising awareness for this worldwide epidemic. For more information on Ebola, please visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website today. 

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Reviewers Wanted!

Do you have experience with aerial/tiller operations and maintenance?

Jones & Bartlett Learning is looking for reviewers of Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator, Second Edition Includes Navigate 2 Advantage Access and could use your help!

Interested? Sign up to review the textbook today: http://go.jblearning.com/reviewFA.

Learn more about Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator, Second Edition Includes Navigate 2 Advantage Access.

 

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Join Author Scott Matin for a Webinar on Principles of Ethics and Personal Leadership

Principles of Ethics and Personal Leadership (PEPL) is an essential 16-hour course that provides EMS and Mobile Integrated Healthcare (MIH) practitioners at all levels with the knowledge and skills they need to effectively interact with patients and their families, other medical personnel, co-workers, supervisors, and the community.

The webinar will be led by author Scott Matin and will explore what makes the PEPL training program unique, how to become a PEPL instructor, and an overview of the course administration requirements. The meeting will conclude with a question-and-answer period.

Enroll for FREE Today!

Principles of Ethics and Personal Leadership Webinar:

http://go.jblearning.com/PEPLWebinar

Tuesday, November 4, 2014
2:00-3:00 PM (EST)

Contact your Public Safety Specialist at 1-800-832-0034 to learn more.

For more information on Principles of Ethics and Personal Leadership, please visit: http://go.jblearning.com/PEPL.

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A Successful APLS Rollout in Mexico

Dr. Eduardo Sanchez Velasco, a renowned Mexican pediatrician recognized by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), recently organized the first rollout of APLS: Medicina de emergencias pediátricas, quinta edicion to 21 training instructors and course directors in Mexico, in accordance with the Sociedad Mexicana de Pediatría (SMPs). The event was supported by the Mexican Council of Pediatric Certification, with two points in the specialty recertification (Mexican pediatricians should cover 20 points per year). The training sessions took place over three days with the President and Vice President of the SMP and Drs. Manuel Correa Flores and Jose Luis Pinacho in attendance.

As a result of the APLS rollout, there are now currently 42 APLS Course Directors in Mexico. Future APLS rollouts are being planned for Panama and Colombia.

 

Learn more about APLS: Medicina de emergencias pediátricas, quinta edicion.

Learn more about APLS: The Pediatric Emergency Medicine Resource, Fifth Edition.

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National Preparedness Month: Start Your Emergency Planning Today

September is National Preparedness Month, and with it comes the reminder to plan ahead for the chance of hazards and disasters in our everyday lives. Although these occurrences are unlikely for many of us, it is important to prepare for emergencies that can affect our families, homes, and communities.

Many first responders, including EMTs/paramedics, fire fighters, and law enforcement officers, are trained in emergency preparedness; however, many citizens are unaware of simple steps that can be taken in advance to save lives in the case of an emergency. National Preparedness Month is the perfect time to brush up on these life-saving guidelines:

Plan Ahead

The key to emergency preparedness is planning ahead. Having a plan in place for your family, place of business, and community will save time and potentially your life in the event of an emergency. Research what kinds of disasters and hazards may strike in your community so you know how to prepare for them. Your local health department, fire department, and Medical Reserve Corps are great places to start your research. Many communities already have emergency plans in place and will undoubtedly have great resources to help your family and workplace get started on their individual emergency plans.

Prepare an Emergency Kit

An emergency kit should be prepared well in advance of a disaster. It should contain basic supplies, including food, water, and first aid materials that can sustain you and your family for up to 72 hours. Store your emergency kit in a cool, dry place; label all items with expiration dates; and replenish supplies as needed.

Connect with Your Community

Local community organizations are great places to start gathering information on emergency preparedness plans. Visit your town hall or health department website, Council on Aging (plans for the elderly), school (plans for students), and library for resources on how best to prepare for hazards in your area. Many of these organizations meet regularly to discuss community plans and train volunteers to respond to disasters in your area. Read your local newspaper or newsletter, review bulletin boards at local hangouts, and be sure to check your mailbox for up-to-date plans from the health department and fire department. Be proactive now so you can be confident when an emergency strikes.

  • Sign up to receive FEMA emergency text alerts.

National preparedness may seem like a daunting initiative, but if you start smart and local you will be prepared to protect yourself, your family, and your home in the event of an emergency. To learn more and to get involved in this life-saving initiative, visit the FEMA website today.

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