The Whole Enchilada

Heather Darata

Heather Darata

Ask Doc

Heather Darata

It’s hard to believe it’s already summer. We have a lot in store for you this time around. In addition to our NAVIGATOR coverage, we have a feature that touches on four specific smartphone apps. Bystander CPR offers step-by-step CPR instructions and alerts users to the closest AED. GoodSAM alerts the closest volunteer responders registered with the app when there is a cardiac arrest. The volunteer responder accepting the alert gets a map with the patient’s location and the location of the closest AED and has access to the app’s tools, including a metronome and on-scene video streaming. Check out our feature to learn about the PulsePoint and FirstNet apps.

People might think summer sunshine puts suicidal thoughts at bay, but it’s just not true. Suicide is the eighth-leading cause of death in the U.S., with 30,000 people dying each year. To learn about Crisis Intervention Training in addition to how the medical and police protocols are each used to handle suicide, read the CDE articles in our OnTrack section and take the quizzes to receive credit.

If you’re in the mood for a cross-country trip, check out our Best Practices section to learn about Waukesha County Communications (WCC), Wisconsin, USA, and the Albuquerque Fire Department (AFD) in New Mexico, USA. WCC provides emergency communication services for 21 fire/EMS agencies and 19 law enforcement agencies in the county. AFD made history by becoming the first-ever IAED Accredited Center of Excellence (ACE).

Your favorites are in here too—Ask Doc and FAQ. Plus, the Research column talks about the IAED research team at the NAEMSP conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, that took place earlier this year.

Make sure you don’t miss out on an amazing survival story in our Your Space section. Miraculously, Jonathan Arteaga lived to tell the tale after a 37,000-pound mobile home fell on him. Montgomery County Hospital District (Texas, USA) communication center EMD Danielle Williams answered the call. The two later had the chance to meet. Also inspiring is the story of Anthony Bruno from Las Vegas Fire & Rescue, Nevada, USA. On his way home after his shift had ended at 2 a.m., he came across an emergency scene. After stopping at the scene, he heard a noise. His investigation led to a person in need of help, about 100 yards away from the initial accident. Bruno has been recognized with several awards for his role in helping save the man’s life.