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Treading Water: The American Legacy of Treatment by Incarceration

Treading Water: The American Legacy of Treatment by Incarceration

The challenges of providing care and even for the basic human needs of mentally ill and cognitively disabled people are nothing new. Nor are the many well-meaning attempts to address this difficult and multifaceted problem. Still, in the present age of staggering advances in technology, medicine, physics, and a renewed exploration of space, we are struggling for answers about how best to manage...

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A Coordinated Response: Medical, EMS, Law Enforcement

A Coordinated Response: Medical, EMS, Law Enforcement

When a life-threatening emergency arises, three professions must interact successfully to bring the situation to the best possible outcome. For example, a motor vehicle crash that has caused serious life-threatening injuries to one or more people will bring together law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services (EMS) at the scene and medical staff at the hospital.

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A Boy Named Green Bean: Creating Bully-free Environments in Schools

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When he was four years old, the Rodríguezes’ son Manny was diagnosed with autism.  Although that was difficult to hear, Mrs. Rodríguez felt relief when a diagnostician finally put a label on what appeared to be causing some Manny’s puzzling behaviors.  One of those behaviors was perseveration, something Manny’s therapist described as “insistence on sameness.”

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Wrist Grabs--More Common And More dangerous than you may think!

Wrist Grabs--More Common And More dangerous than you may think!

 

When an attacker grabs you, it creates a situation that is dangerous on so many levels.  Grabs can quickly escalate to a fight, including the use of weapons.  Once grabbed, the victim is severely and instantly limited in their ability to escape or defend.  

All grabs are dangerous due to all the unknowns that may follow, meaning what might come next in the form of a follow-up attack. During any...

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When you cannot breathe - do this!

Ground Smother Series- When you can't breathe, do this!

 

Problem:

People can deal with hunger for days and thirst for hours, but we can only manage being deprived of our next breath of air for a couple of minutes. That is why smothering sends a person so quickly into a blind panic, whenever they are forced to fight for their next precious breath of air. 

Unlike shooting from a distance or even stabbing during a sudden assault, smothering is a very...

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