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3 metrics to track in your EMS operations

Syndicated Columnists - Mon, 08/06/2018 - 00:25
EMS, like any other aspect of healthcare, is data driven, and tracking, measuring and reporting the right data can improve operations and patient care
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EMS coordination: Healthcare coalitions provide organized cooperation

Syndicated Columnists - Sun, 08/05/2018 - 23:34
Healthcare coalitions offer EMS a “seat at the table” for regional emergency planning
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Survey community disaster preparedness protocols and approaches while traveling

Syndicated Columnists - Sun, 08/05/2018 - 23:01
When we travel, we get a chance to see other cities, meet other emergency management professionals and discover hazards that exist for the area we’re visiting
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No more hiding: I am a caregiver with depression

Syndicated Columnists - Sun, 08/05/2018 - 21:00
Acknowledging my depression to family, friends and colleagues and getting help is not a sign of weakness, but rather a sign of resilience and strength
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Even for EMS providers, depression is human

Syndicated Columnists - Sun, 08/05/2018 - 21:00
Acknowledging your depression and getting help is not a sign of weakness, but rather a sign of resilience and strength
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Even for EMS providers, depression is human

Syndicated Columnists - Sun, 08/05/2018 - 21:00
Acknowledging your depression and getting help is not a sign of weakness, but rather a sign of resilience and strength
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Medic Mindset Podcast: Critical care with Eric Bauer

Syndicated Columnists - Sun, 08/05/2018 - 20:52
An EMS educator and flight medic encourages listeners to stay curious about intubation, ventilators and EKGs
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EMS Is Equal To SNF Staff

EMS Office Hours Podcast - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 09:51

This weeks on the show Josh and I talk about some very similar things between EMS and SNF staff. This is post rant I had with my years of abuse by said staff. Josh pointed out some things though that I do think we should all keep in mind when we respond to the Nursing Home call with a report of any one of the following:

This is not my patient
Her Pulse Ox is 74% (but for you its 98% a miracle indeed)
The DNR dementia patient is not acting right
He rolled out of bed and no injury but policy requires an 911 EMS call to the ED.

Yeah the list can go on, but go take a listen to the show and see how these calls can make some sense.

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What does the 2018 EMS Trend Report tell us about the future of the industry?

Syndicated Columnists - Wed, 08/01/2018 - 23:56
Our co-hosts are joined by EMS1 Editor-in-Chief Greg Friese to discuss the most recent EMS trend report and what it means for industry personnel
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Language Barrier

Michael Morse - Rescuing Providence - Wed, 08/01/2018 - 10:46

“We are the professionals on an emergency scene; it is we whom people depend on. We are not struggling to find the right words while filled with worry; we are simply doing our job to the best of our abilities. Communicating with our patients is the first step toward properly treating them. It is not necessary to master a different language to do so. Each and every member of the company benefits when everybody makes an effort to improve their skills.”

https://www.fireengineering.com/articles/2018/07/engine-company-ems-the-language-barrier.html

 

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Hypoglycemic events: Can you leave them be?

Syndicated Columnists - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 22:22
A review of hypoglycemia treat and release protocol recommendations
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Is it time to pull epinephrine from the EMS formulary?

Syndicated Columnists - Sun, 07/29/2018 - 04:09
Our co-hosts discuss a recent study out of the UK that puts the use of epinephrine in prehospital cardiac arrest patients into question
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Pinnacle EMS 2018 Quick Take: The power of collaboration for EMS leaders

Syndicated Columnists - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 23:01
Jay Fitch, Ph.D., tells Pinnacle leaders that collaboration with colleagues and frenemies is critical to greater operational success
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Pinnacle EMS Quick Take: Why public safety leaders must have zero-tolerance for sexual misconduct

Syndicated Columnists - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 21:49
Police sergeant challenges and educates EMS leaders to do more to reduce the risk and occurrence of sexual harassment for all employees
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Pinnacle EMS Quick Take: Active shooter incident lessons learned for leaders

Syndicated Columnists - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 21:10
NFPA 3000 is a framework for preparing EMS agencies, fire departments, other responders and communities for active shooter incident response and recovery
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Responding First

Michael Morse - Rescuing Providence - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 09:45

I don’t know if people like me–people who are trained to respond and are confident in their ability to do so–see mass casualties differently than most. When I see images from the latest disaster, terrorist attack, or mass shooting flash across my screen, my eyes are drawn to the rescuers, not the victims. I focus on the job at hand and the people doing it. I wonder what they are thinking, how they are managing, what emotions they are ignoring, and how they will cope.

If there is one thing I know better than everything else, it is this: What we do may not define us, but it certainly shapes who we become. Our personalities are fluid; we never stop changing. Life experience changes us subtly; we do not notice those gradual shifts in perception. It is only when looking back, often through the eyes of the people who are actively responding to emergencies, that everything becomes clear; we are not hard; we are not machines; we are not tools to be used, put away, and used again until there is no more life left and a replacement is needed. We are human beings, made exactly like the people who need us.

It is human beings who have to be there when things get ugly.

And if not us, then who?

Who will they call when the bullets are hitting their targets?

When they are hunkered down, bleeding, dying.

When sirens in the distance are the only thing they have to hold on to.

When all is lost.

Who will they call?

They call us. First Responders. The Army isn’t coming, the Marines either. It’s their neighbors who respond, their fathers, their sisters, their friends. It’s the people they see at the market in their street clothes, the ones standing in line with them at the coffee shop, and the ones on duty, in uniform and prepared for the unimaginable. When their world descends to madness and nothing makes sense, we respond.

We are everywhere we are needed, nestled in neighborhoods, patrolling the streets, sitting on corners in our ambulances waiting for the call. We are in the crowd that comes under attack, never really off duty, once trained and experienced it matters not when we are needed, only that we are.

Most of us will never be called to a mass casualty or be present when tragedy strikes. All of us carry with us the know-how and presence of mind to act in an emergency. None of us wants our training, experience, and demeanor to be needed.

Every time the wheels of civilization fall off it’s the police, the firefighters, and the EMTs running toward the gunfire. Somehow we make careers out of it and walk among our families, friends, and neighbors as if we are just like everybody else. But deep down I think every one of us knows that we are different.

And if we don’t know it now, we will definitely find out.

 

Image courtesy of Eric Norberg 

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