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A New Danger in EMS?

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I read an article this morning where Winnipeg declared Cellphones off limits for firefighters, paramedics with only some surprise. Sure there are the embarrassments like the Texas Firefighter Charged With Taking Secret Bathroom Pics who need to be drummed out of the system. And I understand that new technology can be a scary thing – especially from a […]

Late for the Future

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My friend Mike Ward, who I met as “FossilMedic“, asked a question in a blog post back on September 10 wondering aloud “What will the fire service look like by September 11, 2021?” Well, a few of my fellow EMS bloggers took the challenge of answering that question. In his blog post on the subject, Greg Friese presented a mixed […]

The Default Solution is Always More

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My wife announced that there wasn’t enough money in the checking account again. The obvious solution to her was that I simply needed to add more money to it each month and that the problem would then go away. Any attempts on my part to question where the money is being spent is considered completely […]

Quick Thoughts from Pinnacle EMS 2012

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Last year one of the Pinnacle attendees was quoted to say it was ”the most innovative and thought-provoking event of the year.” This year, I will have to admit that this truly has been one of the best conferences I have attended in a while for the quality of the discussions and relationships it has […]

A Bibliography on EMS in a State of Change

Make no mistake, reform is coming to EMS! Federal health care reform is one factor driving changes in EMS, but there are many other factors affecting the future of emergency health care delivery that aren’t getting as much press attention even though their impact is at least as important. This post is an attempt not to repeat what others have said but to place it all in context with references to some of the best articles I have found on the topic.

Demystifying the Current Drug Shortage Problem in EMS

A recent meeting sponsored by the DHHS, the ASPR, the EMS industry, and attended by other key industry players including the FDA and drug manufacturers/suppliers showed that the problems are due to a diverse manufacturing demand on a production capacity incapable of meeting those demands. The important thing is where we go next.

HP-EMS Profile: Cetronia

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The increasing demand for healthcare services which threatened their ability to maintain response times is another example of what motivates the Cetronia mindset of continual improvement and motivating them to become a High Performance EMS.

The Future of Prediction

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I have read the positions stating that calls for emergency services are completely random (justifying the reason they are often called “accidents”) and therefore not able to be predicted. But both academic literature and practical experience show that demand prediction can be an effective tool in helping to balance scarce resources (ambulances and their trained crews) with public demand (requests for emergency responses even […]

EMS “Frequent Flyer” Abuse

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A recent article at JEMS.com on EMS System Abuse told of examples of “frequent flyers” (that is non-emergency patients requesting multiple transports by EMS agencies on a fairly regular basis) many of which would be amusing if they weren’t so sad. The author offered up that while it is a serious practice of abuse by the public, […]

“No Available EMS”

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No one really wants to read a bad story about some other EMS agency, but it is even worse to read a similar story about your own. The purpose of this post is not to make Detroit into some “failed EMS poster child” but intended to shed some light on similar problems that may be […]

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