I read an article this morning where Winnipeg declaredÂ Cellphones off limits for firefighters, paramedics with only some surprise. Sure there are the embarrassments like theÂ Texas Firefighter Charged With Taking Secret Bathroom PicsÂ who need to be drummed out of the system. And I understand that new technology can be a scary thing â€“ especially from a […]
My friend Mike Ward, who I met as â€œFossilMedicâ€œ, asked a question in aÂ blog post back on September 10Â wondering aloud â€œWhat will the fire service look like by September 11, 2021?â€ Well, a few of my fellow EMS bloggers took the challenge of answering that question. In hisÂ blog post on the subject,Â Greg FrieseÂ presented a mixed […]
My wife announced that there wasnâ€™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 […]
Last year one of the Pinnacle attendees was quoted to say it was â€the most innovative and thought-provoking event of the year.â€ 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 […]
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.
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.
I have read the positions stating that calls for emergency services are completely randomÂ (justifying the reason they are often called â€œaccidentsâ€)Â and therefore not able to be predicted. But bothÂ academic literatureÂ andÂ practical experienceÂ show that demand prediction can be an effective tool in helping to balance scarce resourcesÂ (ambulances and their trained crews)Â with public demandÂ (requests for emergency responses even […]
A recent article at JEMS.com onÂ EMS System AbuseÂ told of examples of â€œfrequent flyersâ€ (that is non-emergency patients requesting multiple transports by EMS agencies on a fairly regular basis) many of which would be amusing if they werenâ€™t so sad. The author offered up that while it is a serious practice of abuse by the public, […]