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Stop Dissing Response Times and Start Dissecting the Argument

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It is not hard to find an article that bashes the industry’s insistence on measuring response time as a performance goal. The latest one I saw was published just today in “Don’t let response times overshadow the role of EMS” by the respected author Arthur Hsieh. The flow of his article follows the traditional pattern of […]

We Need Some New Stories

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We always hear that EMS is still a relatively new discipline. And in the scheme of medicine, or even public safety, that is certainly true. But we shouldn’t let the fact of its youth keep us from acknowledging that it has already been around long enough to accumulate some of its very own antiquated dogma. If you […]

Could Busier be Better?

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There is plenty of talk about “evidence-based procedures” in EMS lately. Well, today I read an interesting article that shows a link between being busier and better patient outcomes. Okay…, now after reading that statement, what just happened to your heart rate? Was your automatic response to click the link in order find fault so you can dismiss the finding, […]

Is ‘SSM’ Still a ‘Bad Idea’?

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Ideas often take time to saturate a market. Even if the idea is generally recognized as a good one, complete with compelling evidence, change can still take time.  As a current example, how many agencies still have a protocol for complete spinal immobilization on a long spine board for “any fall” or “significant impact”?  On that very […]

Second Thoughts on ‘Scene Safety’

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Take the recent events that have happened and let them make you more aware, not more afraid. Work with others to help them understand the real-world of “scene safety” and practice it in every call.

What is “Performance” in EMS? Part 4

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There are two ways to look at the problem of employee satisfaction: is your service hiring the right sorts of people and are you the type of person that the service you actually want to work for is actively hiring?

What is “Performance” in EMS? Part 3

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Even if you do not subscribe to the idea of such significant change to subsidized out of hospital care, there are other potentials for community involvement that will pragmatically improve the effectiveness of emergency care such as empowering bystanders to act.

What is Performance in EMS? Part 2

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In the past several months, I have seen articles challenging standard practices toward intubation and c-spine immobilization – basic tenets of our practice – but how many agencies have made any significant investigation toward change in these protocols?

MCIs and “The Downwind Walk”

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I never really considered doing book reviews on this blog or writing about specific horrific incidents either, but I finished reading “The Downwind Walk: A USAR Paramedic’s Experience after the Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001” by Steve Kanarian just hours before the shots rang out at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. Let me […]

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David Roy
Is our success a sign of our failure?
Interesting article about Ems around various places and also about the control and maintenance of it....
2015-08-04 06:28:21
Luke
What Higher EMS Pay Requires
How about the company you work for makes 800 on one call and you make 600$ after two weeks of work.... And running 50 calls... Let's just be a little more fucking fair here....
2015-08-01 06:06:03
Jake
Static v. Dynamic: A Continuum of Cost
I whole-heartedly agree with Joey, what is our purpose? Why are we here? We are here to provide the best possible care to our patients. Part of best possible care is an expedient time-frame. I've been a dispatcher for 5 years, and I hate seeing my Medics get burned-out, but I hate even more so…
2015-07-20 07:13:24
Marcelo Bahl
Did You Watch ‘Nightwatch’ Last Night?
Hello, work in the EMS system in Brazil and whenever I can, I watch the episodes that leave recording to watch later, you show the reality of day-to-day of your city, which is very good and has no censorship as the shocking images that we see every day, because here everything is censored. One more…
2015-07-15 12:52:18
Jeffrey Hammerstein
Stop Dissing Response Times and Start Dissecting the Argument
I think that the position someone takes on this issue depends entirely on the circumstances of the particular EMS system they have in mind when they consider the question. If we're comparing a 7 minute response time to a 70 minute response time (or infinite as mentioned above), then of course it matters. That's a…
2015-07-03 11:44:45

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