I never really considered doing book reviews on this blog or writing about specific horrific incidents either, but I finished reading â€œThe Downwind Walk: A USAR Paramedicâ€™s Experience after the Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001â€ by Steve Kanarian just hours before the shots rang out at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. Let me […]
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.
This was my first time at theÂ EMS TodayÂ conference produced by JEMS and I have certainly not been disappointed by the promise of quality education, networking, and new products. The ride-along with BCFD EMS, described in myÂ post yesterday, help set the tone for a genuine learning experience. Whatever your level of experience or interest in EMS […]
Last night I was fortunate enough to have been given the opportunity by Baltimore City FD to ride-along with one of their EMS crews as part of the EMS Today 2012 conference. My desire was to learn some of the many differences between their service and the more rural EMS service back home. While there […]
Several months ago, Rob Lawrence of the Richmond Ambulance Authority started a thread on theÂ High Performance EMS GroupÂ of LinkedIn by asking â€œSo what does the phrase â€˜High Performance EMSâ€™ mean to you?â€ This innocent sounding question sparked immediate debate even within the small group at that time. Benjamin Podsiadlo of AMR quickly tied the quality […]
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 […]
The world of the EMS provider is changing. Whether you call it EMS 2.0 or Next Generation 911, it is no longer enough to simply do a good job resulting in positive clinical outcomes for patients. Increasing budget pressures require that these quality services be maintained while providing them within a context of higher economic […]