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Building Political Capital

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Every EMS agency could use a little more political clout. After all, we deserve it. We actually save lives! “They” should just automatically recognize “our” value, right? Well, if you have ever thought/said that statement, you are going about it all wrong. I don’t care what financial/political model your agency operates under, politics work basically […]

High Speed Education Where Eagles Gather

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Dallas is the place to gather today and tomorrow if you are like me and actually enjoy the most current thinking on pre-hospital medical practice coming at you like a fire hose from the very “eagles” of our business. Unfortunately, I am not there. Instead, I was standing a thousand miles away this morning in […]

EMS Today 2015 Makes Winners

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The reason I choose to attend any conference is to improve myself, my knowledge, or my skills in some way. As an EMS professional, I have many choices in conferences to attend, but the single best meeting for me to make progress toward all of these goals is the EMS Today conference. There are many reasons […]

Fore Thoughts of EMS Today 2015

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For the last few years I have written my initial impressions of conferences in blog posts shortly after, or sometimes even during, a conference. The post “Quick Thoughts from the EMS Today 2012 Conference,” for instance, described my first EMS Today experience and captured the fact that I actually had the opportunity to give ‘two thumbs up‘ […]

Using EMS Week 2014

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Most of us don’t do what we do for the proverbial “pat on the back.”  In fact, you could even make a good argument that we don’t even really do it for the money.  So what does a week of national recognition mean for us? We know we can’t relax and stop doing our job. […]

Is Our Success Killing Us?

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It seems that the “evidence-based” trend in EMS requires that being “progressive” means we lay in wait for some “proof” in order to jump on a previously long held belief so we can debunk it as some old “wive’s tale.”

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 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?

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 […]

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Matt Zavadsky
What Higher EMS Pay Requires
This article is spot on - the rapidly changing healthcare finance environment is a game changer for us - IF, and ONLY IF, we can prove that we bring value to the payer... Does our care make a difference in the patient's experience of care, outcome and cost of care... By assessing our patient satisfaction,…
2015-06-17 08:38:01
Steven Lichtenberg
What Higher EMS Pay Requires
The biggest issue in pay scales is one you hit on directly. Payment for service rendered is solely based on transports. Refusals/DNR/DOA etc are not reimbursed. Once Medicare determines that we are in fact medical professionals and not "ambulance drivers" and pays for care rendered we have a chance. Community paramedicine is one mechanism for…
2015-06-16 21:47:53
daleloberger
What Higher EMS Pay Requires
Thank you for making the comment, Kim. I suspect you may have missed my meaning in that statement though. The passionate folks in EMS are some of the hardest working people I know. My complaint is certainly not that "we" don't put enough into our jobs to deserve better pay, it is that we must…
2015-06-16 18:13:18
Kim
What Higher EMS Pay Requires
"Wages will change when we decide to work for them." I don't know about you but I have been busting my butt for 24 years for better wages. I continually educate myself to gain knowledge beyond my scope. My scope of practice limits what I'm allowed to do but it doesn't limit what I am…
2015-06-16 12:38:23
Kim
What Higher EMS Pay Requires
I have worked for companies that were union and companies that were non union. The pay is always the same. I have been in EMS for 24 years and I have never earned a living wage. I always have to have multiple jobs just to get by. No vacations, no credit cards and no car…
2015-06-16 12:15:12

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