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Quick Thoughts from NENA 2013

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Okay, now that you know what really happened [at the NENA 2013 conference], here is my take.

A Short Take on Long Boards

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The National Association of EMS Physicians and the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma have made their Position Statement on spinal immobilization for EMS publicly available. So, now what?

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.

Quick Thoughts from EMS Today 2013 Conference

Thursday: By far the busiest day with endless concurrent sessions. I tweeted as many of the pearls of wisdom that I heard live as fast as I could.

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?

What is “Performance” in EMS? Part 1

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One aspect of improving performance is responding appropriately in less time – not necessarily just responding “faster.” Technology must be evaluated by “outcome” just as patient treatments are being qualified and improved.

Excellence Through Challenge

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Think you’re the best at what you do? Do you have the skills to beat out all others? Do you like to show off those skills? Come on up to Oshawa, Ontario Canada and prove it!

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 […]

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