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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 […]

A Bibliography on EMS in a State of Change

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.

Demystifying the Current Drug Shortage Problem in EMS

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.

Quick Thoughts from the Esri EPC/DevSummit 2012

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The importance of the intersection of Geographic Information System (GIS) technology and Public Safety may not seem very obvious to some at first glance, but GIS has a lot to offer beyond just mapping in improving the efficiency and effectiveness of systems to create a High Performance EMS. (See my previous post on GIS for EMS for […]

The Future of Prediction

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I have read the positions stating that calls for emergency services are completely random (justifying the reason they are often called “accidents”) and therefore not able to be predicted. But both academic literature and practical experience show that demand prediction can be an effective tool in helping to balance scarce resources (ambulances and their trained crews) with public demand (requests for emergency responses even […]

EMS “Frequent Flyer” Abuse

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A recent article at on EMS System Abuse told of examples of “frequent flyers” (that is non-emergency patients requesting multiple transports by EMS agencies on a fairly regular basis) many of which would be amusing if they weren’t so sad. The author offered up that while it is a serious practice of abuse by the public, […]

“No Available EMS”

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No one really wants to read a bad story about some other EMS agency, but it is even worse to read a similar story about your own. The purpose of this post is not to make Detroit into some “failed EMS poster child” but intended to shed some light on similar problems that may be […]

Hello World. Welcome to HP_EMS!

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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 […]

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