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Looking Back to See Ahead: 2014 in Review

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The end of the year is a great time to take stock in what has already passed and to make plans for the future. The vision I had when I started this blog four years ago was summarized in my first blog post, Hello World. Welcome to HP_EMS!  I’m glad to say that today, while many other […]

What is CAEMS and Why Should I Care?

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Two weeks ago, we started a Community of Practice to discuss EMS Deployment. The larger issue of deploying resources is all about efficiency and effectiveness in care, those are also the aims of any High Performance EMS group. However, that message is too often confused with meaning simply “better, faster, cheaper”, when in practice it […]

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 […]

Is our success a sign of our failure?

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What does it mean to be “successful” in EMS? Have you ever considered what a really “successful” service would look like? Does it have all the latest equipment and consistently ride on the cutting edge of “evidence-based” guidelines rather than blind protocols? Or is it one that has a growing fleet and is constantly looking to hire more staff to […]

How To Perform CPR: The Crucial Steps You Should Know (and Share!)

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This important article (and the associated graphics) is reprinted as a guest blog with permission from Monica Gomez, a freelance health and healthcare writer. Originally published at http://carrington.edu/blog/medical/how-to-perform-cpr/.  The animated GIF images alone are worth sharing! Anybody can and anybody should learn how to perform CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation): According to the American Heart Association, a stunning 70% […]

HP-EMS Profile: MedStar Mobile Healthcare

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As I was going to be in Dallas for the Fire Rescue conference, I decided to go a little early and pay a visit to MedStar Mobile Healthcare (the renown “birthplace of Mobile Integrated Healthcare”) just over in Fort Worth, Texas.  For anyone who may not have been paying attention to the industry during the last […]

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 […]

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. […]

What Twitter, and These EMS Influencers, Mean to Me

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The thing I love most about conferences is the unexpected things I learn. Like everyone else, I attend certain sessions on topics I need to know more about, but in-between these official talks there are millions of opportunities (casual conversations) to hear things I never knew I needed to know. To me, this is the […]

Influencing Paramedics on Twitter

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I like lists. They are typically neat and definitive. I am sure that my friend @ChecklistMedic would agree that they also help bring order to the chaos that often defines our work in the field. For those of us trying to leverage social media to keep current on EMS thought (or Community Paramedicine or Mobile Integrated Healthcare), […]

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