Category Archives: Vehicle Operation & Ambulances

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 […]

What is “Performance” in EMS? Part 1

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.

The Role of Response Time in EMS Performance

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While there were many comments on the question of “what does High Performance EMS mean to you?”, I would like to focus on the assertion that measuring response time is not an evidence-based practice.

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High Preformance EMS

High Performance Emergency Medical Services (HP-EMS) systems provide effective pre-hospital care promoting positive clinical outcomes and community wellness while maintaining a focus on high economic efficiency. This site is a community service dedicated to increasing local agency performance by promoting useful information regarding the developing trends and improvements in the efficiency of delivering basic and advanced pre-hospital medical care in the field.