Free the Internet

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I try to avoid purely political discussions on this blog, but today is different and that is because the very future of blogs just like this one at are stake. Blogs exist to further discussions and make people think about positions and question their beliefs and practices. This is the power of respectful discussion and […]

Revisiting Repeat Patient Transports

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The High Performance EMS website has been up for a year now and in review of all the topics we have visited, there are two that have stood out in particular both by the number of search terms as well as the number of page views. They are “dynamic system status management” and “EMS frequent […]

SAMPLE Your Agency

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Judging interest of the EMS community based on searches that end up at this website may not be a fair assessment of the larger group, but interest sure seems to be growing around performance concerns. I don’t know if there is any acute cause but a longer term irritant has certainly been the economy and […]

Index of Suspicion Includes Me

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It doesn’t take long in an EMT career before the excitement of “rushing to an emergency” turns in to “just another transport call.” The philosophy of “you call, we haul” in nearly every service can break the community servant’s spirit by turning a skilled paramedic into just an ambulance driver. But our system “just is […]

HP-EMS Profile: Jersey City Medical Center EMS

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The High Performance EMS we examine this month is Jersey City Medical Center EMS located just across the Hudson River from Lower Manhattan. It is a triply accredited service, receiving the CAAS, NAED’s ACE, and CoAEMSP accreditations all in the same year. As a part of the LibertyHealth System, it serves the residents, workers, and visitors of Hudson County, NJ by responding to […]

EMS in the Cloud

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According to the Gartner Hype Cycle for 2010, “Cloud Computing” and “Cloud/Web Platforms” have reached the infamous “Peak of Inflated Expectations” and are already sliding down like a fog into the unavoidable “Trough of Disillusionment”. But the story doesn’t end there as the cloud is expected to rise back upward and eventually reach the ultimate “Plateau of […]

HP-EMS Profile: Sedgwick County EMS

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It has been much more than a month, but we will return to featuring a monthly profile of High Performance EMS sites in order to inspire others to reach beyond just compliant services to provide advanced out-of-hospital care while focusing on improved efficiency. This time, our spotlight is on Sedgwick County Emergency Medical Service of Kansas. The […]

GIS for EMS

Both acronyms (GIS and EMS) represent not just technologies, but fields of study and service that have very old roots even though each can trace their modern form to research starting in the 1960s.  Both have witnessed explosive growth and application far beyond their original vision.  But most importantly, these two names definitely belong together. Those […]

Preparedness Reminder

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I know that today is the last day of National Preparedness Month, but preparedness is not seasonal and these videos are great reminders of what we can do to be prepared for ourselves, our families, and our communities.  I hope you never need to know anything they teach, but ask that you look through them […]

Social Media – To Filter or Not to Filter?

I have to admit that I didn’t notice when the DC Fire/EMS Twitter account feed went silent on August 30.  A fact that I continued not to recognize until I read the article “#Silence: Fire and EMS Twitter Feed to be ‘Filtered’” broadcast in a tweet just this morning.  According to Chief Kenneth Ellerbe in a press […]

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