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’

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.

What is “Performance” in EMS? Part 4

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There are two ways to look at the problem of employee satisfaction: is your service hiring the right sorts of people and are you the type of person that the service you actually want to work for is actively hiring?

Quick Thoughts from EMS Today 2013 Conference

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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

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

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

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

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!

A New Danger in EMS?

I read an article this morning where Winnipeg declared Cellphones off limits for firefighters, paramedics with only some surprise.  Sure there are the embarrassments like the Texas Firefighter Charged With Taking Secret Bathroom Pics who need to be drummed out of the system.  And I understand that new technology can be a scary thing – especially from a legal […]

Quick thoughts from TriCON 2012

The theme for the TriCON 2012 conference in San Diego was “Breaking Barriers” and that is certainly what TriTech presented during the plenary yesterday regarding their next generation dispatch system and their consolidation of recent business acquisitions.  The crowd was clearly the biggest ever for this conference at about 430 users.  A show of hands […]

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