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EMS Surveillance or Survival?

I know there are probably agencies out there with some real control issues, but the use of technology that monitors your EMS system are not really about employee surveillance. áSometimes this monitoring is actually about your protection, but most often I believe it is about creating a competitive advantage that will help your agency survive […]

Revisiting Repeat Patient Transports

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. áThey are “dynamic system status management” and “EMS frequent […]

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.” áTheáphilosophy 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. áBut our system “just is what […]

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”. áBut the story doesn’t end there as the cloud is expected to rise back upward and eventually reach the ultimate […]

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 justácompliantáservices to provide advanced out-of-hospital care while focusing on improved efficiency. áThis time, our spotlight is onáSedgwick County Emergency Medical Serviceáof Kansas. The public EMS […]

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. áBoth have witnessed explosive growth and application far beyond their original vision. áBut most importantly,áthese two names definitely belong together. Those […]

Dynamic System Status Management

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System Status Management (SSM) is the fluid deployment of ambulances based on the hour-of-the-day and day-of-the-week in order to match supply, defined as Unit Hours of Utilization (UHU), with expected demand, expressed as calls for service, in the attempt to provide faster response by locating ambulances at “posts” nearer their next calls. áWhile the practice […]

EMS “Frequent Flyer” Abuse

A recent article at JEMS.com 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.á The author offered up that while it is a serious practice ofáabuse by the […]

“No Available EMS”

No one really wants to read a bad story about some other EMS agency, but it isáeven worse to read a similar story about your own.á The purpose of this post is not to make Detroit intoásome EMSá”posterchild”ábut intended toáshed some light onásimilar problems that may be all too common at other locations as well.ááFor […]

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

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daleloberger
Culture of Safety
The idea of changing administrative behavior at the very core of how they function regarding issues of safety is also seen in the promotion of a "Just Culture" in EMS. The Center for Patient Safety discusses this idea at their website: http://www.centerforpatientsafety.org/just-culture-in-ems/
2014-12-19 18:09:59
daleloberger
Community-Based Programs
How EMS can become a financially stable function of a local government is a hot topic right now. Jamie Davis discusses the NAEMT efforts towards changing the funding stream from the federal level in this podcast: http://www.mediccast.com/blog/2014/12/19/naemt-wants-congress-and-the-president-to-fund-ems/
2014-12-19 18:06:14
daleloberger
Communicate, Communicate, Communicate
It only takes one bad story like this: http://www.emsworld.com/video/12029267/philadelphia-paramedic-in-hot-water-over-anti-police-image to make the public question a whole service (or even incite violence.) If your service doesn't already have a social networking presence, how can you effectively counter such bad media? You need to engage before problems arise in order to have credibility and a voice when…
2014-12-18 13:51:43
Mark
How To Perform CPR: The Crucial Steps You Should Know (and Share!)
The majority of people who survive a cardiac arrest are resuscitated from ventricular fibrillation (VF) by the administration of a defibrillatory shock. This is most likely to be successful when it is given very soon after the onset of VF; emergency service personnel are often unable to arrive soon enough to help a victim. Automated…
2014-12-16 17:32:19
daleloberger
Economic Efficiency
No one is going to challenge the idea of "rationing healthcare" with the idea that "any expense is worthwhile if it saves just one life"? Good to see we are beyond that logic.
2014-12-15 21:58:08

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