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Health and Wellness

National Emergency is a Call to Service

Early this week I wrote, “A letter to the American public: The COVID-19 pandemic national emergency is a call to serve” for EMS1. I usually write to the public safety audience so this was a rare departure to address the public. In addition to the suggestions in that article here are other ways to serve […]

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News and Events

Alternate Posting Location: Guns, Guns, Guns

Guns for paramedics and EMTs is back in the news with recent approval of SWAT/TEMS medics to carry firearms. The news has reignited interest in allowing any EMS provider to carry a firearm. Here’s my take, Paramedics want guns on duty. What comes next? Also take a look at the results of a 2017 and […]

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EMS Tips Health and Wellness

Alternate Posting Location: What’s with Wuhan for EMS

Last week I posted two EMS1 articles about EMS and the Wuhan coronavirus. Why EMS leaders need to discuss the Wuhan coronavirus with the public, media Is EMS prepared for an epidemic or pandemic?

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News and Events

NAEMSP Articles and Notes – 3 Lists of 3

Three things I learned about NAEMSP 25 percent of members are professional members (not physicians) The 2019 meeting was the highest ever attendance NAEMSP is celebrating its 35-year anniversary Three articles I wrote for EMS1. Why the first DHS Secretary Tom Ridge advocates for EMS  Achieving efficiency and sustainability in volunteer EMS  NAEMSP 2019 Quick […]

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What questions need to be answered when purchasing EMS drugs?

EMTs and paramedics administer numerous drugs, like epinephrine for anaphylaxis, albuterol for asthma, and nitroglycerine for chest pain, to treat life-threatening medical conditions and relieve patient pain. The administration of those drugs is governed by scope of practice rules or statutes and medical director-approved protocols. The decisions of which drug formulations or brands to purchase, […]

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EMS Education Tips

New EMS Scope of Practice another step on evidence-based future

The EMS profession, increasingly, is basing its use of medications and procedures on evidence. Either evidence supporting the continuation of an existing practice or the adoption of a new practice. Or the ceasing a practice not supported by evidence. Of course, some practices go away or enter the profession more quickly than others. Evidence is […]

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News and Events

The slow steady decline of ambulance to hospital transports is beginning

As we close in on 2020, it’s likely we are about to reach Peak EMS Transports, a term I am co-opting from Peak Oil, a phrase that has been used to describe the date in the future at which the extraction of oil will have reached maximum levels. After Peak EMS, there will be a […]

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EMS Tips

Welfare Check Tips from EMS Leaders

For this EMS1 article, Lessons to apply: Welfare check incident became a LODD, I asked these EMS leaders for their best tips and advice for conducting welfare checks: Chad Pore Mike Taigman  Gina Perschau-Becker Marc Bashoor Welfare checks are resource intensive responses (police officer, engine company, ambulance crew) which often result in an unsatisfactory outcome, such […]

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Wildland Fires: Need More Attention, Training and Support

In California, as well as many parts of the western United States, the wildfire season is lengthening because of a combination of drought, urbanization, invasive plant disease and climate change. The firefighters fighting California’s wildfires, the police and EMS providers who are evacuating civilians and caring for the injured deserve our interest, attention and support. As the […]

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EMS Tips News and Events

Severe Bleeding Control Before Triage

What do you think – stop all severe bleeding before any additional patient triage? I think we will soon see a paradigm shift in active shooter response and patient triage systems- Stop all bleeding first BEFORE you start triage. START, SORT, SALT, etc are all going to be a thing of the past soon. #EMS […]