Electronic Patient Care Reports Must Get Better

EMTs and paramedics’ responses to an NAEMT survey on ePCR software points to opportunities to improve usability and training. The survey report, 2017 National Survey on EMS ePCR Usability, describes the factors impacting perception of ePCR usability, the importance of training and the need to train EMS providers toward proficiency. The 18-question survey adapted questions from […]

EMS Education Tips

3 Things Tuesday: Capture Screen Shots for Software Education

Screenshots are a valuable tool to teach students and personnel how to use the software they use on the job – scheduling, ePCR, online training, etc. Screenshots are also potentially valuable for us, as educators and trainers, to see what remote personnel are seeing on their screen. In addition to “PrtScrn” (Print Screen) this tutorial shows 3 […]

EMS Tips

Alternate Posting Location: EMS Communication

Special contribution to an newsletter about EMS communications. EMS Communication: Doing More with Less I packed a lot of ideas into this article and welcome your feedback, questions, and additions. Thanks.  

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Posts Outside the Service Area: EMT Review for Android and Fire/EMS Blog of 2010 Contest

EMT Review App, a sponsor of, announced today that their test prep and skill sharpening product is now available for the Android. Read the full announcement about this fantastic Smartphone App for EMTs and Paramedics. Fire/EMS Blog of the Year announced the Fire/EMS Blog of the 2010/2011 contest sponsored by Black Diamond. […]

News and Events

EMSProMag Article: Our Employee Scheduling Journey

Browse the online version of EMS Pro magazine to read the article “Our Employee Scheduling Journey.” In the article Sgt. Andrew Blackwood explains his organization’s need for a better scheduling solution and their process for selecting EMS Manager. //

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New Product Training Questions #FirehouseExpo

Today I am browsing the vendor booths and meeting clients and friends at the Firehouse Expo exhibit hall at the Baltimore Convention Center. Recently I have been spending a lot of time thinking about and developing programming for using online education for new product training. The training required for new products often times limits and […]

Product Reviews

Product Review: Poly-Lingo Translation Software

Multi-Language Prompter I had the opportunity to use a trial version of the Poly-Lingo Translation software recently. Poly-Lingo is a “multi-language prompter program designed to remove language barriers and improve patient care.” I used a laptop version that was installed on my local drive from a CD-ROM. Poly-Lingo was developed by Firefighter/Paramedic Ken Kelly. Features […]

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Sales of Blackberry Shift Calendar Benefit Chronicles of EMS

Everyday EMS Tips readers looking for a shift calendar application for your Blackberry check out BBShiftCal from Gasda Software. The software description states, “The Blackberry Shift Calendar is a simple monthly view of a Firefighters platoon style shift calendar. You will find the layout very similar to the paper calendar’s you are already used to. […]

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7 Ways for EMS Professionals to Use Screencasting

Screen casting could be used to demonstrate: 1. Use of punching into a computer time tracking clock 2. Process to transfer data from a cardiac monitor data card to an electronic PCR 3. Proper entry of patient history information 4. Annotation of patient injuries on a body diagram 5. Logging into and selecting a course […]

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Use Screencasting to Demo Software Processes

Screencasting or capturing using free and easy to use software is a simple technique to make short videos of software processes. Every paramedic shift I use computer software to punch into work and order supplies. On every call my partner and I use a mobile data terminal to find the patient’s locations and track our […]