Paramedic educator David Fifer took to Facebook to ask his network of EMS educators, leaders and field professionals for a pair of boots for a paramedic student. “One of my student’s shoes are falling apart, and he’s too poor to afford new ones. Before I just go buy some, does anybody happen to have an […]
Can state lawmakers make EMS safer?
EMS is receiving a flurry of attention from state-level lawmakers. In a recent EMS1 article I cataloged some of the recently proposed legislation and the chance it will actually make EMS providers safer from violence, traumatic stress and vehicle collisions. What legislation will actually make EMS providers safer?
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A psychology Ph.D. student asked the EMS sub-Reddit for help to better understand the EMS profession. Reddit user sandel23 is “looking to do my dissertation on the effects of traumatic exposure within EMS occupations” and wants to learn more about shift schedules, frequency to difficult calls, coping strategies and the most stressful aspects of the […]
Have you seen the video yet of the angry captain defending the landing zone from a videographer? The incident is well covered by Statter911.com (includes video) and the Happy Medic has some good thoughts as well. An Ugly Incident If you can handle it, watch the video. I found it really painful to watch. This is an […]
May can be a stressful time of year. In addition to the daily grind of patient assessment, treatment, and transport you might also be dealing with: Planning and delivering EMS week events Graduating from EMT class, paramedic class, or a college degree program Teaching the final days/weeks of an EMT or paramedic class Preparing for […]
Everyday EMS professionals encounter stress. Earlier this year, a student who participated in a ride-along with me died very suddenly a few weeks later. The emotions I experienced after her death surprised me given I had only spent half a day with her. I also felt embarrassed because I knew my co-workers and other students […]