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Cleaning Products May Be Wasting Your Agency's Time & Money

It's important to discover the truth behind disinfectants before you use them.

Posted Thursday, May 17, 2012

Addressing Fatigue Risk Management in the Workplace

The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine’s Presidential Task Force on fatigue risk management published a guidance statement intended to assist in the design and implementation of a fatigue risk-management system (FRMS).

Posted Thursday, May 10, 2012

How Clean is Your Ambulance?

An ongoing controversy exists in some areas regarding who’s responsible for cleaning equipment left at the hospital.

Posted Thursday, May 10, 2012

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Consider the Dangers of Shift Work

Your agency should think about creating a fatigue management plan.

Posted Friday, April 20, 2012

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Study Measures Effect of Sleep Deprivation on EMS Providers

Study measures effect of sleep deprivation on EMS providers.

Posted Friday, March 16, 2012

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The Great Ambulance Response Time Debate Continues

Experts discuss ambulance response times.

Posted Thursday, February 16, 2012

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Finding New Venues of Support for EMS

Nonprofits are a helpful avenue for support for EMS.

Posted Wednesday, January 18, 2012

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Sneak Peek at NFPA 1917

New ambulance specifications standards are due in June 2013.

Posted Friday, December 23, 2011

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NASEMSO Survey Provides Snapshot of EMS Industry

Find out national EMS industry data, such as how many providers and ambulances there are.

Posted Tuesday, November 15, 2011

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Vaccinations & Immunizations for EMS Providers

Looking for a way to save money? Consider vaccinations and immunizations. According to Katherine West, BSN, MSEd, CIC, infection control consultant for Infection Control/Emerging Concepts Inc., a simple inoculation could save your agency a significant amount of money. “Prevention up front is 60–80% less costly than one exposure,” she says.

Posted Tuesday, October 11, 2011

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EMS on a Budget

As EMS managers continue to look for ways to tighten budgets, some are returning to past practices as a way to trim a few dollars. Example: East Pierce Fire and Rescue in Bonney Lake, Wash., is going back to using vials instead of auto-injectors for some infrequently used drugs.

Posted Friday, September 16, 2011

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EMS Workforce Agenda for the Future Released

There is a sobering lack of critical information when it comes to EMS workforce issues. By systematically addressing the complex components and the needs of the various EMS delivery models, the EMS Workforce Agenda for the Future has distilled the issues, recognized the shortfalls and made specific, practical recommendations for moving forward.

Posted Tuesday, August 16, 2011

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Pinnacle Session Discusses New Wave of EMS Consolidation

A wave of recent consolidations in the EMS industry means public and private agencies need to learn to 'play together,' says one private ambulance firm CEO.

Posted Tuesday, August 2, 2011

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Managing Offload Delays Is a Multi-National Issue

EMS crews are being held hostage in emergency departments, said one speaker from this year's Pinnacle Conference. Find out how he suggests EMS can free itself from EDs.

Posted Thursday, July 28, 2011

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Law Firms Court EMS Whistleblowers

Healthcare reform has provided new avenues to recoup billions of tax dollars lost to fraud and abuse in the Medicare and Medicaid programs, and law firms are actively looking for informants within EMS.

Posted Thursday, July 21, 2011

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Ambulance Billing & Reimbursement Update

A new way of calculating the Ambulance Inflation Factor (AIF) that changes Medicare fee schedules will mean that Medicare reimbursement will, on average, be at least 1% less than expected each year from now on.

Posted Monday, June 13, 2011

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Ambulance Companies Change Hands

Recently several U.S. ambulance companies have moved to private equity firms.

Posted Wednesday, May 18, 2011

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Drug ‘Shortage’ Led Supply Practice Evaluation

A shortage of D50 that made Oklahoma’s EMSA take a hard look at its supply practices could help your service.

Posted Monday, April 11, 2011

A Schedule Staff Can Live With

Read about an EMS schedule that results in fewer hours or fewer days worked than traditional ones.

Posted Friday, March 18, 2011

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White Paper Addresses Creation of a Lead Federal Agency for EMS

A white paper released by the IAEMSC and EMSLA would designate DHS as the federal lead for EMS.

Posted Thursday, February 17, 2011

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