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From the August 2009 Issue | Monday, August 3, 2009


I was reading Bryan Bledsoe_s recent article about Jim Page and it made me think, I wish I could have met the man. My biggest concern for the future of EMS is a change in the culture of our workforce. There have been many articles about younger generations and their different work ethic,butI_m seeing a failure of the leadership to adapt.I wonder what the state of the industry will be like over the next 10 years as the current leadership retires and there_s no one who_s been groomed to continue the charge.

Josh Wenzel, BS, NREMT-P

Tupelo, Mississippi

EMS lost a great one. But I must say you_re doing a great job carrying on Jim_s need to change the status quo. You_re right on target with articles like "Myths of Modern EMS."I_m sure Jim is smiling.

Gary Kleeman. EMT-P

Corydon, Indiana

Tube Talk

I appreciate the concerns over the low success rate and poor patient outcome after ETI ("The Disappearing ET Tube," March JEMS). Rather than completely abandon a skill that has always been considered the gold standard in airway maintenance,why not look into the possible causes of the poor outcomesand what can be done to correct the issue?

Tom Langley-Smith

Ontario, Canada

Bryan Bledsoe responds: If a procedure or skill goes away, some other procedure or skill will replace it. But, in the overall scheme of things, is EMS more about taking care of people than procedures and medications?

Double Trouble

As a former volunteer, I found "Troublemakers" in May JEMS in very poor taste. As for the call volume,you cannot put dollars on human life.I am at an agency that has less than 200 calls per year but is poverty stricken. Why? [We] have [our] priorities straight.

spenac



Editor-in-Chief A.J. Heightman responds: Your paid service_s commitment to 24-hour on-site staffing for fewer than 200 calls per year is commendable but not financially prudent. Research has shown that a service needs to answer at least 1,000 calls annually to survive with paid personnel.For the entire response, visitjems.com/zigmont.

CORRECTIONs

"2009 Hot Products" (June JEMS) stated that the ActFast Anti-Choking Trainer works in conjunction with a standard bag-valve mask, which is false.

From July Load and Go, Drs. Eugene Nagel and Jim Hirschman developed the first ECG telemetry and voice radio signal transmission devices in the late 1960s.JEMS




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