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November 2008

Off the Paper Trail: Automated management of training records helps keep certifications organzied & current

Staying current with mandated training and certifications isn_t easy to accomplish because so much training is tracked manually. The good news is that software is now available to automate training records.

Bob Galvin

Escape Faulty Thinking: How to minimize the influence of bias in patient assessment

This article describes EMS patient assessment errors and the common cognitive dispositions to respond that contribute to them and identifies cognitive strategies to reduce errors in EMS patient assessment.

W. Ann "Winnie" Maggiore, JD, NREMT-P

From the Editor

From the Editor: Your Other Partner

A good partner is reliable and strong -- and always has your back. However, partners often get separated. That_s why every EMS provider should have a portable ˙partner.Ó

A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P


Lighter Side

Pet Passing

My cell phone rang. I sputtered a„ ˙Yes, dear?Ó into the phone, which I had wedged awkwardly between my shoulder and chin while attempting to toss my backpack behind the driver_s seat of the ambulance.

Steve Berry


Priority Traffic

EMS Deploys to Gulf Coast

Three hurricanes prompt historic response.


Medical Director Forum

Let 'em Loose?: An objective method to help decide if a medic is ready for the street

One of the greatest challenges a medical director faces is determining when newly graduated paramedics and paramedics new to their service are ready to practice independently in their agency under the authority of their medical license.

Edward T. Dickinson, MD, NREMT-P, FACEP


Tricks of the Trade

Probie in the Doorway: A welcome for the next Jim Page

Thom Dick introduces his friend, Peter Canning, a million-selling,New York Times-class author and full-time medic from Hartford, Conn.

Thom Dick


Case of the Month

Injury by Power Tool: Unusual incident tests providers' skills

An„EMS crew responded to a 32-year-old male weighing approximately„220 lbs. They found the patient seated at a kitchen table with a puncture wound to the back of his head.

Daniel Frazier, NREMT-P


Leadership Sector

Growing Diversity: Do race & culture matter in EMS?

When a workforce becomes diverse and understands diversity, it becomes stronger.

Gary Ludwig, MS, EMT-P


A Note About the JEMS Archives
Looking for something prior to January 2008? Additional archives back to 2006 are coming soon to the new JEMS.com, but you can click here for older archives in the meantime.

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