Operations And Protcols

Some Fear Ambulance Rotation Will Fatigue Firefighters

The City Council approved an agreement Tuesday to put city firefighters on two MedStar ambulances to help the emergency transport service with a staffing shortage.

Posted Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Wisconsin Emergency Personnel Balk at Reorganization Plan

The quaint image of the volunteer fire department is being blown apart in Mequon, Wis., where an outsider who was hired as chief is taking aim at a department he says has one supervisor for every 1.8 subordinates.

Posted Wednesday, September 19, 2007

State probing medical process used by AMR

Colorado State health officials are investigating an incident involving a patient treated by American Medical Response, and the ambulance company has agreed to temporarily stop using a procedure unless directed by a doctor.

Posted Tuesday, September 18, 2007

EMS, Politics and the Great Urban Sprawl

It s July in Daytona Beach, and there are a lot of hot issues out there for us locals. One is the heat itself, more oppressive this summer than the last.

Posted Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Cult of the Individual, Part 2

Last week, I described how my experience aboard a floating casino started me thinking about the need to get past the prejudice of seeing only individuals in health care and the need to see them, occasionally, as numbers.

Posted Tuesday, September 18, 2007

EMS, Politics and the Great Urban Sprawl

It s July in Daytona Beach, and there are a lot of hot issues out there for us locals. One is the heat itself, more oppressive this summer than the last.

Posted Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Cult of the Individual, Part 1

Recently, I went on a gambling boat. It wasn't that the student loans had gone into default, or that I owed money and liked having kneecaps. The occasion was the Annual Banquet for the Environmental Health Department at the Volusia County Health Department.

Posted Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Cult of the Individual, Part 2

Last week, I described how my experience aboard a floating casino started me thinking about the need to get past the prejudice of seeing only individuals in health care and the need to see them, occasionally, as numbers.

Posted Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Potshots

I get all kinds of mail at the Volusia County Health Department. Most of it is quite pleasant to read. There are letters that flatter me personally and the department as a whole. I also see the thank you notes from grateful community partners. But every now and then something comes across my desk that is truly bizarre.

Posted Tuesday, September 18, 2007


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