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Acres of QA

Edward T. Dickinson, MD, FACEP, NREMT-P, the medical editor of JEMS visited the„Queensland (Australia) Ambulance Service and reports on the challenges of monitoring a large„EMS system.

Posted Friday, July 25, 2008

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Army Goes Well Beyond CPR Training

Early this year, the U.S. Army initiated a Combat Lifesavers Certification course, a requirement for all recruits entering basic combat.

Posted Friday, July 25, 2008

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Beyond EMS

For the past eight years, paramedics on Long and Brier Islands in Canada have provided primary health-care and prevention services to some 1,200 residents.

Posted Friday, July 25, 2008

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Flying Bikers

There's no law that says you have to have a brain to race motorcycles, especially without a helmet. But as every EMSer knows, bikers do have brains. We see 'em all the time.

Posted Friday, July 25, 2008

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

A bipartisan group of 101 senators and representatives sent President Bush a letter that expressed their concern over the slow implementation of the Hometown Heroes Survivor Benefits Act.

Posted Friday, July 25, 2008

Names in the News

Mary Beth Michos has been named deputy executive director/chief of operations for the IAFC, beginning this month. One of the nation_s first female fire chiefs and a long-time EMS leader, Michos is the immediate past chair of the NREMT Board of Directors, sits on the board of the IAFC Foundation and is active in the IAFC EMS Section.

Posted Friday, July 25, 2008

Rapid-Fire, 90-Day ALS Training

Someone eager to become an EMT or paramedic can now do it in record timeƒfor a steep price. The National Academy for Prehospital Care (NAPC) in Fremont, Neb., recently began offering all-inclusive EMT-B training in 30 days for $3,200 and a three-month paramedic course for $26,178.

Posted Friday, July 25, 2008

Re-Directing EMS EDUCATION

The National Association of EMS Educators (NAEMSE) has completed„a first draft of the National EMS Education Standards, which will replace the DOT National Standard Curricula for„EMS. The new standards will provide minimum learning objectives for each level of„EMS personnel licensure, help educators determine what material to cover and guide publishers who develop instructional materials.

Posted Friday, July 25, 2008

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Safety A.S.A.P.

They say necessity is the mother of invention. And every change or burst of creativity begins with the identification of a problem and the opportunity to do something to fix it. A conference held in southwestern Pennsylvania in October 2005 sparked the creation of one of the most talked about ambulance safety initiatives in the state.

Posted Friday, July 25, 2008


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