Successful EMS agencies often explore and compare their EMS systems to those of neighboring cities, states and regions. They often replicate aspects of innovative EMS systems that are ahead of the prehospital curve and who are willing to share their expertise, approach and protocols.
In the early ‘70s, I learned how efficient and effective the Seattle and King County Medic One ALS programs were and used it as a model for ALS response systems in Eastern Pennsylvania. I also patterned a regional MedCom communications and helicopter system after the Maryland SYSCOM network and developed a user fee system that’s sustained and expanded that system for 30 years.
These experiences made me realize that good EMS systems are willing to share their success, progress and problems with other systems so they can replicate the success and avoid potential pitfalls and political landmines.
Most importantly, it taught me that I could implement programs faster and cheaper if I didn’t have to reinvent the wheel—you can save a lot of time, money and developmental effort by learning how successful programs got their genesis, obtained funding and equipment, trained their personnel and measured operational success.
When I joined JEMS, founding publisher Jim Page advised me to “look over the horizon,” avoid being myopic and help our readers and EMS systems avoid being stuck in traditional operational, financial and educational molds. He wanted JEMS to assist systems in improving safety and working conditions for their personnel, maximizing their planning and operating budgets, and, more importantly, saving more lives.
It was a big challenge from a wise leader, but with the help of a great staff and active participation from a solid JEMS Editorial Board, JEMS has been at the forefront of progressive clinical and operational developments, giving you a look over the horizon through feature articles and editorial supplements, showcasing state-of-the science research and offering visionary EMS Today Conference sessions.
We take pride in our efforts to advance the use of patient simulation; ALS and BLS continuous positive airway pressure; adult intraosseous infusion; ultrasound, end-tidal carbon dioxide, and carbon monoxide assessment; mass casualty incident and active shooter response processes, procedure and equipment; community paramedicine; and stress assessment and suicide prevention.
Although these efforts have been successful in expanding BLS and ALS systems throughout the United States, I’ve realized through my global travel that there are great system advances, educational efforts and treatment protocols in other countries, and that there’s so much more that JEMS can share to help our leaders, response personnel and manufacturers to expand, improve and grow.
After a year of development, I’m pleased to announce a major international expansion as we debut our JEMS international editorial board. This new group of 52 advisors, representing 30 countries from around the world, are committed to bringing you thought-provoking articles to let you learn about the innovative things being done in their countries, including how they were accomplished, how successful they’ve been and how they can be replicated in other EMS systems.
For example, we’ll share ambulance design advances; how countries deploy physicians, perfusionists, mobile stroke and ECMO teams alongside BLS and ALS ambulances; new treatment procedures for trauma and medical patients; how Canadian systems pioneered community paramedicine and other EMS advances; how Finland serves their country’s population and rugged terrain with just 22 paramedics; and how the SAMU systems were able to muster a sufficient number of ambulances and personnel to treat and transport patients in Paris and Nice during their terror attacks.
We will add international articles in the print and digital editions of JEMS, regularly add original international content on JEMS.com and the digital EMS Insider management resource, and offer special international faculty lectures at the EMS Today Conference in Salt Lake City, Feb. 22–25, 2017.
This expansion gives JEMS the largest and most diverse international reach of any journal or magazine in the EMS industry and fulfills Jim Page’s recommendation that we look over the horizon, not be myopic and challenge the norm to ensure our readers, advertisers and exhibitors are informed and afforded the opportunity to improve the quality of service they offer and the care they render in the field.
Join us in welcoming the new national and international editorial board members listed here.