Administration and Leadership

Many years ago I was asked to speak on something "funny" at an EMS conference in Biloxi, Miss. Now, I am not like Steve Berry. I don't go to sleep and wake up thinking funny things. In fact, most humans are not like Steve Berry but that is another story. So, I developed a talk entitled, "An EMS Provider's Guide to Southern Medical Terminology."
Administration and Leadership

The question of when it's medically and legally safe to leave a patient at a scene after EMS assessment is a thought-provoking one. According to the 2005 JEMS 200-City Survey (February 2006 JEMS), 71.3% of U.S. EMS systems allow providers to treat patients without transporting them, and 35.7% have a policy that allows EMS to refuse transport. When can we evaluate a patient but not transport them? When is patient refusal not a refusal at all? Is it ever appropriate to encourage a patient to go to the ED by private vehicle?
Cardiac & Resuscitation

For those students just starting out in EMT education or students who have passed their EMT training and are now advancing to the paramedic level, I thought I would give you some suggestions on how to be successful (or more successful) in school. Regardless of your background if you ve just graduated from high school or college, or if you ve been out of school for a number of years you owe it to yourself to get the most out of your time commitment to becoming a member of the EMS workforce.
Cardiac & Resuscitation

For those students just starting out in EMT education or students who have passed their EMT training and are now advancing to the paramedic level, I thought I would give you some suggestions on how to be successful (or more successful) in school. Regardless of your background if you ve just graduated from high school or college, or if you ve been out of school for a number of years you owe it to yourself to get the most out of your time commitment to becoming a member of the EMS workforce.
Administration and Leadership

Every month we read about EMTs and paramedics who are injured or killed while working on the job. Sometimes, EMS personnel are injured or killed when the vehicle in which they re riding to a call becomes involved in a crash. An EMS worker could be killed while on scene at a domestic violence call. In some cases, the EMS provider who did something stupid or recklessness with knowledge that what they were doing could hurt them, their partner or someone else is clearly at fault.
Administration and Leadership

Every month we read about EMTs and paramedics who are injured or killed while working on the job. Sometimes, EMS personnel are injured or killed when the vehicle in which they re riding to a call becomes involved in a crash. An EMS worker could be killed while on scene at a domestic violence call. In some cases, the EMS provider who did something stupid or recklessness with knowledge that what they were doing could hurt them, their partner or someone else is clearly at fault.
Communications & Dispatch

New Orleans EMS crews were forced to operate in a non-existent incident command environment and without communications with their personnel throughout the first four days of the incident.
Administration and Leadership

Prehospital clinical medicine as we know it changed during Katrina. For the first time in modern EMS, major metropolitan crews became stranded along with their residents. Crews seasoned in hurricane response, ready to respond to the needs of their communities, suddenly found themselves trapped on urban islands, unable to respond even after the most damaging conditions subsided.
Communications & Dispatch

Setting the Stage Moments earlier, a distraught man parks his Jeep Cherokee straddling a set of railroad tracks and facing north, pointed in the direction of an approaching southbound commuter train headed for L.A.'s Union Station. The driver exits his vehicle, pours gasoline in and around the SUV, and then flees.