Weekly JEMS.com author Keith Wesley, MD FACEP, has been named the Minnesota EMS medical director. He was chosen for the post by the Minnesota Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board (EMSRB or Board). I m honored to have been selected. Having provided similar duties for Wisconsin the past two years I am looking forward to the challenge, Wesley said.
W. Va. ambulance authority halting non-emergency transports Editor's note: The fourth-place team in the Fourth annual JEMS Games was from Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority. Put your skills to the test by pitting yourself against fellow EMS providers in the JEMS Games, an annual competition based on clinical care skills. Download the 2008 flyer and join today!
Overly aggressive ventilation rates by EMS personnel may be harming patients with compromised circulation, Dallas EMS Medical Director Paul Pepe, MD, said during a session titled "Ventilation of the Critically Ill and Injured" at the EMS Today Conference & Exposition in Salt Lake City March 6. ˙Both basic and advanced ventilatory techniques can be detrimental or even fatal when traditional techniques are followed too zealously,Ó he said.
As many of you head to Philadelphia for the EMS Today Conference this month, some of your colleagues will attend another seminar, the Terrible EMS Leadership Conference. This secret conference is where EMS managers with poor leadership skills enhance their knack for mismanaging their organizations and employees. I recently received the brochure in the mail, and some of the courses sound interesting. Here are just a few: