This article is sponsored by Ferno’s 2020 Vision series. If you had your wishes, where would EMS be in 2020? It’s a tough question that involves prioritizing what’s most important to you while also using your creative juices to envision yourself in a completely new world.
Let’s be honest; a lot of the calls EMS providers go on simply aren’t once-in-a-lifetime emergencies. They’re not the situations that get your heart racing. They aren’t the ones you dreamed of after falling asleep in your EMT books. They’re the calls where, perhaps if you’re tired at the end of your shift, you wonder why you even get called to the incident at all. But that doesn’t make them any less important than the congestive heart failure (CHF) or cardiac arrest calls, particularly because your actions may prevent them from becoming one.
Pat Songer, NREMT-P, ASM, has always had a passion for public service and a desire to direct that passion to the underserved, and sometimes overlooked, EMS agencies in rural America. Working now in Winnemucca, Nev., two hours east of Reno, Songer, director of EMS for Humboldt General Hospital, has developed and launched some of the most influential programs and initiatives that region has ever seen.
It began with a desire to bring a group of people from multiple EMS locations throughout the world together with a common goal: to create an international, strategic plan for promoting the EMS profession. The result was the birth of a concept, International Paramedic (iParamedic), an open-source, worldwide forum for discussion and recommendations about critical issues affecting EMS practitioners.
JEMS.com Editor_s Note:„ For more on community paramedicine, check out the September JEMS article, ˙Beyond EMS.Ó
Anyone involved with EMS in the U.S. for at least a decade no doubt remembers the push in the mid '90s to create ˙expanded-scope EMS.Ó Although that effort sputtered and appeared to have died, the concept of using EMS personnel as ˙community paramedicsÓ to provide primary care services when not responding to emergency calls lives on in Canada -- and is about to make a comeback in the U.S.„