Futuristic movies and television shows always depict whimsical possibilities with travel, whether it’s the DeLorean from Back to the Future or the flying cars in The Jetsons. When imagining the ambulance of the future, however, EMS administrators can’t envision features that are too far out of the grasp of the present.
This article is sponsored by Ferno’s 2020 Vision series. Personnel involved in EMS safety gathered at Ferno's Wilmington, Ohio, headquarters on Monday, Feb. 25, to discuss the latest draft of the National EMS Advisory Council (NEMSAC) Strategy for a National EMS Culture of Safety document , which is scheduled for finalization and distribution in September.
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.