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How virtual hospitals may change EMS

- 09/29/2014

With predictions that one in six doctor visits in the U.S. and Canada will be virtual in 2014, telemedicine has the potential to greatly influence how EMS operates. Glenn Leland, chief strategy ...


3 steps to spot danger on EMS scenes

- 09/23/2014

This past year, I was involved in a film project recreating a firefighter close call event that occurred during a basement fire. While interviewing the firefighters who were on the hose line ...


Why EMS should put compassion before protocols

- 09/18/2014

“No smoking. Oxygen in use.” “No family in the back of the rig.” “Food or drinks allowed in cab only.” “No pets in the rig.” Rules ...


5 pros and cons of cameras in ambulances

- 09/10/2014

The lowest of the low, in my opinion, are the lawsuits that arise from someone just doing his or her job; trying to be thorough and professional, only to be accused of wrongdoing for a quick ...


Clinical scenario: A three-hour fall in the bathtub

- 09/10/2014

You and your partner have just arrived back at your station when the telephone rings. Your dispatcher requests that you start en route to 537 West Main St. for a report of a fall. After getting ...


Should EMS stop prolonging death?

- 09/09/2014

It’s a hard truth, but all of us are going to die; every one of us. A few of us will die peacefully. Less than one in five of us will die in our homes. Most of us will find our way into ...


6 fat-burning tips for busy EMTs

- 09/08/2014

You cannot out-exercise a bad diet. These words reflect one of the main challenges providers face when trying to eat healthy, especially during a long, busy shift. All responders must understand ...


When handing a patient over, should EMTs help ER staff?

- 09/08/2014

In general no, because doing so can cause issues with documentation, chain of command, confusion as to who should do what, and the clear establishment of the exact point in which responsibilities ...


4 ways firefighters can prep the EMS scene

- 09/04/2014

I am a great EMS officer working in a busy fire department, and I need good EMTs with me on medical calls. I was a good firefighter working with great firefighters, but after 10 years I decided ...


5 ways EMTs can be more caring to patients

- 08/28/2014

Imagine that you’re in the market for a classic sports car. You notice an online advertisement saying that an individual is giving away a mint-condition Shelby Mustang. You race over to ...


How to define leadership in EMS

- 08/20/2014

Last month I wrote about a smart and talented young EMS supervisor named Jason who has little interest in leadership. He sees little he wants to emulate in the bosses running his agency and the ...


4 ways to train your EMS staff like a tier-one, elite force

- 08/19/2014

Since the demise of Osama Bin Laden, and for some years before, the so-called tier-one military units have been the subject of wide discussion. The tiers actually refer to funding priorities, ...


6 wearables to keep your fitness on track

- 08/13/2014

Anyone in EMS knows the constant battle to stick to a fitness plan, especially when you’re running to calls and barely have time to eat, never mind work out. But some firm external motivation ...


Why you should quit your crappy EMS job

- 08/13/2014

“The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.” — Jordan Belfort, 'The Wolf ...


5 crazy but common EMS scenes and how to manage them

- 08/13/2014

Not all responses go as smoothly as we would like. People have different thresholds for coping with things that frighten, confuse, or worry them. Objectivity is imperative at an emotional ...


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