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2018 Year in Review

EMS was stretched thin during 2018, with natural disasters pounding both coasts, an ongoing opioid epidemic and more mass shootings. Once again, EMS providers met the challenges and served with honor, bravery and integrity. Even during a difficult year, stories of heroism rose out of the chaos, as they always do.

As we look towards 2019, take a look back at some of the year’s most heroic and impactful moments with features from our expert columnists and multimedia lists of the year’s top moments.

Opioid response, “Stop the Bleed” training and community paramedicine were the top EMS trend choices of 2018
Climate change, connectivity, value-based reimbursements will shape the coming year in EMS service and delivery
A bold prediction that EMS patient transport to the hospital by ambulance is sure to peak, level off and decline as we near 2020
Every year starts with good intentions. Make this one filled with real world positive change
From fulfilling dying wishes to finishing house work for a patient, EMS providers performed some pretty incredible acts of kindness this year
From flaming spiders to a girl stuck in a tailpipe, this year first responders dealt with several incidents you just can’t make up
Rory Barros, who was hit by a drunk driver while responding to a crash, explains why giving up has never been an option
Goldendoodles Saydee and Bodhi have made it their mission to relieve the emotional stress EMTs and paramedics experience while on duty and at deployments
How far has prehospital point of care ultrasound come in the past year and, more importantly, where is it going next?
Congresswoman Norma Torres, who previously worked as a 911 operator, wants to upgrade the status of 911 operators from clerical workers to first responders