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.
Full list of 2018 Year in Review results
Roundtable: How to prepare for the changes in store for EMS–
Climate change, connectivity, value-based reimbursements will shape the coming year in EMS service and delivery
8 reasons we are on the cusp of Peak EMS–
A bold prediction that EMS patient transport to the hospital by ambulance is sure to peak, level off and decline as we near 2020
Use checklists to counter the effects of fatigue, improve patient care–
Avoid missteps, reduce errors and give hospital staff an in-depth preview of a patient’s condition
Top 10 heartwarming EMS stories of 2018–
From fulfilling dying wishes to finishing house work for a patient, EMS providers performed some pretty incredible acts of kindness this year
5 steps to make your EMS resolutions STICK–
Every year starts with good intentions. Make this one filled with real world positive change
Top 10 strangest calls EMS faced in 2018–
From flaming spiders to a girl stuck in a tailpipe, this year first responders dealt with several incidents you just can’t make up
Move over, urges paramedic who lost leg after being struck–
Rory Barros, who was hit by a drunk driver while responding to a crash, explains why giving up has never been an option
How AMR's therapy dog program is helping EMS providers cope with 'unimaginable' stress–
Goldendoodles Saydee and Bodhi have made it their mission to relieve the emotional stress EMTs and paramedics experience while on duty and at deployments
Trending: Expanded use of prehospital point of care ultrasound (P-POCUS)–
How far has prehospital point of care ultrasound come in the past year and, more importantly, where is it going next?
Congresswoman takes up fight to classify 911 operators as first responders–
Congresswoman Norma Torres, who previously worked as a 911 operator, wants to upgrade the status of 911 operators from clerical workers to first responders