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How bureaucrats are hampering EMS
Ways to achieve patient-handling excellence
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Ambulance crews assigned 72-hour shifts in NM
If someone needs help in Roswell, New Mexico, ambulance crews are there 24/7. But now the responders need help, and because of it some responders are working 72-hour shifts. The long shifts are to cover for the lack of full-time paramedics. One former worker believes public safety is at risk, but company officials said they're working hard to fix the problem. Mistakes are a concern
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Injured Texas medic: 'My ankle was grinded into the pavement'
A Texas medic recalls the moment an ambulance flipped on its side and onto his foot. Despite his serious injuries, Cody Muelker said his first concern was still his patient. (Image KWTX)
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Today's Top Stories:
'Hog-tying' death report faults Fla. medics: Report cites 9 'failures' that it says cumulatively may have led to man's death
Miss. hospital sues ambulance service over diverted patients: Some were 'falsely told' the unit did not have the specialists to care for them
 Video: Quick CPR saves life of cardiac arrest victim
 Officials introduce autism awareness training
 Residents outraged at firehouse 'monstrosity'
 Amtrak train collides with car in Calif., 1 killed
News Analysis:
Long hours, low pay: So what do we do?
By Art Hsieh, EMS1 Editorial Advisor
"Wanted: EMS providers to work for an ambulance service. Must be able to stay awake for long periods of time yet still function at peak efficiency. Must be able to work for low wages. No experience necessary." I'm sure this isn't how the service advertises for new staff. But unfortunately, reality usually overshadows good intentions. Why is the pay so low?
The Ambulance Driver's Perspective
How bureaucrats are hampering EMS
By Kelly Grayson, EMS1 Columnist
Not only can regulations not keep up, they're written by committees whose members never practiced in EMS or else traded direct patient care for a laptop many long years ago. When our profession is regulated by people who have never practiced it, it's up to us to educate them. Or better yet...
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First in Fitness
Ways to achieve patient-handling excellence
By Bryan Fass, EMS1 Columnist
"Safety" and "wellness" are the hot buzzwords across all public safety disciplines, and for good reason. With injury rates continuing to rise, wellness continuing to decrease and career longevity not lasting through to retirement, there is a problem. What is safety?
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20 more signs you're in EMS
By EMS1 Staff
If you've ever had reason to believe that your patient is demonically possessed or hear the phrase "I love you" more from the town drunks than you do from your significant other, it seems like you have a dose EMS-itis. Caffeine IV drip
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