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10 pivotal events in EMS in 2023

Which event will have the biggest impact on EMS? Cast your vote

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Buffalo Bills players react as Damar Hamlin is examined during the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Monday, Jan. 2, 2023, in Cincinnati.

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A series of pivotal events occurred in 2023 that are reshaping the landscape of prehospital care. From heart-pounding moments on the NFL field, to the shocking release of bodycam footage that led to murder charges against EMTs, some moments will have a lasting impact on the industry.

This year has been marked by challenges and transformations, from courtroom battles that scrutinized medical errors, to the premature end of ET3, to the evolving science of active shooter response.

At the end of a year filled with challenges, changes and opportunities for growth, take a moment to reflect on the biggest events of 2023 and cast your vote on which will have the biggest impact on the future of EMS.

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Top stories of 2023
When Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin collapsed on the field in cardiac arrest, he received out-of-hospital BLS and ALS care from team personnel and EMS before transport to the hospital
The claim has prompted Town Council to rethink the contract with the Hermon Volunteer Rescue & First Aid Squad
The 35-year-old man died from compressional and positional asphyxia, which a coroner said was a result of being placed face down on a stretcher
The science of active shooter response is relatively new; is there a better model?
Mayor Adams’s plan gives app-based delivery workers $19.96 an hour, $1.02 more than an EMT’s starting pay
Turning frustration into action as the end of ET3 puts a wrench in treatment in place, alternate destinations
A patient stabbed a Mount Sinai EMT several times in the leg, chest and arm
Legislation focuses on extending Medicare coverage for ambulance services
Focusing on observed behavior will help protect both the individuals needing assistance and the officers responding to the situation
Aurora paramedics Jeremy Cooper and Lt. Peter Cichuniec each face criminally negligent homicide and other charges

Vote for the most impactful EMS event in 2023