When They Ask For A Doctor and You Show Up

EMS This is a great reboot session with Greg Friese and remember that EMS Boot Camp sessions can now be found at EMSSEO.com.
For this episode we ask: “Have you ever helped the man down, stopped at an MVA or even performed CPR while off duty?”

As EMS professionals we sometimes find ourselves in a position to act while off duty.
For this Office Hours Greg and Jim talked a little about doing just that. You never know when someone may call out “Is there a doctor in the house?”. You would probably be surprised that they would prefer an EMT anyway.

I would love to hear your off duty story. Share it below in the comments.

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Your EMS Experience Means Nothing

This week on the podcast Jim and Josh talk about a few EMS topics including active shooter training. The topic of having a degree in EMS, higher pay and the pie in the sky wishing of it all came up.

The idea that a college degree trumps your five, ten or more years of experience and how that is going to bring EMS from making $12, $13 or $14 dollars an hour to a pay scale matching the job we do with or without a degree is as always a hot topic.

Sure you won’t get rich in EMS and you shouldn’t expect too. But you should expect to pay your bills as much as you are expected to undergo continuous education, skills assessments, new equipment training, new drugs and protocols. All in the name of superior patient care and competent providers. But no so competent that we can tell people they don’t need an ambulance based on our assessments. Fair?

Heck EMT’s are being expected to perform 12 leads, give drugs, use advanced airways and that list is growing. Yet they have not earned a cent more an hour and most are making at or below minimum wage. Fair?

Spin the wheel as we go round again on this topic and take a listen below

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Reboot: Geriatrics, Customer Service And A Tale

medicsmalefemaleCheck out this great reboot of an episode with now EMS1.com’s Greg Friese telling a gruesome story (I’ll give you a hint “Q-Tip”).
It all started with a discussion on geriatric patients and being a good customer service EMS provider.

During this episode Ted Setla stopped in with info on the Feb 12th premiere of The Chronicles of EMS as well. This was back in 2010 but very worth watching even today.

This was a fast 30 minutes. Be sure to leave your comments below.


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Getting Refusals, Cameras and Perception

ems paramedic questionsIn this EMS Office Hours reboot we discussed if being an EMT really is the worst job, how someone’s camera may not put you in the best light and Tim Noonan joined us as we talked about refusals, hypoxia and true patient awareness.

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EMS Active Shooter Training

ambulance1MMThis week the hosts are joined by guest Thomas Calimano who discusses his experiences with active shooter training and how it relates to EMS. Tom gives some great insight into starting up an active shooter training program and some key elements to focus on.

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Why Checking The Ambulance Goes Beyond A Check Sheet

EMS1We all have to check the ambulance at the beginning of our shifts. Yes tedious, yes at times it makes you think why you have to look for the ring cutter or occlusive dressing every time. As if someone is moving them around each day playing a little game of EMS Concentration.

Take a listen to this weeks podcast and my take and some tips on the ambulance check off.

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Why EMS Dispatchers and Parents Fail Pediatric CPR

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This week on the podcast I interviewed Dr. Peter Antevy of Handtevy.com Pediatric Emergency Standards. This was a great session where Peter discussed:

  • Why dispatchers have a hard time rapidly providing CPR instructions for children
  • The power of reviewing all Pediatric (and adult) cardiac arrest audio tapes at your EMS agency
  • Why our brains are wired to become anxious during a pediatric call and how to overcome it.
    • System 1 & System 2 thinking

This episode is sure to shed some light on dealing with pediatrics in the field and how we can do better.

Check out Peters website at Handtevy.com. Great videos on some important pediatric skills and assessments.

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Maintaining Our Health As EMS Professionals

17emsofficeInterview with Dr. Jennifer Milus. Discussion on the health of EMS providers and how we can stay healthy and injury free in our fast paced environment.  This is a reboot from he old AT days and my fledgling podcast days.

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EMS Education With Bryan Bledsoe

dreamstime_1143206One of the original EMS interviews where Jim sits down with Dr. Bledsoe to discuss his views on topics like EMS education and it’s relation to the future of the EMS industry.

This is back when the fledging podcast was under a different name and I was very green in my abilities. But still a great session.

Take a listen and be sure to leave your comments below

About our guest:

Bryan E. Bledsoe, DO, FACEP, EMT-P

Dr. Bryan Bledsoe is an emergency physician and EMS author from Midlothian, Texas.  He entered EMS in 1974 as an EMT and attended one of the first paramedic programs in north Texas. Dr. Bledsoe worked for several years in Fort Worth as a paramedic and went on to become an EMS Instructor and Coordinator.  He is board-certified in emergency medicine.  Dr. Bledsoe is the author of numerous EMS textbooks including: Paramedic Care: Principles & Practice, Essentials of Paramedic Care, Paramedic Emergency Care, Prehospital Emergency Pharmacology, Anatomy and Physiology for Emergency Care, Critical Care Paramedic, and many others.  He is a frequent contributor to EMS magazines and presenter at national and international EMS conferences.  Dr. Bledsoe is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the George Washington University medical Center in Washington, DC. He co-chairs the Curriculum and Evaluation Board of the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) at MacDill AFB, Florida.

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What If Ambulance Service Was Gone….. Overnight

EMS1Think about. What if all of a sudden dozens of shifts and their personnel where no longer responding to emergencies?

Well, in this case it’s an not “if”. It’s more of a “it did” and a “why”.

Why did it happen, why wasn’t there warning and why wasn’t one of the largest providers of EMS to the public, FDNY better prepared.

Take a listen to this weeks podcast as Jim, Josh and Dave discuss the sudden bankruptcy of Transcare in NYC, how it took many by surprise including it’s employees and the FDNY.

 

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