What Is Your Non-Emergency Percentage?

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medicsmalefemaleDuring this weeks Office Hours Jim, Josh and Dave talk about the never ending flow of non-emergency calls and how that can numb us as EMS providers. It’s important not get complacent and to properly assess each patient. However don’t you think that the crying wolf we deal with in EMS can easily make us fall into just what these patients sometimes perceive us as – A “taxi ride” to the hospital.

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Talking About EMS Call Reports, Refusals and Ebola

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ambulance1MMThis weeks episode discusses EMS call reports, omitting details, refusals and CYA. Jim, Josh and Dave also divulge the number of Ebola patients they have come in contact with and Jim was surprised that Dave had 5X as many as Josh. Take a listen and leave your EMS call report thoughts below.

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Why Does EMS Have Such A High Turnover?

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EMS1  Is EMS the stepping stone to other professions? Do providers leave EMS to pursue better career options when they find so few in EMS. Sometimes its not about pay. Its can be about career movement, job satisfaction and options for the long haul. Are teaching and supervisory positions the only rungs in the ladder?

This week we had two guests join us from the EMS Flight and RN fields and the discussion went to everything from education and pay to what may be most important of all – action.

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Event Motivated Training | Frequent Flyers In The ICU

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AUDIO4For this second part of the live show we talk about how training motivated by events like 9/11 slowly fade into the background. Dave also talks about the frequent flyer and non emergency 911 calls we get that were shown in one private study to be admitted to the ICU 25% of the time.

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Is The 9/11 Memorial Too Commercial?

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911MWith the anniversary of 9/11 tomorrow. Hosts Jim, Dave and Josh had a bit of a discussion about the Memorial itself. Mainly how many feel it is designed to earn revenue more than anything else. That can be hard to argue with the high price of entry, t-shirt sales and offerings of statue of liberty miniatures and jewerly designs.

Have you been to the Memorial? What do you think? Is it too costly and does the sale of tourist items lessen the meaning of this place of remembrance?

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You can see the 9/11 Memorial website here.

 

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Using Time To Guide EMS Patient Care

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goldenhouremsEarly in EMS education we are presented with the idea that “time” is a factor in much of what we do. Golden Hours, Platinum Ten Minutes, Time is Muscle etc.

While some of these can help us with our treatment and transport decisions, have you ever wondered or questioned if they are getting in the way of patient care?

As EMS providers we bring much of the Emergency Department to the patient. Even more so we are expected to provide certain levels of care to our patients prior to delivery to these ED’s.

I am sure that you have been questioned or made to feel like less of a provider when you don’t provide certain aspects of care. Even when it was due to trying to follow dictated “time” constraints that are expected and may have been in the patients better interest to transport rather than perform a skill prior to arrival at the ED.

So what do you think? Are these time markers valuable to us as providers or helpful?

Do we end up focusing too much on them and not on what is best for the patient?

Join David, Jim, Josh and caller Donald for this episode as we discuss this and other popular EMS topics.

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Stressful EMS Calls | The Pucker Factor

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medicsmalefemaleMany calls we run in EMS are pretty basic. Easy assessments, uneventful transports. However we do actually run emergency calls. The critical pediatric, major trauma, police officer down, firefight down etc.

These call types can rapidly increase our anxiety levels and give us the “pucker factor” no one wants to experience.

If you really think about though, these are not always the calls that give us that anxiety and increase our performance as EMS professionals.

Take a listen to this episode to see what I mean. This is the second half of the live show recorded August 10th. Be sure to Like and Share this one and to leave us some feedback and comments on ITunes at http://emsseo.com/itunes

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It’s All About Scene Safety Until It’s Not

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EMS1Ever get to the EMS call and find the door slightly open and no one is answering? What do you do? Does your decision to enter or not depend on the type of call? Does your agency have a written guideline for this scenario?

Lots of questions for what can be a very common occurrence in EMS. While the answers may very black and white on paper, as providers and EMS professionals we can struggle with safety vs. potential patient needs or outcomes.

Listen to this episode and be sure to comment below and what you would do in these situations and what drives your decisions.


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Treating From The Sidelines | EMS Perception

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EMS1This episode we discuss a recent video where EMS providers in NYC are shown with a patient in police custody who ended up dying. More importantly we talk about the all the Monday Morning Quarterbacks that have judged and sentenced these providers with knowing the full story, including local politicians and other EMS governing bodies.

We also talk about the perception in EMS with videos like this one and how that perception is damaged even more with countless FaceBook posts and comments.

This week is the second half of the live show from July 27 with Jim , Josh and Dave Brenner  along with guest caller Donald as they try and give their views on the topic.

Read this post by The Social Medic and see part of the video here.

 

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I Love The Way You Talk | The Language Of EMS

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man-discuss-01EMS has a language of it’s own. Have you ever tried talking to someone outside of EMS about a call you had, the way you do things at work or even explaining how a protocol works? They usually get confused, don’t understand or it’s just too much and they don’t care.

They may even think you are cold or uncaring based on a story you may tell or frustration you described from a call.

This week Jim and Josh are joined by Donald E. and talk about this language and why we do it, how it helps us cope and if we should even bring outsiders into our little inside stories.

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