EMS MCI Preparation

EMS After a short break for Memorial Day, Josh and Jim are back to discuss a topic that in the past may not have been at the forefront of our EMS list.

Discussing the recent JEMS issue and EMS preparedness, we talk about how it can pay off and why more than ever preparation can be the key to patient survival and provider safety. Guest caller Walter Dusseldorp of the Hudson Valley Paramedic Association made this a very interesting episode.

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Do We Need Better Cross Training?

Skills5Ever think EMS should do more cross training with our law enforcement and fire counterparts or vice versa?

It can be hard to know what is expected of us at fire scenes, crime scenes and accidents. I am sure it is just as frustrating to police and fire when they don’t know what we expect or need from them on our calls.

Better inter agency training can certainly help alleviate confusion and make us appear much more in tune with each other to the public as well.

Thanks to my special guest Rommie Duckworth who is filling in for Josh for this episode and to John Broyles for holding it down in the chat room.



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Should EMS Add Chest Tubes To The Toolbox?

EMS Chest tubes in EMS? Maybe we should stick with what we know here. What do you think? Is your agency doing them or thinking about it?

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Did they tell you about that? EMS surprises

You’re an EMS provider. You’ve listened to your instructor, supervisor, FTO and anyone else who can give you that insight into the world of EMS right?  But did they ever tell you about certain things you will see, be asked to use or be prepared to act on?  At what point does it become your responsibility to know about these surprises? Take a listen as Josh Knapp and I discuss this along with the Chat room.



Show notes:

Free webinar replay of  “In The Field: Patients With Implanted Pacers and ICD’s”

 

 

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National Curriculum, EMS Titles and Hurdles

New titles and changes in EMS levels present some challenges to EMS. Some states are leaving certain level names as is, some are adding another level. These changes also present a challenge to the volunteers in EMS and funding available.

Shouldn’t every state adopt what the National Curriculum has presented? Is this a death knoll to the volunteer system or a chance for them to embrace and meet the changes that look to improve the EMS profession?

Take a listen to this session an give your point of view on the EMS transitions.


Show Notes

Thanks to Tim and Bob for joining us and lending their insight.

Tim Noonan at Rogue Medic

Bob Sullivan at EMS Patient Perspective

Josh Knapp over at WANTYNU

Article mention at The Happy Medic is here

Check out the blog post mentioned during the show by Kelly Grayson here

Thanks to John Br for joining in the chat. Check out his podcast over at 1-Union-801

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Your Thoughts On Arming EMS?

This week there was no live podcast.  I did want to highlight one post we did back in February that I think is worth revisiting a little. The link is below. Be sure to post your comments and or tips.

Click here to listen to Arming of EMS.

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The Reality Of Geriatrics In EMS

Ahh yes, the drive to be an EMT. The car wrecks, shootings, heart attacks and cardiac arrests. But once you have that nice EMT card you quickly realize that most of what you are doing are geriatric patients. All with a wide variation of illnesses, history and medication lists long enough to fill way more than that little space on your chart allows.

So I ask you, did you expect that part of EMS? Have you embraced it yet? If not you should. It’s not going to change and it’s certainly not going to get any better. Be sure to jump in on this episode and share your thoughts on this topic.


Show notes:

Thanks to Rommie Duckworth for joining me in Josh’s absence. Check Rom out at Rescue Digest and follow him on Twitter at @romduck

Great input as well from David Aber of EMS Difference. Follow Dave on Twitter at @emsdifference

Watch the Geriatric presentation from the EMS Web Summit here

Get information on the GEMS course here

Find out about the AMLS course by clicking here

 

 

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Assessing EMS Patient Assessment

Patient assessment in EMS is pointed to as the key ingredient with our patient contacts. Yet how much time is really spent on this in class? Things like the importance of reassessment, differential diagnosis and treatments. We seem to have this pride of ABCDE, DCAP, BTLS and knowing it, sticking to primary and secondary surveys. But what about really knowing what we are looking for and identifying true emergencies instead of fitting patients into protocols? Check out this episode, share your patient assessment tips and tell us your indoctrination into “patient assessment”.

Thanks to Bob Sullivan for dropping by with his thoughts. Loved the “treat every question as if it may be the last one you get to ask” tip.




Show notes:

Greg Friese article “Patient Assessment: A non-linear process” and comments at EMS1.com

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Follow Bob over on Twitter he is @emsptperspect

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Does EMS Need All These Certification Levels?

EMS seems to be always trying to find an identity. New guidelines on certification levels are out and some things have been removed, added etc. Wouldn’t it be easier and make more sense to just do away with all these levels and make one primary level to build upon. One that actually helps patients and is a serious part of the health care process? Listen in and find out.



Show notes:

Russell Stine – HyrbridMedic.com

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Getting Paid For What You Do In EMS

It’s a common complaint right? EMS doesn’t get paid enough. Arguments on education, training levels, license vs. certification. All trying to justify higher pay or why we don’t deserve it. Yet, where is the incentive if we don’t get paid just a little extra for some things we do now that seem to get lumped into our job descriptions. Listen to this discussion and share your experiences.


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