Adding More EMS To COVID-19 Response

With the healthcare profession under siege from the COVID-19 pandemic, we need more professionals providing care now.

But what is the best way to get providers out into the workforce? The NREMT made an attempt to get new providers out there but maybe just too weak of an attempt.

Are there better ways? Jim and guests talk about ways they think EMT’s and paramedics can be of use during this crisis.

Everything from reactivating retried members to rehiring past employees and perhaps putting providers in non essential areas of ED’s or ambulance departments.

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When EMS Response Overrides COVID-19 Dangers

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Dangers to EMS professionals increase, protocols for our response keep changing and the personal decision to potential exposure is becoming a reality some may not be able to ignore.

EMS provider age, previous medical conditions and even family situations are playing a bigger part each day.

This episode talks about provider response. Especially when it comes to age and past medical history. When our desire and passion to help others conflict with potential or obvious dangers, how do we decide what is right and what is safe?

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It’s Hard Being A New EMS Professional

When you are a new EMT or paramedic at an agency its hard. You don’t yet have your own “flow” just yet and you tend to fall back on your textbook type approach to patients.

While there is nothing wrong with that. You also must start to take cues from your experienced partners and co-workers. Beginning to understand and recognize critical patients more rapidly is key to your success in EMS as well as the outcome of the patients.

In this episode I am joined by Shannon Bright who is a paramedic at a large agency with a high turnover rate. This can be frustrating for both new providers and experienced ones like Shannon. They are required to rapidly recognize not just patient issues, but issues that are demanded by an agency like scene times, hospital times and responses.

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How EMS Gets To Deal With The Coronavirus

The spread and handling of Coronavirus patients and potential threat to providers is a serious and real. This episode highlights other coronavirus contacts and how EMS sometimes has to deal with this element of the job. This is a story of a patient claiming to have it and the patience and resources needed to handle an otherwise simple call.

 

 

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EMT Paramedic Clinical’s | Surviving Your Rotations

Quick podcast for EMT and paramedic students. Great tips on surviving ambulance rotations. Ideas on how to get the most from your experience.

 

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The Closing Of An Ambulance Service | MONOC

After over 40 years of providing EMS services in NJ. MONOC is closing it’s doors. You can read the official reasons behind this here.  

This episode I am joined by Michael Welsh. Make is a long time employee at MONOC and he gives his take on the closing and the challenges faced by himself and the other 200+ employees at the agency.

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Go here for the interview with Vince Robbins mentioned during this episode. 

Trying To Make Sense Of Community Paramedics

This week the crew talks about community paramedic programs. Do they work, are they for EMS and is there a better approach to handling 911 overload?

What’s your take?

 

 

 

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Who Drives Your Ambulance?

During this lively episode Jim, Dave and Josh discuss EMS staffing with an EMT/Driver, an EMS first as a new EMT and touch on effective CPR compression/depth ratio.

Yeah this one was a little scattered but hey, thats why it’s called Office Hours. Anything goes.

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EMS Firsts | Help By Sharing

This episode is the beginning of a series of shows focused on EMS firsts.
I hope to get more engagement as we go forward and get other EMS professionals on to share their stories of calls, partners, skills and exams.

By sharing we can help recognize our own struggles and pass on the lessons to those listening.

Check out the first episode below and the caller who struggles with the NREMT exam and her first child birth experience

Check out the NREMT interview mentioned in the show here.

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The Fine Line Of EMS Humor

OK, with a recent focus on a “sick & twisted” EMS Facebook page by local news, EMS sites and other pages. I decided to get on with Josh and talk about the dark humor in EMS.

While the Facebook page in question may have gone a bit too far. There is a line I think with this type of gallows humor and where it crosses is often up to the provider.

But there is a line and there is dark humor in EMS. If you don’t think there is or that it will go away, you’re not being honest and may have lost touch with the realities of EMS.

Take a listen to this weeks episode below.

We also talked about this back in 2012 along with some special guests. Check out this episode and see what’s changed if anything. That episode is here. 

Read the local news article on this here. 

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