Limiting Patient Choices During Call Overload

When people call 911 and then request transport to a specific hospital. Should EMS honor that request? 

Or should we transport to the closest appropriate facility based on the patients signs, symptoms and our suspected clinical picture of the patient?

In NYC they have attempted to take away the choice of facility for a patient  due to the call volume and hospital overloading from COVID

Specifically when people are calling for non emergency reasons and just want
a trip to the ED for minor issues or are looking for a COVID test to be done.

This week on the show Jim and Dave talk about this policy and also discuss
how we can be prepared for MCI’s and being the Incident Commander when no one wants  the job.

Plus we answer a listener question about being a new paramedic and overcoming stress.

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Using Filtered Oxygen Masks In EMS

This episode of the show we are joined by Dr Paul Louis who has created a new device to help keep healthcare professionals safe when treating patients during a respiratory pandemic. 

Check out the Aerosoless Medical website here

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The Response To COVID Effects On EMS

After watching a video news article on the FDNY response to EMS members and their struggles with mental health during the COVID 19 Pandemic. We decided to talk about the lack of support that seems to be offered to EMS professionals after events like COVID.

Is this anything new? The mentality of suck it up and keep going seems to be business as usual. But the environments that EMS are facing these days is anything but.

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