Shifting the focus on provider safety

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Recent news headlines suggest that vehicular safety poses the greatest risk to the lives of EMS providers. While that may be true if the focus is solely on line-of-duty deaths, the majority of EMS deaths occur because of skewed priorities that are too rigorously focused on a single issue. As with any other improvement effort, there is no silver bullet to preventing the death or disability of EMS providers, but there is such a thing as silver buckshot. And while the process of solving can seem daunting, what begins with simple changes can add up to substantial outcomes…

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