Paramedic Chief – Spring 2017

The future of EMS is in applying widely used consumer technology like touch screens, high-definition video, collision avoidance, live video capture and streaming and cloud-based, secure data storage to improve patient assessment, care and documentation. This issue of Paramedic Chief features articles on the challenges of and lessons learned from several important innovations. Inside the issue, you can read about: Designing and delivering virtual instructor-led training … Continue reading Paramedic Chief – Spring 2017

The paradox of potentially predatory publications

An article on a statewide MIH program in Florida is making the rounds within EMS trade journals.  EMS World and JEMS have both already covered it.  I was asked by EMS1‘s Editor-in-Chief to cover it, but given a variety of misgivings that I had about the integrity of the article it was decided to let sleeping dogs lie. But that’s why I started my own website. Article … Continue reading The paradox of potentially predatory publications

Concealed Carry in Kansas: Experts Respond

A Kansas law, which became effective on July 1, 2016, makes it legal for firefighters and EMS personnel to have a concealed carry weapon while on duty. The only exception is for school zones or private buildings specifically marked or designated as ‘gun free.’ Public employers, such as city and county governments, cannot prohibit their employees from carrying on duty. We asked EMS1 columnists to react … Continue reading Concealed Carry in Kansas: Experts Respond

2016 EMS Trend Report: Expert Analysis

I was included in a panel of experts that were asked to respond to questions on the 2016 EMS Trend Report published by Fitch & Associates in coorperation with EMS1 and NEMSMA. Read the other responses here.    1. Which State of EMS 2016 finding surprised or interested you most?  Two things stood out to me. First, almost half of the organizations were able to implement hypothermia protocols, … Continue reading 2016 EMS Trend Report: Expert Analysis

Writing Q & A

Writing is a strangely individualistic sport. As such it requires a certain level of personal reflection on what works and what doesn’t.  In an effort to not utterly bias my recent EMS1 article on the topic, I decided to poll a handful of writers beyond myself (CC) to see what works for them. You can read more about each of them here: Raphael M. Barishansky (RB) Ari … Continue reading Writing Q & A

AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting 2016

This was my third time attending AcademyHealth‘s Annual Research Meeting (ARM), but it was my first time feeling like I wasn’t lost in the crowd.  For a conference with nearly 3000 attendees who all like looking at how healthcare works, it can be hard to find where you belong. My current conference modus operandi – I love the plenary sessions, I don’t go to paper sessions unless I … Continue reading AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting 2016

EMS Protocols

Kelly Grayson of Ambulance Driver Files recently penned an article on EMS1 regarding the “protocol paradox” which he defines as: “The more restrictive your agency’s protocols are, the more likely it is necessary to deviate from them, and the more likely that agency is to punish harshly for such deviations.” Mr. Grayson makes some extremely valid points about the utility of protocols within EMS.  While he supports the use … Continue reading EMS Protocols

ALS vs. BLS Research

Dr. Sanghavi has managed to, yet again, create quite a storm within EMS circles. For those of you that don’t recognize her name, she is the same researcher that brought us last November’s  much criticized “Outcomes After Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Treated by Basic vs Advanced Life Support”within JAMA Internal Medicine.  This time, she has published “Outcomes of Basic Versus Advanced Life Support for Out-of-Hospital Medical Emergencies” within the … Continue reading ALS vs. BLS Research

EMS Pay Debate

A recent debate on EMS pay has erupted after Mr. Sean Eddy of Medic Madness wrote “5 Reasons Why EMS Doesn’t Deserve Higher Pay” on Uniform Stories.  To say the EMS industry has reacted as he expected would be par for the course. First, I agree with most of his five points, however I fundamentally disagree with his method of dispersing said opinions and the slants with which … Continue reading EMS Pay Debate