I’ve been having a number of jabs on Facebook (2 or 3 comments in 2 or more places) about the all too common intoxicated patient. There are those in our ranks who believe they have the ability to determine when a person is “just drunk” implying that no assessment is required. We need to make […]Read more
Should Response Times Matter? A discussion with Medic SBK
I’ve been discussing THIS story with good friend and fellow EMS 2.0 believer Scott Kier on the book of faces. Since I can not mention the Department name here, just read the story and come back. Disclosure: I am a trained Firefighter/Paramedic. I am a second generation Firefighter. I am a card carrying member of […]Read more
As many calls as I’ve shared in this forum, there are still those that won’t make the cut. Not because they’re “gruesome” or “funny” or even filled with heroic actions or memorable scenery, but because of the little things. Little things that are mine and mine alone. Frozen moments in time that impact me to […]Read more
This is a phrase I see a lot in my line of work. There are a number of variations including another favorite “seizure, coma, death” that are designed to cover the hind quarters of the author in some half cracked attempt at documentation. For you folks out there who will swear up one side and […]Read more
In all the EMS debates over BLS vs ALS, evidence based vs anecdotal, public vs private is the real reason we do what we do. I like to say that we make bad days better. More often than not we ride the bench. Sometimes we get the grand slam in the bottom of the ninth […]Read more
Being back in the field is a wonderful thing. The smell of week old urine on a regular, the thrill of getting the line on the recus patient and even just sitting in the buggy at a street corner catching up on QA. But I was not prepared for what happened today. THE EMREGENCY A […]Read more
It is no surprise that anyone working in the Fire Department who hates EMS is in for a rough career. I have met many a “Basic for Life” who groans everytime the bells ring and it is not a fire. Some even groan at building alarms. I was talking with a colleague recently and we […]Read more
Eli Beer formed an all volunteer First Aid/EMS group when he was 17. In the process of developing the program he volunteered on an ambulance and was always upset when they would get stuck in traffic. Eli attributed his dying patients’ demise on the extended response time and wanted to do more for them in […]Read more
Response Time or Patient Outcomes – How do you measure your EMS system?
I know it’s been quite around these parts lately but a recent article caught my attention this morning. High Performance EMS posted “Does Response Time Matter?” and it got me thinking. The author states an example of a patient being “treated” by fellow citizens at an airport and having to wait 20 minutes for an […]Read more
You got WHAT stuck in a bowling ball?
In my memoirs of EMS (Working title – My Life in CQI: Kill me now, just document it properly) some calls will stand above all others. This, sadly, is not one of mine, but from a friend overseas. No, not Mark. I got an email about a curious rescue his agency was called to and […]Read more