Over the last few days since Iíve been putting some posts up on EMS 2.0 thereís been quite a buzz circulating around the blogosphere. From this vantage point, it seems like weíre building some momentum to the movement and that is really exciting for a medic like me whose spent the better part of his career dreaming about how to change this thing we call the Emergency Medical Services.
I call EMS 2.0 the maturation of EMS out of the adolescent trade phase and into a grown-up profession. I look at it as the way to reinvent EMS from the ground-up, coming to you†as an EMS provider who has been in the trenches, started a blog, and then all of a sudden thought that maybe, just maybe, he could get everyone collaborating to find real solutions to our issues and change EMS into what we all know it can be.
I didnít coin the phrase, Happy Medic†did. I donít own the movement, we all do. I am proud to be a part of it though. I think that by collaborating on true, constructive ideas we can really get some things done.
And thatís why I write about it, because if we bring our ideas to the table in a constructive manner, we might be able to work out the kinks, really explore the complexities of the issues we face, and make some concrete progress.
EMS today faces a lot of issues. These issues are as complex as they are numerous and they add up to be a daunting task to overcome. Iíve had many conversations over the years with EMS people I respect who tell me that none of my ideas can be accomplished.
I say that if these issues were easy, weíd have fixed them by now. I say that no journey worth taking or goal worth obtaining is ever easy and that just because our goals are elusive they are no less valuable to our mission.
Since this new web site is pulling in a lot of new traffic me, Iíd like to refer you all to some of my older posts. Iíd also like to join with Happy Medic†and say that EMS 2.0 is an open source development. Please participate. EMS has been controlled for too long by interests outside of the profession. We are not subservient to any other discipline, be it healthcare or public safety. Our mission is best served when we work towards our own goals.
No, that wasnít a thinly veiled attack on any EMS delivery model. I believe in ďEMS based EMSĒ and I will call out any service that I see not delivering their EMS with the patient fully in mind. If youíre a hospital based service that thinks keeping your paramedics working in the ER is more important than placing them adequately on the street, I disagree. If you are a fire-based service that emphasizes FIREFIGHTER/ambulance Jockeys over Paramedic/Firefighters I disagree as well. I can keep going, but the idea is set.
So, to all of my new readers, first off, Thank You for coming here. I hope that I can be useful and entertaining for you. Hopefully I can learn from you as you post in the comments section. You all are awesome. Iíd like to facilitate the conversation, and help everyone to run with their collaborative ideas. I believe that the EMS Blogosphere, and our community here on www.fireemsblogs.com is the most energizing force for EMS that Iíve seen in my career. Iím honored to be a part of it.
Iíd run this longer, but Iíve been posting a ton of long comments today on my usual buddy bloggerís sites and on the sites whom Iím sure are going to become my new buddy bloggerís sites. Here they are:
Here are some posts that Iíve made on the topic over a while:
Or just click here, to go to a search page on the volume that Iíve written on EMS 2.0