Building a foundation.
A comment I got on my last post – EMS 2.0 – Momentum Building – from Timothy Clemans has inspired me to write this post. He stated that EMS should develop our set of core beliefs. Click over to go read it, and then please come back because this is a participatory event.
Second Edit: I didn’t finish writing this as soon as I wanted to, and Ambulance Driver got out a post I want to answer, but yesterday and most of today have been blogging days off. So expect my answers to the issues raised by our respected friend AD
What should we state are the core beliefs of the “EMS 2.0 Movement” as it’s being called now on Twitter, Google Groups, and as I’m sure by the time I get this finished, all over the interwebs? What are our core beliefs, the truths we hold to be self evident? What are our virtues and our rallying cry to fend off the slings and arrows that are sure to be launched at our group as we sally forth to set right what we see wrong in EMS today?
Here’s the deal, I’m from the country. I love country music (Yea? So?) and one of the songs I like is from INSERT NAME OF ARTIST HERE. In it, the HE sings “You’ve got to stand for something or you’ll fall for anything”. I believe in that. It actually shapes my political beliefs quite a bit. Here’s why, there is so much happening out there that one single human being cannot possibly keep up with it and form a coherent opinion on everything. Even if you tried, you’d still be basing some opinions on some shoddy reasoning and incomplete information. This is why I pay more attention to what I believe as a person. I have tried to develop my sense of right and wrong, and use that as a filter to determine whether a belief is good or bad.
That’s what we should do with EMS 2.0, in my opinion as someone who writes about it as a concept and yearns for change in my profession. We should develop our core beliefs and possibly a statement of our mission and use them as a filter to determine our stance and actions to take as we move forward. They must be general, universally acceptable, and applicable to a broad range of circumstance.
They should be the ethical standards that guide our progress.
And no, they cannot come directly from me and they will not be easy to implement. They must be collaborative and engaging to as many people as possible in order to have broad appeal and effectiveness.
So here’s what I’m going to do:
I’m going to write my thoughts on them, and my recommendations on what I think they should be. I ask you to comment on what I’ve written and add your own thoughts. If you have a blog, please link to any posts you’ve posted. Please join the Google Groups and follow EMS2Movement, (and ME too!) on Twitter. Participate and grow this. If we can harness the thoughts, feelings, and ideas of the multitude of EMS people out there from across the nation and the world, we’ve really got something here.
EMS is truly on the brink of something very exciting. Yes, I know you’ve heard that before and you have your doubts about whether anyone can actually do anything to fix what you see as being wrong with the profession. I say that EMS has never had what it has now, we have never had the EMS blogosphere and online communities bringing forth cooperative and collaborative voices in such a powerful way as now. Through our efforts we can bring positive change. We can set the tone and the direction for our profession to follow and set forth to improve emergency care for everyone.
It will be a long road, but through cooperation and collaboration, we can start the journey together.
And that’s powerful stuff.
Proposed Mission Statement for EMS 2.0 – By: Chris Kaiser (Ckemtp)
“EMS 2.0 is the common name for a group of interested professionals within the Emergency Medical Services that strive for excellent and ever improving patient care within our communities. We will work to establish guidelines for EMS professional education, common licensure and certification standards, evidenced based medical care protocols, and professional ownership of EMS by paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians. We will establish strategies for improving compensation and working conditions for our fellow professionals as well as strategies for increasing our service level to individual communities in the face of dwindling resources and revenue by developing new services and revenue streams for our industry. Our focus will be intentionally broad and collaborative and will serve to encompass the spectrum of well thought and tested ideas through research, communication, and self-regulation of our profession.”
Proposed “Core Beliefs” for EMS 2.0 – By Chris Kaiser (Ckemtp)
- Emergency Medical Care is a right, not a privilege for those members of our society truly experiencing a life threatening emergency. Communities must fund EMS as they would fund any other essential public service.
- EMTs and Paramedics are members of a profession serving the most basic of human needs and the most diverse of all patient populations. We must attain the tools necessary to serve our mission through education and flexibility.
- EMS providers must seek out new educational opportunities and work within regulatory systems to allow new knowledge to be translated to our care.
I’ll add more later. What are your ideas?