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EMS Pay Sucks!! (part 3) – Who or What is at fault here!?

Welcome back to the Life Under the Lights Bar and Grille – This is the third installment of my EMS Pay Sux!! Series of articles. This one calls every argument you’ve ever heard on this issue “crap” and lays out three simple problems that we must tackle to solve our problem sooner, rather than later.

EMS Pay Sucks!! Part 2 – Identifying the problem

Part two in my audience participation exercize entitled “EMS Pay Sucks!! Let’s DO something about it!” – This post is written for general audiences and states what exactly the problem is: The way we compensate EMS professionals in this country is despicable…

EMS Pay Sucks! Let’s do something about it

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I’ll be kicking EMS compensation squarely in the butt over the next few posts due to the fact that I’m mad as heck and I don’t plan on taking it anymore. Here’s the introduction and some pre-reading.

Swinging a Sledgehammer and Thinking about the UK… Strange times

Good news! I’m embarking on a journey of self discovery! Wait.. no I’m not. I’m doing construction work! Aren’t I supposed to be um, like… doing Paramedic type stuff? Hmmm… what would Mark Glencourse do?

Request for ideas on a problem – Can we be paid enough already?

Can we get paid enough already? I’d sure like to, but I don’t have the answers. Here are some thoughts… but no magic bullets. Care to help?

Patient Handoffs from EMS to the ER, a Fictional Case Study (not a rant)

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I made up a scenario about the handover of care from EMS to ER staff. I ranted a bit… but I’m sure that there’s NEVER any problems like the one I MADE UP here. Any ER nurses out there want to comment?

Dear State of Illinois EMS…

State of Illinois EMS… We have to have a little talk. Can we save our relationship?

Sunday Randomness – Some EMS Pet Peeves

My Sunday Randomness seems to have devolved into a rant about some of my pet peeves in EMS. There’s some old crusty complaints in there, I know… but every dang one of them will improve your care.

Oh no you didn’t…

Really? Did you just?? Oh come on now… you don’t really think?? Seriously… Did you really just call me an “Ambulance Driver”? An Ambulance Driver? Oh come on… Four years of college level classes, hundreds upon hundreds of hours of continuing educations, a veritable alphabet soup of certification acronyms behind my name, and this nifty […]

The DNT Order??

Tonight I would like to take a few moments to hit on what is one of my top-ten all-time use-a-lot-of-dashes-in-between pet-peeves in EMS and probably in health care in general. It’s the “DNT” or “Do not Treat” order. It might just as well be called the “DNC” or “Do Not Care” order, or “Do Not […]

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