Category Archives: EMS Management

The Normal Saline Shortage and the ALS Mindset

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In case you haven’t heard, the United States is running short of slightly salty water. Specifically we’re having an unprecedented shortage of 0.9% normal saline solution, the kind that is used as the most common intravenous fluid in every form of healthcare that puts needles into people’s veins. I don’t really know the reasons why […]

Pushing Down the Skills – Bringing New Tricks to BLS

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Pushing skills down to lower licensure levels has always been something that EMS has done. What skills should BLS providers have that they don’t currently have? Here’s my take on the debate.

EMS Providers Carrying Guns – A terrible idea

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Have you ever kept hearing people talk about a terrible, awful, no-good, very bad idea? I have been, and it needs to stop…

Vive la solidarité! Something we have in common with our French friends

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We might not be so different from our French EMS counterparts. Sure we’ve got contrasting systems of EMS delivery, but look at what we have in common. You might be shocked. I was.

Hangover Heaven? WHY ARE WE NOT DOING THIS!?!?

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Does a new business model invented in Las Vegas hold the key to ending EMS’s collective budget woes forever? It’s certainly something to look into. You have GOT to see this.

Coming Soon – The Law of Unintended Consequences meets the fire service

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Charging fees for fire service – Is it a good idea? Or could the hook and ladder become the corporate ladder due to capitalism?

Tripping at the Hospital – A Teachable Moment for EMS

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Have you ever been called to an emergency on the property of a hosptial? A case in Canada provides a teachable moment for our profession.

GPS in the Ambulance – An overreliance on Ms. Kitty

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Do you have a magical voice box on your dashboard that tells you where do go? Do lives depend on it?? Maybe you might want a backup plan.

The Houston Medicare Problem – Formulating Better Instructions on Paying for EMS

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Have you ever made one silly mistake in a formula and screwed up your whole database? No? Not a nerd, eh? Well look at what happened in Houston.

Get a Pulse, Get a Steak? Random Incentive

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An interesting incentive program idea for EMS people. Yeah, the idea needs work… but it’s freakin delicious.

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Chris Kaiser aka "Ckemtp"

I am a paramedic trying to advance the idea that the Emergency Medical Services can be made into the profession that we all want it, need it, and know it deserves to be.

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