It is dangerous out there, no doubt about it. We have a responsibility to protect ourselves, our brothers and sisters and our patients from harm. The latest danger seems to me not to be carfentanil but paranoia. That's right, I'll call it "fentanyl analog paranoia." It's bad enough that widespread misinformation has made prehospital providers the poster children for misuse of nitrile gloves. Now, we're helping to spread ridiculous warnings about…Continue
Posted on August 18, 2017 at 11:41pm — 2 Comments
The mother of a 13-year-old girl gave me a wake-up call several weeks ago. After her daughter overdosed on heroin, her husband rushed home from work following a panic-stricken call. On the way, he passed an ambulance idling on a roadway several blocks from their home. That same ambulance later arrived to provide care but only after law enforcement appeared on scene. I knew exactly what the ambulance was doing--staging until the scene was safe. Trying to explain this protocol to the…Continue
Posted on August 31, 2016 at 1:00pm
E.V.E.N.T. or the EMS Voluntary Event Notification Tool is a reporting web site launched in 2012. Backed by a long list of prestigious supporters, EVENT was designed to accept anonymous reports of EMS safety concerns in an effort to improve safety across the EMS spectrum. The concept was similar to an airline safety system that accepted "near miss" reports from…Continue
Posted on April 28, 2016 at 7:57am
FDNY is the largest fire department in the United States and is a trendsetter. A recent report by the Citizens Budget Commission, a New York City watchdog organization puts some very interesting handwriting on the FDNY wall. The report, "Twenty Years Later: Integrating Services In The New York City Fire Department" reflects growing call volumes, steadily declining fires and ever…Continue
Posted on December 13, 2015 at 9:54am — 1 Comment
Having just weeded through a very large queue of FDIC 2016 speaker proposals, I thought I might share some tips and pearls for prospective conference speakers and presenters. Three times or more each year, I cull through speaker proposals, grading and selecting those I believe would best serve the needs of FDIC, EMS Today (our sister magazine "JEMS" annual conference) and Pulse Check (a small New York State EMS Conference). Some conferences limit the number of submissions, others don't. …Continue
Posted on July 10, 2015 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments
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