Expanding Our Reach

Expanding Our Reach

By Nancy Perry Jan 03, 2012

Over the last few weeks, I’ve had the history of the EMS profession at my fingertips, having spent that time in an office filled to the brim with the EMS World Magazine archives. (That’s 390 issues if you’re counting.) My mission: to select covers for our 40th anniversary section in the January 2012 issue.

For an editor, thumbing through back issues is like visiting old friends. Articles you forgot you wrote awaken your memories, photos that evoked strong emotions years ago touch you all over again. Editors are also like mothers; we have our favorites. For me, the article I am most proud to have produced was the May 1998 cover report Expanded-Scope Practice: EMS at the Crossroads of Care, authored by Colorado educator Denis Meade. Back in the day, expanded-scope practice (ESP) was a hot topic of discussion in EMS, a precursor to the current model of community paramedicine. It was exciting to present ESP as the next step in the EMS continuum of care, as it promised to save thousands, while providing patients with essential services.

Fast-forward to today and you can sense the same excitement when you talk to EMS providers involved in developing community paramedic (CP) programs. “The options and potential use of CPs are limited only by the creativity of the EMS provider and healthcare organizations in a community,” wrote Scott Tomek in his recent EMSWorld.com editoral Is Community Paramedicine the Next Step for EMS?

Community paramedicine is a viable career path for paramedics and one that also promises to maximize our ever-shrinking healthcare dollars. Over the next few months we will profile a CP program in Boise, ID, from inception to implementation, as we continue our commitment to provide mission-critical information for the next 40 years!

EMS personnel, their colleagues in healthcare and public safety, and the public are encouraged to provide input on the proposals outlined in the Straw Man document regarding the future of EMS.
The StethoSafe is a patent pending case that greatly extends the life of a stethoscope by quickly and easily protecting the head of a stethoscope.
First responders from around the country gathered to participate in a water rescue training program despite some of the instructors being deployed to hurricanes Harvey and Irma rescue efforts.
The First Responders-Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act Grant will provide training and other resources to assist paramedics, law enforcement and health workers to prevent and treat opioid addiction.
The Department of Health granted $300,000 to the San Bernardino to purchase a mobile Class B fire simulator to replace the decade-old one.
About 70,000 people were still without power due to Irma before Maria made contact with the island, and experts are predicting 175mph wind gusts and flash flooding during the worst of the storm.
The quake ironically struck on the anniversary of a 1985 earthquake that killed thousands of people in Mexico City.
Since 1975, Crestline has firmly established itself as a trusted industry leader and innovative manufacturer of high quality products in the Specialty Vehicle industry.
Dominica was hit by 155mph winds, causing flooding and structural damage, and is expected to grow stronger before hitting the Virgin Islands already devastated by Hurricane Irma.

A bus driver with a record of drunk driving crashed into another bus after speeding through an intersection in Queens, New York City, resulting in 3 deaths and multiple seriously injured patients. 

The new devices replace aging ones, allowing paramedics to provide better patient care and communicate more efficiently with the hospital.
With a nationwide rise in active shooter and MCI scenarios, Broward County is bolstering the protection of its firefighter-paramedics.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded an additional $144.1 million in grants to prevent and treat opioid addiction in support of President Trump’s commitment to combat the opioid crisis.
The guidelines were created as a resource to be used or adapted for use on a state, regional or local level to enhance patient care.
NIOSH and NHTSA offer a new fact sheet based on recent research.