Michael Touchstone, BS, EMT-P

Michael Touchstone, BS, EMT-P

Michael Touchstone, BS, EMT-P, is chief of EMS training for the Philadelphia Fire Department. He has been involved in EMS since 1980 as an EMT, paramedic and instructor. Contact him at m-touch@comcast.net.

EMS managers need to know the difference between delegating and assigning tasks
A concluding summary of Swick's qualities of medical professionalism applied to EMS providers
EMS providers can benefit by considering and contemplating their call decisions and activities
EMS providers face complexity and uncertainty every day
Committing to scholarship in EMS involves always learning and striving to better ourselves through reading, speaking, conference attendance and more.
Committing to excellence in EMS involves doing the best we can, keeping up with science, pursuing vehicle safety, and doing things the right way.
Accountability in EMS involves adherence to law, standards and ethics and a transparent commitment to identify our own shortcomings
Professionalism in EMS requires demonstration of core humanistic values such as atruism and empathy, respect for others and trustworthiness.
Key values like honesty, integrity, caring and compassion help EMS providers and organizations deliver better care
As EMS practitioners, we act in response to society’s needs and in acknowledgment of a contract with our communities
What is moral and ethical behavior, and how can EMS providers practice it?
What values does professionalism in EMS entail?