EMS Squadcast: Response Times & Drug Shortages

EMS Squadcast: Response Times & Drug Shortages

Podcast Jan 25, 2013

EMS Squadcast host Tim Perkins broadcasts from the EMS World Expo 2012, held October 31–November 2 in New Orleans, LA. In this second episode he chats with Matt Zavadsky, director of public affairs for Medstar Mobile Healthcare in Ft. Worth, TX, about response times, the drug shortage and Matt's recent column for EMSWorld.com.

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Tim Perkins has been in EMS for more than 20 years. He started as a teenager at a rural volunteer fire department in Central New York, got his paramedic education in Baltimore, and has worked as an administrator in the Syracuse, NY, and Richmond, VA, areas. Tim has also been a frequent contributor to EMS World Magazine since 2005 and is a member of the editorial advisory board.

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