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!

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A portion of ticket sales will help fund the monument in Keansburg, which will feature a piece of a steel beam from the World Trade Center.
The AAA honored SCCAD's efforts in combating the opioid epidemic with a 2017 AMBY Award in the category of Community Impact Program.
The funds will benefit organizations along the Hudson River such as Rockland Paramedic Services, Nyack Hospital, and Maternal Infant Services Network.
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Doctors participating in Minnesota's Medicaid program could face warnings and even removal from the program if they exceed the new dosage limit for more than half of their patients.
The unique intelligence system delivers verified terror alerts within two minutes of a terror threat or attack anywhere in the world.
Over 100 EMS, fire and police personnel participated in a large-scale active shooter training event at Pechanga Resort & Casino.
Tristan Meadows, leader for the campus group Students for Opioid Solutions, presented a bill to the UND School Senate to purchase 50 Narcan kits.
The LBKAlert system alerts community members through call, text or email notifications of emergency events and instructions on what actions to take to protect themselves.
Dispatchers at New Bern Police Department's communications center are now allowed to provide pre-arrival medical instructions to 9-1-1 callers.
Christopher Hunter, MD, discusses the medical response after the Pulse Nightclub attack and how comparing our experience to available evidence will improve understanding of the approach to an active shooter and mass fatality event.
The Wapello County Public Health Office will be distributing 12 Lifepak defibrillators to public locations to increase survival rates for heart attack and cardiac arrest victims.
AMR's Home for the Holidays program provides free rides to at least 40 patients in assisted living facilities to transport them to their loved ones.