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Susan Nicol

Susan Nicol is a member of the news team for EMS World.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Community paramedicine is one of the hottest topics in EMS these days. And, the National EMS Advisory Council has delved into the subject to discuss emerging issues. When…
What is the impact of fatigue on EMS providers and more important, the patients they treat? That’s one of the issues that National EMS Advisory Council (NEMSAC) members believe need to be…
It’s now time for EMS personnel across the country to weigh in on the National EMS Culture of Safety strategy. “This is a high-level strategy document,” explained Jeff Lucia, a…
"We need safety to permeate everything we do."    That's how Dr. Sabina Braithwaite sums up the reason for the National EMS Culture of Safety Strategy Conference held in late June. "…
When St. John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Missouri, took a direct hit by an F-5 tornado on May 23, staff and EMS crews quickly evacuated patients from the twisted, mangled structure. In 90…
On May 15, FICEMS officials responded to the White House on options for a lead federal agency for EMS. For the past few months, EMS officials and stakeholders from across the country have given their…
   For many years now, several summits have ended with one conclusion--the need for a federal EMS agency.    The White House has now asked for input, and requested that…
Responders at both small and large incidents can be exposed to any number of toxins that cause both short- and long-term health consequences. Some health-related issues may surface right away, while…
In early February, the National Fire Protection Association began reviewing comments on its proposed ambulance standards. "We received 1,785 comments. Several hundred, however, were copies addressing…
While ambulance crashes across the country kill and injure responders, patients and civilians annually, there is no central database to capture just how serious the issue is. There have been a…
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