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Valerie Amato, NREMT

Valerie Amato is EMS World's Assistant Editor. Reach Val at vamato@emsworld.com.

In this three-part series, EMS World examines medical errors and preventable harm in prehospital and in-hospital settings. Medical errors are preventable events caused by procedural or…
Does your agency use mechanical CPR? If so, tell us which device you use in our latest poll! When Jolife AB, the original parent company of LUCAS, brought the device to the U.S., a 2009 feasibility…
On May 7, 2019, the Fire Department of New York City (FDNY) swore in Lillian Bonsignore as the new chief of EMS. A 28-year veteran of the department, she steadily marched up the ranks throughout her…
Mention the name “Freedom House Ambulance Service” in most departments these days, and you’ll probably get shrugs and blank stares. If this reaction applies to you, it’s no surprise—blame it on…
For many people the term human trafficking conjures up dramatic images of kidnapped girls transported across borders and held against their will. While some trafficking victims are subjected to these…
Though sepsis is the third leading cause of death inside hospitals and causes one death every three to four seconds around the globe, the medical community’s understanding of the condition remains…
It’s an unfortunate truth that EMTs and paramedics are no strangers to abuse while working in the field. Even if you view it as a facet of prehospital care that just comes with the territory, there…
The world of fire and EMS services has long been considered a boy’s club, but that’s starting to change. Gone are the days when the white, male-dominated profession remains unchallenged by minorities…
Burnout, PTSD, early retirement: these are issues not uncommon in the field of EMS, and yet they often remain unaddressed and unresolved, often due to a lack of action from leadership. If the EMS…
Based on an actual patient case, the 2019 NAEMSP session “Mountain Medicine: Where Ambulances Can’t Go” reviewed how wilderness (“backcountry”) EMS response protocols must function differently from…
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