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EMS World October 2005

EMS World Magazine has been published continuously since 1972. Informative and balanced editorial content make EMS World Magazine the most authoritative source in the world for clinical and educational material designed to improve the delivery of prehospital emergency medical care. It is written, edited, illustrated and formatted to appeal to the full spectrum of EMS professionals: Paramedics, EMTs, administrators and instructors working in private and public services.
The scenario started out simple enough: You and your partner were dispatched to an "unknown medical" that turned out to be an older man who had clearly been dead for several hours.
The patient on the cot calmly smiles at you and, telling you to "watch this," he frees one wrist and then the other from the leather cuffs that bind his upper extremities to the cot's upper frame.
David Powers, ThD, BCETS, BCECR
Paramedics in hospitals delivering patients or picking them up for transfer is a common sight. But what about a paramedic in scrubs as a full-fledged member of the medical establishment?
In 1978, there was no organized civilian aeromedical transport serving the state. Then came Hawaii Air Ambulance (HAA).
The purpose of this article is to share the story of how my organization's culture evolved from one of inertia to one of power.
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