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EMS World October 2006

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.

     In August, I attended a panel discussion held at the 2006 APCO conference in Orlando, FL. The panel was arranged by the IJIS Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving…

Thanks to the Crystal Charity Ball, Dallas-area EMS and adult facilities providers are learning to deal more comfortably with oft-dreaded pediatric calls.
Whiners know they get heard better if they enlist other people to endorse their complaints.
When a seemingly smooth-running call suddenly takes a turn for the worse, the EMS team has to make a decision about whether to try to physically restrain the patient.
What is the extent of EMS's responsibility for hazards related to a patient's emergency medical care?
In April of this year, an EMT appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show-not as a representative of America's emergency medical services, but as a representative of America's working poor.
Our patients don't exactly match the bullet points in the textbooks, but this doesn't have to be a bad thing.
I think the sound of people laughing is worth all the interruptions in the world, and it's much more a thing of value than a cause for embarrassment.
The ED major incident center will be the new heart of the community preparedness plan.
Planning for a potential pandemic should continue, and it's important that fire and EMS services become active participants in planning for their communities.
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