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EMS World May 2007

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.

     As a member of the National EMS Museum Foundation (NEMSMF), I am pleased to announce the grand opening of its Virtual Museum (www.nemsmf.org).

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     There's no question that over the last decade technology has completely transformed our lives. From the office to our homes, we are connected 24/7 to colleagues, family and friends by cell…

How do you balance your work schedule against some of the really important things that make up the rest of your life?
There are at least three good reasons to ignore that little voice in your head that encourages you to "add a little spice" to your patient care report.
When congestive heart failure fells the boss, well-meaning colleagues make a bad situation worse.
Is it worth the paper it's written on?
EMS providers fortunately do not deal with pediatric emergencies every day, so maintaining familiarity with procedures, medications and documentation requires frequent training.
What I am proposing may seem as difficult to do as separating junkies from their poison of choice.
Policies regarding carrying personal cell phones while on duty vary from an outright ban at all times to virtually no controls at all.
The world of EMS billing is often challenging and confusing territory for new EMS managers.
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