EMS Squadcast: Response Times & Drug Shortages

EMS Squadcast: Response Times & Drug Shortages

Podcast Jan 25, 2013

EMS Squadcast host Tim Perkins broadcasts from the EMS World Expo 2012, held October 31–November 2 in New Orleans, LA. In this second episode he chats with Matt Zavadsky, director of public affairs for Medstar Mobile Healthcare in Ft. Worth, TX, about response times, the drug shortage and Matt's recent column for EMSWorld.com.

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Tim Perkins has been in EMS for more than 20 years. He started as a teenager at a rural volunteer fire department in Central New York, got his paramedic education in Baltimore, and has worked as an administrator in the Syracuse, NY, and Richmond, VA, areas. Tim has also been a frequent contributor to EMS World Magazine since 2005 and is a member of the editorial advisory board.

A reorganization of the WTC Health Program for first responders affected by the toxins at Ground Zero could negatively impact their healthcare.
Sonoma County dispatchers were understaffed and had not been trained in coaching citizens trapped by the wildfires that killed 24 people.
The San Antonio Fire Department has released its position statement on the management of patients with potential spinal injuries.
If passed, the bill will allow medical professionals with firearms training to carry weapons when responding to an event with a SWAT team.
NENA members met with policymakers to discuss major improvements for the 9-1-1 system.
The 2018 ESO EMS index highlights areas of improvement such as documenting stroke assessment, 12-lead EKG use, and aspirin administration.
Retained firefighter Ian Norris is running his final London Marathon in memory of a local doctor to raise vital funds for Wiltshire Air Ambulance.
Users trained in CPR are alerted by the app of people nearby experiencing cardiac arrest.
Stop the Bleed kits are housed in about 345 schools statewide where staff members are also trained in bleeding control techniques.
Gov. Cuomo's 2014 gun control law kept 75,000 mentally ill people from owning firearms, a measure he thinks could save lives around the country.
The need for the program was identified after the Pulse nightclub shooting, when multiple consulates contacted the hospital to see if any of their nationals were victims of the attack.
ACP says a lack of policy on firearms is why the U.S. remains a country with one of the highest rates of gun violence in the world.  
Norwalk firefighters taught citizens CPR in a Valentine's Day-themed class and informed them of AED locations in the city.
Dispatch center communications are expected to evolve in ways that would allow home appliances and wristbands to call 9-1-1 for patients who are unable to do so.
Franklin County Emergency Services Alliance aims to assess the challenges first responders face that cause shortages of EMS providers across the country.