Inside Look

Informed Refusal of Treatment

David Fifer, WEMT, NRP

As every EMS provider knows, a patient must be “competent to refuse” in order for them to decline treatment or transport. In other words, they must be able to understand the risks of foregoing care and also be able to accept legal responsibility for doing so.

Help “N” Site

Sandy Hunter, PhD, NRP

Filing a Grievance

It doesn’t matter what profession you work in, chances are good at some point you’ll find yourself working alongside someone who is underperforming, difficult to work with or downright inappropriate.

These individuals can make a work environment much less enjoyable, and learning how to deal with them properly is critical to maintaining your job satisfaction.

Let’s Hear from the People

Have you ever thought about how the public perceives the emergency medical services? Do you ever question how you’re doing when you’re administering care to a patient? Patient surveys are extremely common in the healthcare field in today’s society.  Though they are most common in hospitals and doctor’s offices, but they can be helpful for EMS as well.

Does Technology Improve Distance Learning

The implementation of technology for distance learning enhances both the convenience and availability of education of Emergency Medical Service (EMS) learners.  As access to high speed internet continues to grow, post-secondary administrators and EMS educators are increasing the number of educational courses as well as other offerings via distance learning.  The availability of this t

Tranxemic Acid - Life Saver or Just another EMS Fad?

Almost 50 years ago scientists discovered that tranxemic acid (TxA) causes an inhibition of plasminogen to the active form or plasmin.  As a result fibrinolysis and clot breakdown was inhibited thus leading to a greater control over the loss of blood.  Originally, TxA was the treatment of choice  for patients with hemophilia as well as to decrease blood loss in patients undergoin

Moving from a Buddy to a Boss: Advancing Your EMC Career

You’ve received the white shirt and the shiny gold badge. Congratulations! You’ve moved from a field provider to field supervisor.  

How to End Your EMS Career in 3 Easy Steps

No one sets out to purposely end their career, regardless of the area in which they work. However, if you are an EMT or paramedic, the following are three things that you can do that will end your career quicker than you think that they might!
1. Take pictures of all of your scenes, patients and all.