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We need to catch up

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When responding to a call, I have found that it is simpler to map it with my iPhone than with our dusty old map books. The iPhone is fast, accurate, and easy.

The highest tech systems in emergency vehicles involve an in-vehicle computer that links up with dispatch to get automatic call routing and other information. These systems cost thousands of dollars per unit, not including infrastructure costs, and setting them up is fraught with bugs and implementation is no cake walk (I an in the process of implementing this for my agency. It’s no joke).

Why does my $400 consumer product offer easier access to this information than my $3000 tablet?

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April 12th, 2010 at 9:50 am

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Air Medical crashes:

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There’s lots of ‘em. It is criminal how many people die each year in the US from air medical crashes. These kinds of death rates among normal road ambulances would spur all kinds of investigation and industry upheaval.

Every year at some point, someone in the news media remembers how bad this is and there’s a series of articles like this one decrying the problem and hi-lighting the FAA or the NTSB’s commitment to solving the problem. And then nothing.

If anyone can offer some realistic statistics on this issue, with numbers adjusted for the growth in air ambulance programs each year, please offer some guidance in the comments. Any realistic analysis of current work towards federal, state, or local regulation changing this would interest me as well (not just CAMTS compliance, either. I believe that while CAMTS is a good start, the solution to his problem will be broader). I’d like to know more about how bad this issue really is and what is being done about it.

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September 30th, 2008 at 7:34 pm

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How much A&P class did you have before Paramedic school?

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I will toot my own horn for a second: I took a semester each of college level Anatomy and Physiology, including 5 hours per week in a cadaver lab before I went to Paramedic school.  I have found that this knowledge has been some of the most valuable possible for me moving forward in my paramedic career.

I now see many Paramedic programs that teach A&P with a coloring book and open book tests.  I have a hard time thinking that this is an area where you can cut corners.

Do yourself a favor: if you haven’t, go to your local community college and take a semester’s Physiology You’ll balk at how much it does for your understanding of your patients problems and what the drugs are doing for them. Also, contact your local community college or medical school (if there’s one nearby) and find out about opportunities to get into a cadaver lab. I can show you a picture of where the spleen is, but the value seeing it in a real body is impossible to reproduce.

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December 3rd, 2007 at 9:19 am

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