Monday, December 3, 2007

Crashes and clashes...both too often in EMS

The Burlington Free Press reported yesterday on a crash that killed a patient and seriously injured the EMT in the patient compartment.

The article, Crash spotlights ambulance risks, is a good review of the issues facing EMTs in the patient compartment. With winter squarely upon us we must all be careful out there.

In the clashes category, the Naples Daily News reports on a county system in transition: Power, politics and money beneath fire merger talks. And EMS is squarely in the middle of the clash. While the devil is in the details when negotiating any merger, success is measured years later by how well a central culture of quality and respect is created from several different agencies.

My best wishes to the patients and providers in Collier County for a successful merger.

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