Thursday, November 20, 2008

More on EMS in crisis

Bryan Bledsoe forwarded an article from Men's Health about EMS in crisis. The article takes a look at Philadelphia and New Jersey EMS systems as an example of problems such as system abuse, fatigue among providers and provider shortage.

Melissa Alexander called out a similar EMS piece from the Albuquerque, New Mexico area.

I believe we'll be seeing more and more of these stories. Unfortunately EMS has many crises these days. Perhaps the most important ones are those involving identity and value of the EMS system and the providers that serve in it. Many of the problems we face seem to have roots in these basic issues.

I should note that Bryan Bledsoe was named one of Men's Health magazine's Heroes of Health and Fitness as well as one of ACEP's Heroes of Emergency Medicine. Bryan was an early voice in the air medical transport issue. emsresponder.com reports on this story. Congratulations, Bryan.

Stay tuned...