Without evidence of benefit, an intervention should not be presumed to be beneficial or safe.

- Rogue Medic

A Lighter Note On EMS Week

On EMS Office Hours Wednesday night the discussion with Jim Hoffman and Josh Knapp was about EMS Week and how it is frequently perceived by those of us being honored as a form of backhanded compliment.

There is a post by Too Old To Work, Too Young To Retire that expresses this without attempts at being politically correct –

Take This Week And Shove It

Some of the things we could do for EMS Week.

Have the medical director meet the medics working with the authorization of the medical director. Some medical directors do know their medics very well, while others may never have met them.

If you are a medical director and you do not know the people giving poisons to your patients (Yes, they are your patients, too) and inserting things in various parts of your patients’ bodies, then maybe this is a good time to get to know them.

Likewise, if you are a paramedic and you do not know your medical director, this may be a good excuse to introduce yourself.

HIPAA Education!

HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) is generally misunderstood. We should have a week just to educate hospital, nursing home, and doctors’ office staff about their obligation to share information with us. Whether we are receiving the patient or we have transferred the patient to the hospital.

If we follow the outcomes of our patients (they are our patients, too) and read the research on the treatments we provide, we may not be so aggressive with harmful treatments. We may be more aware of what is best for our patients.

Money for EMS!

We need money for education. Better trained EMS means better care for our patients.

We need money for training equipment.

We need money for medical directors. Too many places rely on volunteer medical directors. Others pay medical directors so little, compared to what they would make working in the hospital, that it feels like they are volunteering. Or they pay medical directors a competitive wage, but only expect a few hours a month from the medical director. Why should a good doctor give away time that could be spent with family or working at paying down medical school loans?

Some other posts on EMS Week 2011 –

Everyday EMS Tips – EMS Week posts.

Muddy Angels Memorial Bike Ride.

DavesEMS.com – EMS Week Page.

Advocating for EMS all year long – EMSWeekIdeas.com.

EMS Week Comments at The Social Medic.

EMS Week 2011.

Beyond EMS Week: Advocating your profession all year.

And there are links to EMS Week contests at the page for this podcast –

A Lighter Note On EMS Week