Archives for July 2013

EMS Should Be Involved With End Of Life Decisions

Tweet It’s a nightmare scenario played out all too often.  EMS is dispatched to a cardiac arrest.  The crew is greeted at the door by an upset family member who says that the patient has a DNR, and then produces paperwork that is not a DNR.  Perhaps it’s an advanced directive, living will, prescription with “DNR” written […]

Expanded BLS: Better Than Nothing, But Not Good Enough

Tweet Following up on Rural Patients Deserve the Same EMS Care as Urban Ones is the issue of expanding the BLS skill set.     The line between an ALS and BLS procedures used to be one that required a needle, drug, tube, or electricity. Improvements in technology and risk/benefit analyses have blurred this line.  Expanded […]