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  • 00:59

    Does Rural EMS Have A Patient Care Advantage?

    in Education

    When thinking about rural EMS systems compared to an urban setting. Does the rural setting have certain advantages? What about disadvantages? Issues like available resources, transport times, volunteers, skills frequency and others can play a role in overall patient care.
    So what are your thoughts? Do these two systems differ? Are they similar enough not to matter in the long run?
    Join us for this episode and give your experiences in the chat room or call in toll free.

  • 01:07

    EMS Response, Training and Patient Outcomes

    in Education

    We focus a lot on response in EMS. Our response allong with our training can effect patient outcomes. But what about when response is the focus without equal attention to training. Getting there is only part of what we do, yet is often the one marker that is looked at when it comes to a patients outcome.


    This week we talk about EMS response, call types, training and how they reflect on patient outcomes.


    Does the 8-10 minute response have a positive impact or is it better training and equipment?


    Join us for this discussion.

  • 00:37

    1/26/2016 EMS Training: "Flipping the Classroom"

    in Caregiving

    This live webcast of EMS Live in Wisconsin was recorded on Tuesday, January 26, 2016.


    Our guests included two individuals with Lifestar EMS in West Bend, WI - Assistant Training Coordinator Tyler Christifulli and Field Training Educator Sam Ireland.  They discussed how they have successfully been using field educators at their base locations, and also sending out to staff pre-training podcasts to encourage education and discussion. They call their program, "Flipping the classroom".


    Lifestar's approach to EMS education included the following:


    Identifying the epidemic of bad teaching practices that surround EMS.



    Using old power points
    Strict outlines
    Crowded slides


    What has Lifestar done to reinvent the way we approach education?



    Field Educators
    White boards
    Flipping the classroom
    Simplified power points and flip chart


    The techniques of running a good simulation.



    You don't need expensive equipment to run a good sim
    Video recording and critique playback
    Always succeed in simulations
    Takes a lot of preparation to run an efficient and dynamic simulation.


    To view and listen to the February 2016 pre-training podcast, "Patterns, Pathways, and Pain", as an example, completed by Lifestar EMS, click here.


    Join co-hosts Chris Anderson, Joe Covelli, Patrick Ryan, Dan Williams and call-in guests and live listeners for 40-minutes of conversation about emergency medical services and the ambulance industry in Wisconsin the second and fourth Tuesday every month.


    Don't miss a beat of Wisconsin EMS action - listen to EMS Live!

  • The EMS Synopsis

    in Caregiving

    This week we will be discussing different events in EMS. Call in to listen to the show or to participate in the show.

  • 00:16

    Alabama EMS Conference

    in Training

    The change we've been talking about is here! It's time! Alabama EMS Conference sponsored by the Alabama EMS Association and multiple other partners! 3 days of emergency medicine con ed. 

  • 00:16

    The EMS Lounge Launch podcast

    in Training

    EMS educational podcast covering various topics that we encounter in EMS. 

  • 00:31

    Who is Listening to the Patient Voice?

    in Health

    Robin and Joyce speak with Lesley Bennett, state coordinator for the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) in Connecticut, about the importance of the voice of the "consumer" in healthcare as in retail or other "marketing" relationships.


    Joyce and Lesley recently attended the annual meeting of the New England Regional Genetics Group (NERGG) in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  What role should consumers play in a professional organization?  NERGG has included consumers in its governance for the past 38 years, and yet they are still struggling to define a clear role for consumers in the workings of the organization.


    What do consumers want? How can organizations work with them to include them in constructive ways?


    Who is Listening to the Patient Voice?



    Patients and the regulatory process - appraisal, approval, access issues
    Patient involvement in clinical trials -  design, recruitment and retention
    Patient involvement in the design of hospital cancer services
    The patient voice in kidney cancer guidelines/pathways

  • 00:30

    The Good, The Bad and EMS

    in Training

    Time to police our own in our field. Are we advancing and progressing as a field like we should or are we stagnant. Are we going to accept the lower standards and non progressive stagnant providers and leaders we have or will we take control of our trade? Time to eat the weak! Wage War! 

  • 00:24

    Patient Access and Intake and You

    in Health

    As more and more hospitals, clinics, and doctors merge and integrate into large health systems. It can become confusing for patients to know where and how to receive care. Coordinating efforts to improve patient access and intake takes serious strategy and planning across the entire enterprise. Singola is here to help.

  • 00:32

    Patient Information - new info for VHL

    in Health

    There are many challenges common to all rare diseases:


    1. How to get a correct diagnosis?


    2. How to find doctors who understand the condition and can provide therapeutic help.


    3. How to manage day to day, making choices and getting medical help to moderate the symptoms and maximize one's quality of life.


    The VHL Alliance assembled its first collection of guidelines for patients and their general doctors in 1993, and has been evolving it regularly since then as new information has emerged.  This is now one of the best established Handbooks for a rare disease -- now in its 5th edition, and translated into 15 languages.


    Joyce and Robin speak with Suzanne Nylander, O.D., editor of the 5th edition, about what's new in the Handbook, how the Handbook helps both patients and doctors, and what they have learned about the power of sharing information -- among patients and among physicians and healthcare systems worldwide.


    Hard copies are available for purchase from the Alliance or from Amazon.com.  You can download the text for free at http://vhl.org/handbook.

  • 00:25

    Help Wanted - Adoptive Parents for children in Foster Care

    in Health

    Diane Tomaz of the Massachusetts Adoption Resources Exchange (MARE) talks about adoption and the needs of the children waiting in foster care.


    Many of these children have special needs.  Addy is a good example.


    Addy is a 4-year-old Caucasian girl who continues to make tremendous progress in her growth and development. Addy has some developmental delays and a genetic condition called Micro-duplication syndrome, which can present as having Autism like symptoms and behavioral challenges. She will need to be formally re-evaluated in the future to determine if she still falls on the Autism spectrum due to the tremendous progress she has made.


    Addy attends pre-school with the support of an Individualized Educational Plan. She is no longer in a self-contained classroom due to the gains she has made and she is now in an integrated preschool program. Addy’s speech has also increased and she continues to receive speech therapy at school to assist with her speech delays.


    Legally freed for adoption, Addison will need a family that is prepared for her needs and the unknowns that come with it. A family that has parenting experience would be preferred.


    Addison will need a family that is able to keep her in contact with her younger sister and grandmother with four to six visits a year. She also has an open adoption agreement with her birth mother for post-adoption visits.