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A New Look (and Updated URL)

Whether you have been one of our followers this past year or just found us recently, we appreciate your interest in High Performance EMS and our revised blog site. We are excited to now be a part of the FireEMS Blogs network and look forward to the possibility of reaching a larger audience and hearing from additional voices. Please be sure to click and bookmark the URL at http://HighPerformanceEMS.com in place of any previous addresses and visit back here often. You can expect to find conference reviews, technology updates, topical opinions, and profiles of High Performance EMS agencies along with links to key topics and constantly updated news feeds and tweets.

As an additional resource, we have a Solutions tab that links you to providers that enhance the capabilities of your EMS agency to become more efficient and effective in delivering prehospital care. This is not a paid advertisement listing, but an “invitation-only” section where vendors earn their inclusion by proving their value in successful implementations that show a positive return on investment. The Guest Blog tab provides information on how you can submit a posting to be considered for inclusion in this blog. There are some rules and we reserve the right to accept or reject content based on its perceived value to our community. If you want to learn more about why this blog was created and what we hope to accomplish, check out the About tab. If you have comments or suggestions, we love to hear those too. So feel free to post a comment anytime.

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Preparedness Reminder

I know that today is the last day of National Preparedness Month, but preparedness is not seasonal and these videos are great reminders of what we can do to be prepared for ourselves, our families, and our communities.  I hope you never need to know anything they teach, but ask that you look through them and take action anyway.  You never know when or where some sort of disaster or emergency can strike – Be Prepared!

Being prepared while traveling.

Being prepared at the office.

Preparing your family includes your pets.

FEMA Chief Craig Fugate Issues a Challenge

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Celebrate EMS Week

The dates for National EMS Week 2011 are May 15 thru May 21.  Thank a Paramedic or EMT today, but also consider going a step or two further with the following suggestions:

  • Become a “Fan” on the “National EMS Week” Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/National.EMS.Week.
  • “Like” our own Facebook presence for High Performance EMS where we are looking to help communicate news regularly about advanced pre-hospital care with a special focus on high economic efficiency to that community.
  • You can also follow @hp_ems on Twitter to keep up with news at no more than 140 characters at time throughout the year as well.
  • Consider adding to the conversation on this page by leaving comments to articles of interest encouraging others seeking to improve the EMS profession through EMS2.0 and NG911.

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Hello World. Welcome to HP_EMS!

The world of the EMS provider is changing.  Whether you call it EMS 2.0 or Next Generation 911, it is no longer enough to simply do a good job resulting in positive clinical outcomes for patients.  Increasing budget pressures require that these quality services be maintained while providing them within a context of higher economic efficiency.  High Performance EMS (HP_EMS) is not about just balancing patient needs with operational costs but simultaneously enhancing both clinical and economic performance.  While there are many tools to assist with this goal, there is no single “magic bullet” just as there is also no single performance metric.  This market dynamic is the reason behind the HP_EMS blog: to faciltate a discussion between agencies, industry insiders, and subject matter experts about how we can collectively do better on all measures.

We encourage you to participate by responding to posts with answers and suggestions or even your doubts and skepticism.  You may even submit your own guest blog posting for others to learn from or make comment.  This forum is all about what you do in EMS from the time someone calls 911 until the Pt arrives at the hospital!  It is hosted by Bradshaw Consulting Services (BCS) and our partners because we want to help you get the information you want to have in order to make the decisions you need to make that deliver the services your public expects.  All of us have data (and opinions), but together we can transform it all into meaningful and actionable information that is useful to the entire community.  Moderation of the discussion will be minimal and limited to igniting conversation and maintaining a respectful and useful conversation focused on the topic High Performance EMS.

So, join the discussion!  It’s about your work – to help you and others do a better job delivering high quality emergency management services to the public within a new era of accountability.  Please share your thoughts… 

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