Category Archives: 911

A Tale of Two, Two Tiers

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Disclaimer:  I appologize for the format of the text as this is one of my first blog entires with this interface, and for some reason it and Word didn't want to play nicely.  I tried to fix it up best I can.  Future posts will not have this problem. It’s interesting that Dr. Barnett picked a […]

EMS System in NJ

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What really blows my mind is that the system we currently operate in does not mandate any minimum standards for providers (mainly BLS, as ALS is in my opinion OVER regulated), does not require an ambulance to be licensed by the Department of Health nor meet any minimum standards, nor mandate minimum response times. Better yet, EMS in New Jersey isn’t even considered an essential service like police, fire, and municipal services are. It’s simply, sickening.

Time for Intelligence in Implementing EMS

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During the recent snowstorm, the governor of New Jersey declared a state of Emergency closing all roads to nonemergency vehicles. As luck would have it, I was on shift at one of the hospitals where I work.

The Free Taxi Ride

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Years ago I was working with New York City as an EMT out of Queens General Hospital. I remember being in shock after picking up an otherwise non-ill appearing man who gave a complaint that I currently cannot recall. We took him in a city ambulance to the local hospital. The part that shocked me was that he never entered the hospital. He thanked us and proceeded to go across the street to do his shopping. He never was sick and never intended to enter the ED doors. We served as free transportation for him.

EMS After 911: The State of Prehospital Care

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It seems as if the overall system for Emergency Medical Care is in need of reinvention. A centrally controlled scene command, an assurance of minimal skill and proficiency for EMTs and first responders, and an ability of hospitals to have a built in cushion to absorb patients, are all core components of an effective disaster preparedness system. This reinvention must be realized on a state or regional level. Failure to address these issues could prove disastrous in the future if such circumstances ever reoccurred

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Jordan Barnett

Jordan Barnett, MD, is an Emergency Medicine Physician in the Philadelphia Suburban Region. He has previously worked as a volunteer firefighter, was a member of New York City EMS, and provides Medical Command for several ALS Ambulance Services. Dr Barnett provides EMS consultation services. Additionally, he is actively involved with EMS education.

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