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By Gordon M. Sachs

Emergency scientific provider represents greater than eighty percentage of the reaction job in emergency reaction firms. the full inspiration of EMS has passed through drastic alterations and enhancements during the last 3 many years. With the continued risk of lethal illnesses, the tools as soon as practiced to regard trauma sufferers aren't inevitably the easiest, or most secure, strategies. this present day, switch is the one consistent. This publication is designed to enhance the standard of your EMS supply. a hundred and fifty pages

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3. Notification (calling EMS). 4. Dispatch (of trained EMS personnel). 5. Prearrival (instructions regarding basic care given to the caller while EMS personnel are en route). 6. On-scene care (by EMS personnel). 7. Transport and facility notification (by EMS personnel). 8. Emergency department/receiving facility (care provided at the emergency facility to which the patient is taken). 9. Interfacility transport (if the patient is taken to another facility after evaluation and stabilization). 10.

These thirteen stages are applicable to all types of medical emergencies. Fire departments are typically involved in the first seven stages. Many departments also provide interfacility transportation. It’s clear that prehospital care is only part of the EMS system. qxd 10/8/99 10:30 AM Page 26 26 OFFICER’S GUIDE TO F I R E S E RV I C E EMS activities, and often through transport. Similarly, hospitals may be involved from prevention through rehabilitation. Because it is pluralistic, no single agency can take credit for managing and operating the entire EMS system.

Currently, litigation is testing the limits of the “7 (k) exemption,” which provides that firefighters must work fiftythree hours in a workweek before they can earn overtime pay. EMS workers, however, must earn overtime pay for working more than forty hours in a workweek. The problem lies in defining who is a firefighter and who is an EMS worker. S. District Courts, which means that the applicability of each decision is limited to those states or areas that fall under each judicial district. Some people maintain that cross-training results in personnel who aren’t proficient in either discipline, with EMS competence suffering somewhat more.

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