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PINNACLE CONFERENCE REPORT (Wednesday) by A.J. Heightman, JEMS Editor-in-chief

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Executive Forum on Mobile Integrate Health (MIH) / Community Paramedicine (CP) Underway at Pinnacle Conference in Florida Confident that the concept of mobile integrated healthcare (MIH) fits within the broader MIH model, EMS leaders are meeting today at the Pinnacle Conference at the Omni Plantation – Amelia Island Florida.          Omni Plantation resort – Great […]

Norman McSwain, MD in Critical Condition in New Orleans

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The EMS Community is saddened to learn that trauma pioneer Norman McSwain, MD, FACS, is in critical condition in the Neuro ICU at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans after suffering a cerebral bleed on Friday. Best known as the pioneering trauma surgeon who assisted the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma in the […]

Dr. Ronald. D. Stewart Visits JEMS

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The JEMS team enjoyed a wonderful visit with Dr. Ronald Stewart today when he traveled down to San Diego during an extended visit in Los Angeles. He was conducting Grand Rounds and working on other EMS projects.   He got a chance to see my EMS artifacts and toy collection and also spend quality time […]

Important Documentary for all emergency personnel to watch tonight on CNN

Good for all emergency personnel to watch   A Must-See Documentary Tonight on CNN I would like you to get the word out for emergency personnel  to watch an important documentary that will air tonight at 9 p.m.on CNN entitled “The War Comes Home“. I am actively involved in efforts to make emergency service providers […]

It’s Critical to Seek, Synthesize & Incorporate All Available Patient Information

Imagine going on multiple calls with limited dispatch information. When you arrive at the scene and approach the family to obtain important incident history, mechanism of injury or patient information, you’re told rather bluntly, “We already gave that information to your dispatcher. We’re not repeating it to you!” You might not be too fazed by […]

An Insider’s Perspective on Pain

All pain is not created equal. It’s important providers have the capability to not just triage pain like they triage severity of conditions at a mass casualty incident, but also understand the causes, location and effect of pain on the patient. It’s most important that we sympathize with the patient experiencing pain and do all […]

Ten Commandments of EMS Leadership

I’m an incurable pack rat who has always held onto historic EMS files, photos, equipment and documents. It’s a trait I possessed long before coming to work for JEMS. But it accelerated soon after I moved to California to work with Jim Page and getting involved with the making of his The History of EMS […]