I'd like to get feedback on the value of articles in JEMS from the point of view of an EMT. Although the majority of our readers are paramedics, we think the content is valuable for all EMS professionals, especially when you consider the fact that most EMS care is within the BLS scope.
What do you think?
As food for thought, read the article on CHF from Dr. Bledsoe that was published in the Feb issue. As an EMT, is the article engaging, educational, thought-provoking?
I think most of the articles are pretty relevent as I work with the Medics on a lot of calls. It helps to not only know what they are doing but what I can be expected to help with or be prepared for. It is great to learn from them as well, even though I have no desire to go further than EMT-B. Overall, you are serving the patient better with more of yourown knowledge.
Well said David, I agree! I am an EMT-B too and I have learned a lot from the JEMS articles. They are written in such a way that even I can follow along and really learn from them. I try to "self test" as well and any time I have questions about something mentioned that I may not fully understand - I work with some super fantastic Paramedics that are only too happy to help me to grasp the lessons. My co-workers appreciate those of us who do read these articles and try to improve ourselves. This is an ever changing field and requires lots of reading to keep up with the advances in medicine, emergency or otherwise.
Using the National Standard Curriculum as the base knowledge for EMT-Bs, I thought that the article was well written and much needed. Ideally, though, most of what was in the article should be covered in class or prerequisites anyways.
I think JEMS and EMS magazines are absolutely great and should be distributed at every EMS station in the country. I have subscribed to both since my first year in EMS, and was a EMT-B for the first 4 or 5 yrs. I learned so much on a BLS and ALS level, and also sat in on ALS level courses at my station. I believe there is no reason whatsoever that EMT-B's should not continue to expand their scope of knowledge, as long as they remember and stay proficient in the basics (that comment goes to ALL level providers, anyway). I don't like the idea that many have of medics need all this con-ed and skill labs and everything else, and then the EMT's just keep their CPR current and give a smooth ride to the hospital. That's crap, they should be keeping up just as much, and the more they know about the ALS side of the house, the better of the team and pt. will be. I work alot of shifts double medic, but give me a good (key word, GOOD) EMT anyday, I'll be happy, and I bet we'll be just as efficient as a dual medic crew. JEMS and EMS magazine have been a great asset to me personally for years now and hopefully many years to come.