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Chris Azevedo
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Hospital Clinicals: Fostering Student Attitudes
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So, my current EMT-I class is about to begin clinicals at various local ER's.  To get quickly to my point, I'm interested in hearing about how many of you program managers provide any sort of brief…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeff Feb 6, 2012.

Post EMS TODAY thoughts......
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Well, folks, this year's conference has come and gone, and for the first time, I was actually able to attend a full schedule of seminars.  I enjoyed it very much, and walked away invigorated,…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Azevedo Mar 16, 2011.

How Does Lack of "Buy-In" Inhibit Recruitement and Retention?
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There are a number of published papers which say that two of the top reasons for EMS providers' discontent/dissatisfaction with the EMS field is that: 1.) Organizational management is known for poor…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by UMParamedic Dec 23, 2010.

 

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Chris Azevedo replied to Kyle Czarnecki's discussion "Quickest and Easiest"
"Well, the fact that 2/3's of present EMS systems were built up as highway safety projects that SPECIFICALLY put licensing and educational decisions to the states to begin with--and then dumped responsibility for most of the funding on them in…"
May 4, 2013
Chris Azevedo replied to Kyle Czarnecki's discussion "Quickest and Easiest"
"It's all in the structure.  Like I said, it's the way it is because of how it was first set up--and it hasn't changed.  EMS is beyond highway safety projects and "Accidental Death and Disability."  You want…"
May 4, 2013
Chris Azevedo replied to Kyle Czarnecki's discussion "Quickest and Easiest"
"Chief,    You have pointed out the reasons why numerous times.  It's all in the way EMS is set up.  Very generally speaking, who are EMS providers?  They are folks who work at a job that requires comparatively very…"
Apr 24, 2013
Chris Azevedo replied to Jesse M. Bell's discussion I'm at an impass: What do I do?
"One thing you may want to consider, being you're only 17, is that you may actually LIKE moving around the country!  And, despite what you may think, Guard members do temporary duty in other places, but otherwise, unless they're…"
Apr 12, 2013
Chris Azevedo replied to Skip Kirkwood's discussion NON-PUNITIVE "CLOSE CALLS" INCIDENT REPORTING - EVENT reporting!
"How about some examples of when you would use this, versus the ingrained "protocol violation" policies that most EMS organizations already have?  "
Mar 16, 2013
Chris Azevedo replied to Nicole Reino's discussion Patient Refusals
"It was your analogy, so I ran with it! .....Yeah!  We find ourselves discussing that one a lot, don't we?  LOL!  To get back to the thread, my jurisdiction reviews every refusal at the Field Supervisor level--every one of them.…"
Feb 25, 2013
Chris Azevedo and David Spafford are now friends
Dec 14, 2012
Chris Azevedo replied to David Spafford's discussion Learning Management Systems
"Dave,   We contracted through a company (PM me for the name) who runs the server and administrates some things about it (set up, etc)  They provided training for it, which had a cost, and they provide IT services including troubleshooting.…"
Dec 10, 2012
Chris Azevedo replied to David Spafford's discussion Learning Management Systems
"We use MOODLE 2.3.  We are using it not only for our Paramedic program, but for our con-ed and other EMS training.  We've also extended it into our fire service training as well.  The biggest drawback we have is that we cannot…"
Dec 10, 2012
Chris Azevedo replied to BRENNAN BLACKWELL's discussion WHAT MAKES AN EMS PROVIDER A TAXI DRIVER/AMBULANCE DRIVER, THE TYPE OF CALLS YOU RUN OR YOUR ABILITY TO PROVIDE PATIENT CARE????
"WOW!!  Thou hast been served! "
Oct 18, 2012
Chris Azevedo replied to BRENNAN BLACKWELL's discussion WHAT MAKES AN EMS PROVIDER A TAXI DRIVER/AMBULANCE DRIVER, THE TYPE OF CALLS YOU RUN OR YOUR ABILITY TO PROVIDE PATIENT CARE????
"Kirkwood-   1 Opposition- 0 Touche! :)   "
Oct 12, 2012
Chris Azevedo replied to BRENNAN BLACKWELL's discussion WHAT MAKES AN EMS PROVIDER A TAXI DRIVER/AMBULANCE DRIVER, THE TYPE OF CALLS YOU RUN OR YOUR ABILITY TO PROVIDE PATIENT CARE????
"Perhaps, Chief, what you have done is taken the "Emergency" out of EMS in all but name.  Perhaps that's the next great movement in prehospital care.  In that, your method is sound, but in that case, what exactly…"
Oct 12, 2012
Chris Azevedo replied to BRENNAN BLACKWELL's discussion WHAT MAKES AN EMS PROVIDER A TAXI DRIVER/AMBULANCE DRIVER, THE TYPE OF CALLS YOU RUN OR YOUR ABILITY TO PROVIDE PATIENT CARE????
"I disagree, Chief. It may not bother the managers much, but it burns EMS providers out.  It bothers legions of them greatly. Yes, it may very well be a state of mind--the acceptance that rote abuse of emergency services is the norm,…"
Oct 11, 2012
Chris Azevedo replied to BRENNAN BLACKWELL's discussion WHAT MAKES AN EMS PROVIDER A TAXI DRIVER/AMBULANCE DRIVER, THE TYPE OF CALLS YOU RUN OR YOUR ABILITY TO PROVIDE PATIENT CARE????
"Thanks, Brennan, for the clarification.  My point of view on your original post mostly is from a perspective of those on the outside of EMS looking in.  Amongst our own, I have to say that I've never looked at an EMS provider or…"
Sep 15, 2012
Chris Azevedo replied to BRENNAN BLACKWELL's discussion WHAT MAKES AN EMS PROVIDER A TAXI DRIVER/AMBULANCE DRIVER, THE TYPE OF CALLS YOU RUN OR YOUR ABILITY TO PROVIDE PATIENT CARE????
"Chief,    Perception is 9/10ths of reality.  "If that's the service the employer provides," then those who refer to the Calens in this business as "ambulance drivers" and "taxi drivers" rarely (if…"
Sep 14, 2012
Chris Azevedo replied to Till Breuer's discussion Do any of you guys use equipment holsters?
"We use a fanny (in the American sense) pack, like the red one pictured in this thread, where I work.  Being cross-trained, holsters are nice, until you have to put on turn-out gear or cover-alls.  For a while, I tried a holster on a webb…"
Sep 2, 2012

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Firefighter/Paramedic
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Paid Fire/EMS Department
Primary Department/Agency Name
Maryland Municipal Fire/EMS Service
Years in EMS/Public Safety
25
My Training:
NREMT-P, etc, etc, etc.
BS, Emergency Health Services
Private EMS (Maryland Version)
Private Critical Care Transport (Maryland Version)
Fire-Based Municipal 911
About Me
Opinions expressed are my own, may or may not be politically correct, and are neither necessarily endorsed by, nor reflect those being willingly admitted to by any department or entity performing EMS (in any guise) in the state of Maryland or elsewhere, with which I am currently or formerly affiliated.
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I Love Being in EMS Because
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At 10:20am on July 29, 2011, Michael Lee Reisman Maj-Ret RNNP said…

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To my brother and sister medics out there. It's worth a look see the darker side of contracting overseas. One still has to do what is right

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