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Hey you! Under the rock! CoEMS premieres Friday!

Egads in less than a week the much anticipated (by me at least) reality series premiere Chronicles of EMS will debut live both online and in San Francisco.

The festivities will begin on at 4 PM Pacific and the show will be shown LIVE at 5. Before and after we will have interviews with cast and crew, outtakes, PSAs, dancing bears, you name it.

OK, maybe not the bears.

But Ted Setla and the Chronicles Team… Continue

Posted on February 6, 2010 at 8:56pm

Chronicles of EMS Premiere event announced!

Hidden within the brand new Chronicles of EMS website, under the participate tab is a new community unique to the CoEMS experience. Inside this community is the premiere event date and time for the pilot episode of the Chronicles of EMS.

For those unfamiliar with the Chronicles of EMS Reality series, check out my blog and my associate/accomplice Mark Glencorse at After you… Continue

Posted on January 6, 2010 at 6:42pm

The Chronicles of EMS continues

Hey all, it was an exciting year for EMS in 2009! not only has our young Profession taken big steps towards acting like a Profession, but we're using social media like JEMS Connect to share ideas in real time. I hope you've been following the updates about the Chronicles of EMS, a new EMS reality series by Ted Setla, a film maker and Paramedic.

The pilot episode follows myself and Paramedic Mark Glencorse as we exchanged ideas across the Atlantic in an International Paramedic… Continue

Posted on January 2, 2010 at 10:58am — 1 Comment

That would be cool - EMS 2.0 gets technical

I've been talking a bit over at HMHQ about something I call "EMS 2.0." This idea is still developing, but it centers around giving the care givers on the front lines more training and more choices instead of automatically defaulting to an ambulance to the hospital. Many groups are trying similar systems, most notable Wake County's Advanced Practice Paramedic Program, mentioned many times here at JEMS Connect.

But EMS 2.0 also… Continue

Posted on August 8, 2009 at 9:10pm — 11 Comments

BLS better than ALS?

I've been told recently that Paramedics have a very slim save percentage in cardiac arrest, very similar to BLS efforts. These persons then make the blind jump to a conclusion that ALS is no better than BLS.

I asked him to expand this conclusion to non cardiac arrest scenarios and was told that those are easy treat and transport calls.

But who treats?

Maybe it's true Paramedics don't have a good save rate in cardiac arrest. How is the hospital's record? We don't do well… Continue

Posted on June 21, 2009 at 12:05am — 7 Comments

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At 1:15pm on January 2, 2010, aaron said…
just came bye to say hi & how are you doing ? &i'm an emt -b from va & be safe out there
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