The EMSARN podcasts series is intended to inform the EMS community and complement our research. We titled this series "I'm just an ambulance driver" to highlight the fact that EMS is much more complicated than simply driving an ambulance.
I invite everyone to listen and take these discussions back to your organization, station, or firehouse. We hope they are informative and stimulating. Provide feedback anytime!
EMSARN Project Coordinator
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine:
Department of Emergency Medicine Research
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EMSARN's Podcast Series:
#31: Keys to the Kingdom: EMS Providers Fix Teamwork
What would you do if you were tasked with improving teamwork at your EMS service? If your recommendation would become organizational policy, what improvement would you make? We asked some EMTs and Paramedics from around the nation just that. Take the chance and use the following prompt to ask the providers at your organization, see what they would recommend.
#30: Partnership: "My greatest fear..."
Teamwork is a necessity in EMS to ensure the safety of patients and providers, but what happens when you have never worked with someone before? We interviewed multiple EMS providers so they could help us complete the sentence: "My greatest fear when working with a new partner is____".
"The newly released PittAETool is the result of research into how adverse events are detected in the aeromedical setting. How do EMS physicians review their own EMS services, and would a standardized practice help?"
"How much sleep in enough sleep? Listen to our interivew with Dr. Shelia Roth, Ph.D, EMT. In part 2 we look at correlations of sleep and stress, and ways to improve your sleep while at home, as well as ways to maintain your family life in the face of stress."
"How does stress affect EMS providers? Listen to our interivew with Dr. Shelia Roth, Ph.D, EMT. In part 1 we look at stress manifestations and coping mechanism in EMS providers Dr. Roth is a liscensed social worker and Department Chair of Social Work at Carlow University who has long researched public safety providers and their families."
Textbook articles on stress response of public safety providers:
Life Style and Health Research ISBN 978-1-60456-425-9
Editors: M. R. Blakely et al., pp. © 2008 Nova Science Publishers, Inc.
The qualitative work is published as an article In: Prehosp Emerg Care. 2009 Oct-Dec;13(4):462-8. doi: 10.1080/10903120903144791.
Work-family fit: the impact of emergency medical services work on the family system. Roth SG, Moore CD.
#25: Sleep & Fatigue: The Legal Side
#24: EVENT: An Interview with Gary Wingrove
#23: Shift Length: An Interview with an Expert
#22: Shift Length: The Long and Short from EMS Providers, Part 2
Length: 4:45 mins
#21: Shift Length: The Long and Short from EMS Providers, Part 1
Length: 7:30 mins
#20: EMS Provider Teamwork: Stories from Medical Directors, Part 2
Length= 5:30 mins
#19: EMS Provider Teamwork: Stories from Medical Directors, Part 1
Length= 6:00 mins
#18: Teamwork: Physician Expectations of EMS
Length = 7:50 mins
#17: Teamwork: A Discussion with EMS Field Providers
Length = 7:34 mins
#16: Teamwork: An Interview with Expert Dr. Eduardo Salas
Length = 7:25 mins
Link to more information about Dr. Eduardo Salas - leading authority in teamwork measurement.
#15: Value of Feedback in Quality & Safety: Field Provider Perspectives
Length = 7:00 mins
#14: Value of Feedback in Quality & Safety: Agency Director Perspectives
Length = 8:10 mins
#13: Value of Feedback in Quality & Safety:Medical Director Perspectives
Length = 7:30 mins
#12: Attitude and Safety: An Interview of Terry Mathis
Length = 6:00 mins
#11: Perspectives on Vehicle Safety
Length = 7:09 mins
Publications referenced in podcast:
#10: Insights on Safety Culture from Field Providers
Length = 6:02 mins
#9: Workplace Safety from the Provider's Perspective
Length = 6:46 mins
#8: Working Time in the UK and European Union
Length = 5.5 mins
Information provided by the European Commission on the Working Time Directive
- Department for Business, Innovation, and Skills on the UK
- Example Schedules for UK and European Union Working Times (below)
#7: Safety Culture in EMS: Revisited
Length = ~6.5 mins
#6: New Hires and Organizational Culture
Length = ~8 mins
Information about interviewee Jennifer Streeter:
Information about the newly hired RN (nursing) study mentioned in the podcast.
- Link to a related review article not mentioned in the podcast, but quite relevant and interesting: "The Impact of Culture Change on Nurse Retention."
- Placeholder for future link to EMS Safety Culture Study to be published in Prehospital Emergency Care, October 2010.
#5: Sleep and Fatigue in EMS 2.0
Length= ~5 Minutes
#4: Sleep and Fatigue in EMS
Length = ~9 mins
Sleep study published in Prehospital Emergency Care and mentioned in the podcast
Sleep study led by Dr. Dickinson -- effects of 36 hour sleep deprivation
#3: Turnover & Cost in EMS 2.0
Length = ~13 mins
#2: Safety Culture in EMS
Length = ~29 mins
For more information about our interviewees, please visit the following links:
- The Institute for Healthcare Improvement's (IHI) Open School for Health Professions Online Courses. This is a great and FREE resource for training and education in safety and quality improvement.
- Mr. Terry Mathis and ProAct Safety
- Dr. Deb Potter's safety consulting firm
- The Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS)
- Abstract for the recently published article on EMS Safety Culture
- National EMS Advisory Council (NEMSAC)
#1: Turnover & Cost in EMS
Length = ~12 mins