Face, Arm, Speech, Time (FAST) public awareness campaigns improve stroke recognition in the general population. Whether this translates into improved emergency medical services (EMS) activation remains unclear. We assessed the effect of five consecutive FAST campaigns on EMS calls for suspected strokes in Quebec, Canada.
Kerri Hatt, editor-in-chief of EMS 1, and Anthony Minge, Senior Partner with Fitch & Associates, discuss the 2021 EMS Trend Report, including what insights and markers have changed since the 2020 report and which ones haven't.
There are many recent articles published
in scientific literature on the topic of
work-related stress. However, these
studies focus on the effects of stress
on the workers and not on the impact
that stress could have on their work
performancemore specifically on the
calltaker’s (emergency dispatcher (ED))
performance and consequently on the
whole Emergency Medical Service (EMS).
Kari Dickerson, firefighter, paramedic, and Director of Diversity and Membership for the National EMS Museum, discusses Freedom House Ambulance Service, one of the first ever EMS programs, and its influence on modern emergency medicine...
Acute stroke is one of the five time-dependent conditions (first hour quintet, FHQ) that emergency medical services (EMS) must manage better and faster; early identification and treatment are critical to reduce both immediate damage and long-term disability. For Emergency Medical Communication Centers, the rapid and accurate identification of stroke patients is the challenge to be won in the coming years. The main objective of this study is to evaluate the ability of Emergency Medical Dispatchers (EMDs) and rescuers to rapidly and...