Posted by: medicblog999 | October 29, 2009

A Flaw in EMS 2.0?

star_of_lifeSomething occurred to me last night whilst at work.

I was getting some comments in on my last post, all of which were very positive and flattering. I was expecting a couple of people to ‘bring me back to reality’ but that hasn’t happened yet.

So, I got to thinking.

Almost by definition, if you write and EMS blog, you are going to be passionate about the work that you do. You have to be, or else you are just plain mad to put so much time in above and beyond what you ‘have’ to do for your day job.

Equally, if you are in the profession already and you choose to read various musings and thoughts from colleagues around the world, then you too have a certain love for the job also.

Even those that comment or blog in a negative way, must still have a passion about what they do, otherwise they wouldn’t take the time to put opposing views forward all of the time.

One of the major forced behind EMS 2.0 is the use of social networking and new media to join together so many like minded individuals to create a group force for change. However, are we all just preaching to the converted?

No matter how much we like to think our movement is gaining momentum (which it definitely is), we will always be a minority in our services. There will always be more people who are not quite as passionate, and are maybe quite happy to come to work, do what they have to, get their pay check and go home without a care in the world.

As Ambulance Driver states, it is the views of the idealistic dreaming few that can create change, however, we need to bring the majority along with us.

Therefore the question is how we get the message out, in a meaningful way, which will start the change process. How do we reach the EMS staff that don’t read blogs, pick up trade journals, go to EMS Expo, or even want to think more deeply than just dealing with the patient in front of them?

Surely that is going to be one of the biggest challenges that we face.

Or am I wrong?

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Responses

  1. Maybe publish a printed magazine? One that could be read in break-rooms?

  2. It's hard to enthuse someone who can't be bothered to be enthused.

  3. Mark, I believe the good old fashioned word of mouth will be our tool. I'd say 1/4 of the people I work with are passionate about making things better. That means if they work with someone on the ambulance, they have access to another 1/4 of the workforce.If we can be civil, back up our recommendations with facts and make a good impression, that 1/4 becomes 1/2 exposed to the new ideas.Maybe it's just as easy as saying “Be a happy medic!” as the doors to the ambulance close. when they ask what that means, I tell them “google it.”Or perhaps a web series about the challenges all EMS providers face. If only we could find a film maker…

  4. Preaching to the converted? Well, yea… probably. Although there's the chance that people might read us for entertainment value. It's why I try to write with a modicum of humor in the hope that it'll help draw in any of the uninitiated.I think that we have drawn in a lot of people, but there's tens of thousands more of the almost initiated, and then hundreds of thousands of the even less initiated.How do we reach them?I like the idea of a printed magazine, more probably like a newsletter. However, there's supposed to be exposure in JEMS on the whole FireEMSblogs network. EMS 2.0 should be a component of that.

  5. Mark, I believe the good old fashioned word of mouth will be our tool. I'd say 1/4 of the people I work with are passionate about making things better. That means if they work with someone on the ambulance, they have access to another 1/4 of the workforce.If we can be civil, back up our recommendations with facts and make a good impression, that 1/4 becomes 1/2 exposed to the new ideas.Maybe it's just as easy as saying “Be a happy medic!” as the doors to the ambulance close. when they ask what that means, I tell them “google it.”Or perhaps a web series about the challenges all EMS providers face. If only we could find a film maker…

  6. Preaching to the converted? Well, yea… probably. Although there's the chance that people might read us for entertainment value. It's why I try to write with a modicum of humor in the hope that it'll help draw in any of the uninitiated.I think that we have drawn in a lot of people, but there's tens of thousands more of the almost initiated, and then hundreds of thousands of the even less initiated.How do we reach them?I like the idea of a printed magazine, more probably like a newsletter. However, there's supposed to be exposure in JEMS on the whole FireEMSblogs network. EMS 2.0 should be a component of that.

  7. http://ems2.org is supposed to compel a wide range of people from the general public to world leaders to reform EMS. We need the public's support after all it's the general public that needs EMS.

  8. How about just leading by example? I've worked with some medics that have been doing this job longer than I have been able to grow hair on my pink bits. They still love the job and it shows. They read the magazines, they attend the conferences and they pass on wisdom to us lowly EMTs who can only hope to be that wise one day. Those are the medics who will stay at the top of their game. They are the ones you want showing up at your doorstep when your family member needs ALS treatment and those are the same medics you want in the classrooms training new EMTs. Attitude is contagious. Show 'em how it's done. Sooner or later we'll weed out the negativity and it'll be sunshine, roses and long windy walks on the beach 🙂

  9. How about just leading by example? I've worked with some medics that have been doing this job longer than I have been able to grow hair on my pink bits. They still love the job and it shows. They read the magazines, they attend the conferences and they pass on wisdom to us lowly EMTs who can only hope to be that wise one day. Those are the medics who will stay at the top of their game. They are the ones you want showing up at your doorstep when your family member needs ALS treatment and those are the same medics you want in the classrooms training new EMTs. Attitude is contagious. Show 'em how it's done. Sooner or later we'll weed out the negativity and it'll be sunshine, roses and long windy walks on the beach 🙂

  10. You don't for the most part. As in any area of endeavor the majority of people are followers. They will pretty much go with the flow of things. The hard part is to get the people who make pass the laws, make the regulations, and determine protocols to decide to change how EMS is operated in this country.

  11. I just read the book “Resuscitate” written by Mickey Eisenberg M.D. Ph.D., EMS medical director for King County and what should I say… yes, there is time for a change.In my opinion we shouldn’t spend too much time in “recalibrating” the “dinosaurs” of our business.It’s just time-consuming and nerve-racking. A prophet has no honor in his own country… this is an experience many of us had to make.But we all know that history has shown what happens to individuals who haven’t been able to adapt themselves to new situations and environments. Every year a new generation of EMTs and paramedics starts their career in EMS and there are innovative medical directors, educators, field instructors, etc. who can spread the seed of EMS 2.0.This unpolluted new generation is mainly open-minded, enthusiastic, motivated, combined with a high level of idealism… exactly in the condition that is important for people who wants to change a rusty system. This condition has to be sustained and promoted.There is one important thing that I noticed while reading blogs, articles in Facebook, Google-groups, tweets etc. … the challenges in EMS are quite the same all around the world.So what is really the core of EMS 2.0?I think it is quite easy to answer… open-minded professionals who (are able to) take a look over the rim.That is exactly what we are doing here. But there is one thing we always have to remember… the real EMS world is not online; so we have to bring our thoughts, behaviors and networks offline … when we reach this aim it will start being a movement… someday.Stay patient…The Swissmedic

  12. I just read the book “Resuscitate” written by Mickey Eisenberg M.D. Ph.D., EMS medical director for King County and what should I say… yes, there is time for a change.In my opinion we shouldn’t spend too much time in “recalibrating” the “dinosaurs” of our business.It’s just time-consuming and nerve-racking. A prophet has no honor in his own country… this is an experience many of us had to make.But we all know that history has shown what happens to individuals who haven’t been able to adapt themselves to new situations and environments. Every year a new generation of EMTs and paramedics starts their career in EMS and there are innovative medical directors, educators, field instructors, etc. who can spread the seed of EMS 2.0.This unpolluted new generation is mainly open-minded, enthusiastic, motivated, combined with a high level of idealism… exactly in the condition that is important for people who wants to change a rusty system. This condition has to be sustained and promoted.There is one important thing that I noticed while reading blogs, articles in Facebook, Google-groups, tweets etc. … the challenges in EMS are quite the same all around the world.So what is really the core of EMS 2.0?I think it is quite easy to answer… open-minded professionals who (are able to) take a look over the rim.That is exactly what we are doing here. But there is one thing we always have to remember… the real EMS world is not online; so we have to bring our thoughts, behaviors and networks offline … when we reach this aim it will start being a movement… someday.Stay patient…The Swissmedic

  13. I just read the book “Resuscitate” written by Mickey Eisenberg M.D. Ph.D., EMS medical director for King County and what should I say… yes, there is time for a change.In my opinion we shouldn’t spend too much time in “recalibrating” the “dinosaurs” of our business.It’s just time-consuming and nerve-racking. A prophet has no honor in his own country… this is an experience many of us had to make.But we all know that history has shown what happens to individuals who haven’t been able to adapt themselves to new situations and environments. Every year a new generation of EMTs and paramedics starts their career in EMS and there are innovative medical directors, educators, field instructors, etc. who can spread the seed of EMS 2.0.This unpolluted new generation is mainly open-minded, enthusiastic, motivated, combined with a high level of idealism… exactly in the condition that is important for people who wants to change a rusty system. This condition has to be sustained and promoted.There is one important thing that I noticed while reading blogs, articles in Facebook, Google-groups, tweets etc. … the challenges in EMS are quite the same all around the world.So what is really the core of EMS 2.0?I think it is quite easy to answer… open-minded professionals who (are able to) take a look over the rim.That is exactly what we are doing here. But there is one thing we always have to remember… the real EMS world is not online; so we have to bring our thoughts, behaviors and networks offline … when we reach this aim it will start being a movement… someday.Stay patient…The Swissmedic


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