EMS shortages, cut more medics is obviously the answer.

So there is a shortages of medics and instead of figuring out ways to recruit and keep more medics it seems the trend is just to reduce the amount of paramedics. I found this article on an EMS blog and think it is a breath of fresh air.

“I think this from a clinical standpoint, this is the right next move for the community,” he said. “I think it’ll make a real big difference in our ability to provide quality care to that next level in our community.

So now instead of having two medics on an ambulance in Austin they will reduce it to one medic per als unit. The idea being that since medics will be performing more of their skills on their own they will become better at it. I don’t necessarily think having only one medic per ambulance is a bad thing. What I do have a problem with is the spin that is put on things when cutting EMS staff.

We are just as important as other public safety sectors but too often we are first on the chopping block when it comes to budget cuts.

To paraphrase Chief Justice Roberts in the Ricci case, “The best way to deal with a shortage of ambulances is to provide more ambulances.” The answer to a shortage of ambulances is not to provide more fire trucks just as the answer to a shortage of electricians is not to send plumbers.

Check out the article in the following link:

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