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EMS Week – Ready Today. Prepare for Tomorrow.
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By Member Joyce Shry
May 15, 2020

National EMS Week is May 17 – 23, 2020. The theme this year is “Ready Today. Prepare for Tomorrow.”

Volunteer EMS clinicians continue to serve on the front-lines of our nation’s battle against COVID-19. Despite the challenges of this crisis, we stand ready to respond to every call and to care for our communities and patients. Through the latest training, planning and personal sacrifices, we prepare for the unknown that we face tomorrow and in the future.

From our rural communities with little health care services to larger cities teeming with humanity, our dedicated EMS clinicians provide IMMEDIATE care during a health crisis. Our trained EMS clinicians volunteer to work around the clock to make sure care is available quickly and are of the highest caliber.

One of the best things about EMS is the people you meet. This is where multi-generations come together and learn from each other. On the face of it, our younger and older volunteers do not have much in common, other than a commitment to community service and an appreciation for EMS. But, through shared experiences, challenges and successes while answering calls for help, many forge a deep bond and a lasting friendship.

Many people still think of EMS as simply ambulances responding with lights and sirens. It is important for the public to understand that EMS is not a ride to the hospital; it’s HEALTHCARE! There is no doubt that EMS is in a transition period, much like all of healthcare. The future calls for an EMS system that provides community based health management that is fully integrated with the overall healthcare system.

People want close, convenient, unscheduled and people-centered care. EMS is now showing that we can play a larger role in fixing some of the systemic problems our communities face, from homelessness, to chronic illness to an overburdened emergency health system.

So, what is the value for EMS? It is an opportunity to be part of the greater healthcare team. By utilizing a mobile-first communications platform, the EMS clinician is now empowered to build a patient channel and connect with other care providers seamlessly. The result: streamlined communication and workflows, improved operational efficiencies, tangible cost savings, a significant reduction in treatment times and better patient outcomes. It is about people.

In the near future, EMS will instantly communicate in real-time with different specialists to better meet the needs of the patient, playing an integral role in the greater healthcare ecosystem as we move to an out-of-hospital clinical model.

Would you like to become part of this change? Sign up to volunteer today!

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