I've made no bones about the fact that I think EMS is in trouble here in Massachusetts.
Until now, I've directed my opprobrium squarely at the people running the show here in the Commonwealth.
But sometimes we do it to ourselves.
An EMS "training" facility (and I use that term loooooooosely) is advertising a 20-day EMT-Basic course.
Let that sink in for a bit.
Not even a month.
Not even 75 percent of a month.
How many other states in this country can you be, say, waiting tables at a Chili's today and in less than three weeks be listening to lung sounds?
Worse still, if the Powers That Be in Boston have their way, that same EMT graduate of almost 21 days of hard training will also insert an advanced, invasive airway device like the King LT.
It's a Shake and Bake disaster waiting to happen.
20 days....advanced airway devices.....some days it's enough to make me want to do something else for a living, and remove the numbers "9" and "1" from the phones of people I love.
Hoist on His Own Petard
1 week ago