Open Airways

As EMS responders, we witness life events that are both tragic and inspiring. Our experiences reveal the strength of the human spirit and motivate us to achieve greater heights.

Open Airways is a project to collect and record an oral, EMS history. In an ongoing series of podcasts, EMS providers share their most meaningful cases -- sometimes with humor and always with compassion. We hope these stories will improve our practice and inspire a new generation of caregivers.

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Legitimately Billable

November 8, 2010
"One thing that is important is that our organizations be paid for the services that we provide and that we're fairly compensated for the good work that we do." In this podcast, EMS lawyer Doug Wolfberg explains the importance of getting patients to sign the patient authorization form.
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November 1, 2010
"Our patients are not familiar with our medical terms. And so when we talk to them it's important for us to use language that they can understand." EMS director Ginny O'Brien explains the important distinctions between the type of language you may use with your patients in the field, and the type of language that is appropriate to use with the doctors and nurses at the hospital.
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I Need the Blue Thingy

October 25, 2010
"Sometimes us in paramedic, we got all of our tinker toys and our electrical equipment and we forget that it's sometimes simple as a piece of plastic." Paramedic Chuck Dominguez tells Sarah about one of his most memorable calls: his first one.
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The Mobile Environment

October 18, 2010
"What has happened in the past 22, 24 years, since that time is I can now meet people from around the world and find out we have the exact same issues. ... Patients are patients. It doesn't matter where they're from. Physiology and anatomy are the same across the globe." EMS Garage's Chris Montera chats with Liz Neerland about how new technologies and social media are changing the EMS community.
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My Little Town

October 11, 2010
"Those bigger services, [with] a lot of calls, it's a lot harder to have that connection, to follow those people if they're not your frequent fliers or if they're not immediately in your area constantly." Paramedic instructor Brian Coffman shares some memorable stories about working as a paramedic in the small town of Harrison, Arkansas.
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