Friday, February 12, 2010

EMS Lessons to Be Learned in Continental Plane Crash Ruling

In response to the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) verdict on the Continental Express plane crash that killed 50 people last year, an NTSB investigator stated that “the crew did not perform in a way consistent with the training they received.” This is shocking because EMS training is at the foundation of quality emergency care. Although continuing EMS education may be time consuming or costly, making sure you have the most up to date EMS training is crucial. Although failures in EMS may not be as drastic as the Continental plane crash, proper training can save lives and ensure that such failures are few and far between. How can you afford not to continue your education and training?

Continuing education and EMS training can be as simple as organizing an article sharing group, or arranging for a guest speaker to speak at a small conference with others in the EMS field. This can help you to keep up to date on advances in the EMS community while creating a supportive networking group.