Louisville Metro EMS Targets Veterans For Training

For the first time, Louisville Metro EMS is targeting veterans for its next EMT training academy. “They’re disciplined. They understand chain of command. They understand direct order. They understand protocol and process,” said Jennifer Maupin, the personnel coordinator with LMEMS. She’s also an Army veteran. The idea is partly a response to the EMS agency’s […]

Louisville EMS Program Saves Money, Provides Better Care

Nationwide, ten percent of emergency room visits are non-urgent. People call 911 or go to the hospital for ailments that could be cured at a doctor’s office or clinic. A majority of these patients are on Medicaid or are uninsured, and their ER visits drive up healthcare costs. That makes them the target audience for […]

Merger Report Recommends Metro Government Consider In-Depth Review

The government consulting firm that released last week’s Metro Government merger report says the city may benefit from a more in-depth audit. Public Works, LLC came into Metro Government’s $30,000 grant-funded project with an open mind, said senior consultant Marion Reitz. After 100 hours of research, the report affirmed many issues already being discussed in […]

Louisville Metro EMS Responds to Recent Activity

Louisville Metro EMS is changing the way it tracks and handles patient medications. This comes after two EMS employees were accused of mishandling drugs. Now the agency will tighten its processes in response, but will still rely on the trust of its employees. When EMS personnel prescribe medication to a patient, employees are expected to […]

Fire and EMS Continue to Look for Common Ground in Subcommittee

Louisville’s Merger 2.0 Task Force subcommittee on fire and EMS met on Tuesday. As the Oct. 1 deadline for recommendations nears, the two departments are struggling to find common ground. The subcommittee meeting was at times contentious. Fire and EMS have different opinions on how to proceed with the conversation about possible changes to either […]

Heat Stroke Requires Emergency Assistance

After a southern-Indiana teen died of heat stroke last week, questions arose about the accusation that he was denied treatment at an immediate care center.  According to accounts, the boy’s stepfather took him to the Norton Immediate Care Center in Lyndon before calling EMS at the center’s advisement. A Norton Spokesperson said this week that […]

Fire and EMS Discuss Efficiency and Effectiveness

The Louisville Merger 2.0 fire and EMS subcommittee met for over two hours on Monday. It began with a presentation by Louisville Metro EMS. It highlighted the agency’s use of new technology and its increased revenue over the past few years. But the agency still relies on fire departments to be first responders, said Walter […]

Emergency Medicine

It makes for heartstopping TV drama: the ambulance screeching through dark streets, the patient arriving at the ER and being whisked inside under the frenzied but sure hands of doctors and nurses. In the real world, a trip to the ER is often less enthralling and can entail long wait times and lots of folks with non-urgent runny noses. Though the emergency medical system strives to be a well-oiled machine, underfunding and overcrowding can lead to mistakes & inefficiency. Listen to the Show