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Are Justin & Mark the 21st Century Gage & DeSoto?

SPEND MOST OF THE WEEKEND WISHING I WAS IN SAN FRANCISCO. 

Friday night was the world premiere of Episode 1 of the Chronicles of EMS. It covered the visit of Mark Glencourse, a Paramedic team leader for the north east ambulance service based in Newcastle upon Tyne and author of the 999Medic blog, with Justin Schorr, a San Francisco firefighter/paramedic who is know to many as The Happy Medic.

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This adventure started almost a year ago, with Mark and Justin comparing their different ems systems through their blogs. Two other paramedics, with experience in filmaking, raised the discussion to a higher level. They documented Mark’s visit to San Francisco.

Thaddeus Setla completed a documentary about Alameda County EMS, LEVEL ZERO. For Chronicles of EMS Setla used four high definition cameras. For reasons unknown to me, Justin and Mark kept referring to Setla as the “Jedi Master.”

Chris Montera is Colorado based paramedic who functioned as the producer for the Chronicles project. Montera is CEO/Producer and Host for EMS Garage, EMS Leadership and is the Producer of EMS Educast podcasts.

HOTEL FRANK

The world premiere was in an eclectic Union Square hotel with wi-fi installed a week earler. Like many emergency service adventures, this event worked on a short lead time, with just-in-time (or a little late) deliveries. Watching the streaming video, the 60+ attendees seemed giddy before the showing and tipsy after the premiere.

justin4The episode was stunning, an example of REAL reality TV. Interesting people telling compelling stories rich in texture. It helps that Justin and Mark are photogenic and articulate.

I enjoyed the interaction between Justin and Mark. During the week they were filming, both posted blog updates, Thaddeus set up a facebook fan page, and a couple of dozen ems-oriented bloggers/tweeters commented on the adventure.

For some of us, the premiere finally allowed us to see the stories we read about months ago.

TWO THEMES

The first is the difference in transport options, UK does not HAVE to transport every patient encountered.

The second is that there is no charge for ambulance service in the UK. The concept that access to emergency care would be affected by the ability to pay really troubled Mark, providing a moving final scene in the movie. Glencourse

There also was a hilarious short where they acted out Mark’s perception of United States ems. Can see Zoll working on the credit card option for the 12-lead. The paramedic can swipe the credit card to process the ambulance payment before the leads are connected to the patient.

SOCIAL MEDIA

On Saturday afternoon, Setla and company set up two additional episodes.  Roundtable discussion about the Seat At The Table, sort of a “what’s next” discussion of the impact of the process in getting Episode 1 completed, changes in the paramedic profession (EMS 2.0) and a new generation of ems “true believers.:

The final episode was a round table on the impact of Social Media on EMS. Covered public education, training, HIPPA and quality improvement.

Justin and Mark will be at the EMS Today conference in Baltimore, March 4-6. Details will eventually be posted on the Chronicles web site.

Mike “FossilMedic” Ward

Comments - Add Yours

  • Clem Kadiddlehoffer

    The article states,”The second is that there is no charge for ambulance service in the UK. The concept that access to emergency care would be affected by the ability to pay really troubled Mark, providing a moving final scene in the movie.”

    It sounds nice saying there's 'no charge' for ambulance service, but someone is footing the bill … nothing is free. I imagine that the hard working taxpayers are paying the freight for all of those who for whatever reason can't or don't pay. Pretty much the same thing that goes on in the USA.

  • http://www.999medic.com Medic999

    Again Sir, Thank you for all of your support.

    It was an honour to have you take one of the seats 'at the table' in the chat room this afternoon with us. Maybe when we start our travels, we can have you along to actually sit at the table for an episode?

    Exciting times!!

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  • http://www.999medic.com Medic999

    Hi Clem,

    You are of course right that someone pays for it. After all nothing is truly free!
    Everyone who is employment pays a part of their salary for 'national insurance' which is what pays for their healthcare needs whenever they have them.

    The main difference is that the more wealthy you are the more you pay, as the percentage stays the same. So, its not really free care for all, but it certainly takes a much much smaller amount out of our pay packet than it does out of yours.

  • Just Some Explorer

    As the title states “Are Justin & Mark the 21st Century Gage & DeSoto?” I argue yes, yes they are. The real question then becomes, who is who? ;p

    Even as a lowly explorer (EMS education = CPR/AED cert. by AHA), and seeing what commonly happens day in and dayout for “emergencies,” I know something will change in the future for the better of EMS. CoEMS is just the “fire starter” fuel of the flames of change. Justin and Mark, are the spark plugs that will keep it alit.

  • Clem Kadiddlehoffer

    The article states,”The second is that there is no charge for ambulance service in the UK. The concept that access to emergency care would be affected by the ability to pay really troubled Mark, providing a moving final scene in the movie.”

    It sounds nice saying there's 'no charge' for ambulance service, but someone is footing the bill … nothing is free. I imagine that the hard working taxpayers are paying the freight for all of those who for whatever reason can't or don't pay. Pretty much the same thing that goes on in the USA.

  • http://www.999medic.com Medic999

    Again Sir, Thank you for all of your support.

    It was an honour to have you take one of the seats 'at the table' in the chat room this afternoon with us. Maybe when we start our travels, we can have you along to actually sit at the table for an episode?

    Exciting times!!

  • http://www.999medic.com Medic999

    Hi Clem,

    You are of course right that someone pays for it. After all nothing is truly free!
    Everyone who is employment pays a part of their salary for 'national insurance' which is what pays for their healthcare needs whenever they have them.

    The main difference is that the more wealthy you are the more you pay, as the percentage stays the same. So, its not really free care for all, but it certainly takes a much much smaller amount out of our pay packet than it does out of yours.

  • Just Some Explorer

    As the title states “Are Justin & Mark the 21st Century Gage & DeSoto?” I argue yes, yes they are. The real question then becomes, who is who? ;p

    Even as a lowly explorer (EMS education = CPR/AED cert. by AHA), and seeing what commonly happens day in and dayout for “emergencies,” I know something will change in the future for the better of EMS. CoEMS is just the “fire starter” fuel of the flames of change. Justin and Mark, are the spark plugs that will keep it alit.