Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. I have heard that many times and I guess that goes for EMS imitation as well. I have a great article here that is an interview with the Bulgarian health minister and she is getting ready to go with a delegation from Bulgaria to head over and meet with health ministers from Israel. One of their goals is to bring some facets of the Israeli EMS system back to their country and provide better emergency care for their people.
They talk about how advanced the Israeli emergency response system is and how their paramedics are trained. All that is important because it gives Bulgaria the opportunity to improve their emergency response system and emergency health care system. How else are systems around the world supposed to improve except by learning from successful emergency medical services systems.
I know there are many many U.S. medics around the world training and educating new emergency medical technicians and paramedics in these communities to provide healthcare services and emergency treatment and transport. In those situations, you know they’re copying our system. There are other systems out there that deserve recognition for innovation as well.
Bulgaria is saying that Israel is one of them and I have to concur. Israel has an amazing responder system and their paramedics are trained very highly. I have a lot of respect for the Israeli paramedics I’ve met and I hope I get to meet many more in the future. It’s one of the benefits to visiting the major conferences here in the U.S. and other places. You get to meet EMS professionals from around the world. I love to hear about their EMS systems and get to speak with them face to face.
Other EMS Systems’ Lessons
I would urge you to read the entire interview. The article has it broken out there in a transcript form. See what the Bulgarian health minister has to say about what’s going to happen there. They are planning to bring consultants back with them to help with training and system changes.
We do this here United States just by having somebody from a neighboring jurisdiction come in and look at some of the problems we’re having. Perhaps they have a novel approach to solving that issue. There is nothing wrong with bringing somebody in to the system from time to time and see what’s broken and what needs fixing. That’s the way we improve folks and improvement happens in little increments over time. We can always be looking for ways to improve. It’s great to see that Bulgaria and their EMS system feels the same way.
Follow up on the links for this news item and the additional resources in this episode’s shownotes — Amiodarone Reviewed and Episode 301.