INFO 281 Post 4: No Justice No EMS

In the wake of the surprising results of 2016’s presidential election, from which Donald J. Trump emerged as President-Elect, protests and demonstrations have been taking place throughout the country. On November 15, one week after Election Day, a report of anti-Trump protestors blocking an ambulance—with fatal results—began to circulate on social media. The report, which appears to be a screenshot of a Facebook private message, claims that the message’s author was transporting a patient, the father of a 4 year-old girl, when the ambulance was blocked from reaching its destination by a group of anti-Trump protesters, resulting in the death of the patient. The message in its entirety reads:

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Information in the Go-bag

This post was originally written for the third blog post assignment of the class INFO281, Fall 2016.  It was revised and updated May 2017.

This week’s guest speaker from the National Library of Medicine’s Disaster Health division highlighted the need for information in one’s go-bag, and specifically having a “digital go-bag” on a mobile device where one can store disaster health apps for easy access.  This got me thinking about the place of information in a go-bag for more routine EMS operations than a large-scale disaster, and so I thought for this unit’s post I would go through my personal go-bag (that I use when I am not working with an agency that has their own equipment) with the aim of

1. seeing how information fits in, and
2. identifying possible ways to further incorporate information into my go-bag.

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This blog contains mostly essays about various LIS- or EMS-related things.  Posts for a specific class (e.g. INFO 281, Crisis and Disaster Health Informatics), will be categorized by course code (i.e. INFO 281).  LIS-related things will go in the category Lisemily and EMS-related things go in the category Diesel Therapy.  The Off Topic category denotes posts inspired by a class, but not in response to a specific assignment or activity. Posts that follow up on a previous post are, predictably, found in the Follow Up category, and reviews of platforms and services are, also predictably, filed under the category Reviews.