A few interesting observations from day 1:
First off, 5 hours of sleep combined followed by 2 hours of class, 3 hours of driving continuously, while going from 50% humidity to 3% is a good recipe for being tried and very dehydrated. Also, a spaced out feeling isn’t good when meeting new people.
Next, apparently people in EMS really don’t care about how much they get paid. The EMS on the Hill: What’s Congress up to? had really light attendance, and with Medicare being one of the primary payers for EMS transports, Congress is just slightly an important entity. Also, how many people know about the Field EMS bill that’s currently trying to make it’s way through Congress? Funding for grants, equipment, research, and actually trying to get Medicare to pay for all of the cost for transports instead of significantly less are rather important things.
On the exhibit side, there’s a few interesting product exhibits, tons of ambulances (and plenty, thankfully, with 4 point restraints in the back), and entirely too many booths portable suctions and backboards. Pictures to come tomorrow (when I don’t leave my camera in my car).