Education & Training

Lawyers have told us when and why to be offended. That is why I detest so many Lawyers.

My presentations are created and delivered for real people in the real world.

If you want to know what is really happening in the world and the dangers EMS providers face, and you want to know how to protect yourself from them…then these programs could save your life.

“The cost of education is far less than the expense of litigation.”

On Site Education & Conference Programs – Anywhere in the United States

“Fundamentals of EMS Documentation”
In this very fast-paced session, we examine classic documentation blunders and their potentially devastating consequences. We look at “what” to document and “why,” and you will see that “how” to document is entirely up to you. In a little more than an hour, paramedic turned defense attorney, David Givot, will open your eyes to an easier, smarter, and safer way to document Prehospital care.. 

“Document or Die!”
We examine classic documentation blunders and their potentially devastating consequences. We look at “what” to document and “why,” and you will see that “how” to document is entirely up to you. Throughout this entertaining program, paramedic turned defense attorney, David Givot, will open your eyes to an easier, smarter, and safer way to document Prehospital care. Plus we will also take a comprehensive look at the law and how certain aspects, like negligence, are interpreted into patient care records, from run reports to billing sheets to ER charts.

“Suicide by Social Media”
Social Media outlets like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube have made a big world very, very small. For EMS providers, that world is even smaller. Unfortunately, social media has grown much faster than EMS’ ability to manage it. Photographs, videos, and all types of commentary have opened a Pandora’s Box of legal and ethical problems. In this important session, we look closely at social media and its broad-reaching impact of EMS. We will gather ideas for how to manage and make great use of these new and valuable tools.

“The Law of Perception”
There is a big difference between what we see and what we “think” we see. For EMS providers, that difference can be career-ending. In this fun and enlightening session, you will learn to look at the world through two different lenses: the one that is real and the one that looks real. We will share real-life examples of how “context” – or the lack thereof – makes all the difference in the world and how you can protect yourself from the dangers of misperception.

“The Class A-Medic”
There are only three types of providers: the natural, the striver, and the slacker. This tough, but very necessary, program takes an in-depth look at each of these provider types and challenges participants to identify the one that best describes them. This program combines law, ethics, and self-reflection. Using the laws of EMS as a guide, we will discuss those differences in contrast with the ethics of EMS and how recognizing them is a call to action to improve the delivery of EMS across the nation, one provider at a time.

In addition to the established favorites and new offerings, programs can be created for specific audiences, based on the needs of agencies or conference organizers.

Case review
Pre-Judging the Call
Incomplete Assessment
Invasion of Privacy
Protocol Violation
Failure to Document
Inappropriate Behavior
Unprofessional Conduct

En Route to the Call
At the Scene
During Transport
After the Call
In the Community
And even In Quarters[

Duty & Breach
Negligence & Malpractice
Privacy & Confidentiality
Common Civil actions
Liability & Fault
And many more

Available elements include, but are not limited to…

Not Every Call is an Emergency
Shifting Perspective
EMS’ Role in the Community
Who is the Real Rock Star?
The Reality of Perception
Look Sharp, Act Sharp
Clean Rig on a Rainy Day
You ARE Your Partner

Documenting the P.A.T.I.O.

A.C.T.I.O.N. for refusals

What is good documentation?
What is it not?
Does neatness really count?
Does spelling really count?
It’s a personal of ME?
It can harm the patient?
Why do I care about billing?

Manage Ethical Dilemmas
Understand Personal Duty
Understand “People” Advocacy
Confront Substandard Care
Confront Inappropriate Behavior
Understand Impact of Attitude

Posting videos & photos
Dangers of Facebook & Twitter
Application of the First Amendment
Examples from the news
Long term effects
Managing new trends

Whatever the topics, providers will have a new or renewed understanding of who they are and what they stand for.

More importantly, they will have a solid foundation upon which to build improved patient care, improved morale, improved, community relations… and most of all, greater protection against liability for themselves and the agency for which they work.   

On Site Consulting & Education, Anywhere in the United States

EMS Consulting & Education
Week-by-Week, On Site
Anywhere in the United States

I will travel to your site, ride day and night with your crews, supervisors, and officers to gather a first-hand understanding of the issues and exposures confronting your providers and your agency; I will talk one-on-one with any willing member of the workforce; I will answer questions, provide education, and offer techniques for minimizing legal exposure as well as providing the best possible “People” Care.

I will craft a training program based on what I find and deliver it to your providers.

You will find that my rates are very reasonable and expenses are minimal. And there is no limit to the number of weeks for which I can be hired.

This is not legal advice, this is education and training on issues that, if left unchecked, can lead to costly settlements or devastating litigation.

What I Do… and Why
Since becoming a Paramedic in 1989 and after becoming an Attorney, I have discovered a vast disparity between the Law that is generally taught in EMT or Paramedic school and the actual legal risks and liabilities EMS Professionals face from day to day. The world has become a very dangerous place for EMS providers and I hope to be the bulletproof vest.

In response, I have created a comprehensive and interactive series of lectures for experienced and future EMS Professionals that address the New Legal Realitythat frontline field providers face on a daily basis.

Historically, training programs call on a field provider with little or no legal experience or an attorney with no EMS experience to teach legal issues to an audience unready to receive it. The forced and typically unenthusiastic presentation leads to boredom and very little retained learning.

My programs, on the other hand, draw from my own extensive Paramedic & EMS Management experience and intensive Legal Education to help providers understand their actual exposures as well as to provide tools and techniques for mitigating them – in a language they understand and using terms & examples to which they can easily relate.

The presentations are lively and engaging and invite (but does not require) audience participation.

As one participant put it:

“…it’s better coming from one of our own…”

In my programs, participants learn to recognize how EMS provider responsibilities stretch far beyond showing up for work and providing quality patient care. My programs instill the concept and value of Quality People Care.