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Inside EMS Podcast: The Protocol Monkey Edition

In this week’s episode of Inside EMS, co-host Chris Cebollero invite noted EMS physician, author and medical director Bryan Bledsoe to the show, where we discuss what I wrote about here, ie how strictly EMS protocols should be followed. Chris favors a very narrow view on protocol deviations, whereas Bryan and I both view protocols as guidelines, and believe paramedics ...

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Local Flavor

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Looking for a place to exercise the dogs the other day, my sweetheart and I wandered upon the old sawmill town of Fullerton, just a few miles from the house. Louisiana, and this area in particular, is full of old, abandoned mill towns like this one. Fullerton cut its last log in 1927, and the town died soon thereafter, but ...

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Acadiana Area EMT and Paramedic Refresher

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For my Louisiana and Texas NREMT peeps: I’ll be teaching a transitional refresher for National Registry EMTs and Paramedics, hosted by the Bayouland chapter of the Louisiana Association of Nationally Registered EMTs. The course will be held at the Crowley Fire Department, in Crowley, LA. Cost is $100 for paramedics, free for EMTs. If you need a CPR card as ...

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Inside EMS Podcast: EMTs Behaving Badly Edition

On this week’s episode of Inside EMS, co-host Chris Cebollero and I discuss the latest EMS news and events, including the disgrace to the profession Detroit EMT who couldn’t be bothered to respond to an infant in cardiac arrest. For our Clinical Issue, we discuss vital signs tips and tricks. Check out the show, and let us know what you ...

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Thoughts On The Charleston Shooter

Seems that in the aftermath, states are seriously considering removal of the Confederate Battle Flag (or naval ensign, or whatever you want to call it) from state government grounds, state flags, etc., and retailers are scrambling to remove any association with selling such flags or associated paraphernalia. That’s a good thing. If you want to fly the flag on your ...

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For You Volunteer EMS Types…

… Nancy Magee has a new column up on EMS1. “For some volunteer EMS agencies, failure to evolve and a willingness to lower standards to the lowest common denominator out of desperation to fill the roster are the beginning of the end. Cultural stagnation and a focus on interpersonal dissent and drama are the hallmarks of a dying organization. Low ...

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A Father’s Day Repost

A Love Song For Norman “Get here quick,” the caller had said. “He’s in bad shape.” The voice on the phone had sounded scared, desperate, his words choked with emotion. I push the accelerator to the floor as I weave in and out of traffic, desperate to make it there in time. I pass a Honda Civic by pulling around ...

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Inside EMS Podcast: The Handoff Report

Last week on Inside EMS, we discussed the radio report/pre-arrival notification, and this week, we discuss the bedside hand-off report. Short version: It’s as unique as the patient, and the hospital, and the ED staff. There are a thousand variables. But one good way to approach it is to wait until the entire care team is in the room so ...

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For You EMS Types…

… there’s a new column on EMS1. There’s a fine line between being demanding, and being too demanding. One gets the best out of you and your partner, and the other makes you that guy that no one wants to work with, and who works poorly with you when they do.

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Inside EMS Podcast: The Patient Report

Are your pre-arrival notifications to the hospital short, sweet and to the point, or are they long, rambling affairs resembling selected readings from a Tolstoy novel? Check out co-host Chris Cebollero and I as we talk about what makes a good patient report on Inside EMS.

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LANREMT Educational Conference Begins Today!

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Be there, or be… um, some kind of geometrical shape with four right angles and four equal sides. It’s 300:am right now, and the name escapes me. Come on down to the Ramada Resort in Lafayette and join us! You can register on-site, hear a bunch of excellent speakers (and me) talking about interesting EMS stuff, meet the cast of ...

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Inside EMS Podcast: The Life Is Short Episode

In this week’s episode of Inside EMS, co-host Chris Cebollero and I discuss the latest EMS news and events, including the unusual case of the Hawaiian man speared in the chest by a swordfish. Live your life to the fullest, kiddies, but don’t try jumping into the water to wrestle a swordfish, lest he impale your chest. Death awaits us ...

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Connecticut EMS Expo

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Just got back from the CT EMS Expo, which is an excellent example of the Ray Kinsella Effect: build it and they will come. I lectured at this conference for several years, when it was hosted in Cromwell. The participants were nice, great folks to hang around with, as are most participants at EMS conferences. But the venue and conference ...

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Inside EMS Podcast: Dangers to EMS Providers

In this week’s episode of Inside EMS, co-host Chris Cebollero and I discuss the latest EMS news and events, including violence against EMS providers and the case of a Texas ambulance crew wrecking when the driver fell asleep at the wheel. We’d like to hear your opinion: Is it time to end 48-hour shifts? If you work them and like ...

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