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Calling All Shooters!

So, who’s up for another Shooter Self Care course at the NRA Annual Meeting in Nashville? Same story as last year; wound care and first aid targeted to shooters, taught by shooters with EMS and medical expertise. Length about four hours, cost around $100, basically to cover refreshments and the cost of your own personal blowout kit. Date still negotiable, ...

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Inside EMS Podcast: Are Mistakes Inevitable in EMS?

On this week’s episode of Inside EMS, EMS1 columnist Steve Whitehead and I duke it out with co-host Chris Cebollero and EMS1 Editor in Chief Greg Friese over whether mistakes are inevitable in EMS. Are they? Does accepting the fact that mistakes happen equate to condoning them? Does your QI process treat medical errors as teachable moments, or as grounds ...

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Thought Exercise For The EMS Educators

Who’s your ideal EMT student? In terms of aptitude, attitude and motivation, what type of student would you like to have? Here’s mine: Female, late twenties to mid-thirties. Some college education, perhaps a degree, but in a non-healthcare field. At least one kid. In a stable relationship or a marriage. Oh, and she plans to become a volunteer EMT. So ...

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Inside EMS Goes Live Tomorrow Night!

Live show starts at 5:00 pm CST Monday, December 29.  Chris Cebollero and I will have back on some of our most popular guests, and discuss the biggest EMS news stories of 2014. Call in number is 917-889-8016, or join us in chat on Blogtalk Radio!

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Merry Christmas!

Luke 2: 7-14 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field , keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came ...

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Happy Blogiversary To Me!

Got distracted yesterday, and missed my eighth blogiversary. On December 23, 2006, I put up my very first blog post. That was over 3 million visits, 4.5 million page views, thousands of comments, and 2,192 blog posts ago. I’ve enjoyed every step of the way, and you guys reading is what makes it fun. Many thanks.

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Inside EMS Podcast: The Live Show!

For you fans of the Inside EMS podcast, I’ve got a special treat for you. Inside EMS will have a live, year-end show on Blogtalk Radio on Monday, December 29 at 5:00 pm CST. We’ll revisit the top EMS news of 2014, bring back some of your favorite guests, and entertain questions from callers. Please join us on Blogtalk Radio ...

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Good Advice

Overheard on an EMS Facebook page: Question: “I’m an EMT about to start paramedic school. Any advice?” Answer: “Yes, stay the hell off EMS Facebook pages.” That’s damned good advice. To quote Obi Wan Kenobi, “Mos Eisley spaceport EMS Facebook pages. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy dogma, douchebaggery and whackerism. We You must ...

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Inside EMS: The Emotional Toll On EMS Providers

In the most recent episode of Inside EMS, co-host Chris Cebollero and I discuss the upcoming second anniversary of the Sandy Hook shootings, and the lasting emotional toll it has taken upon the responders. In the news, we discuss a Canadian case where a paramedic was held not only civilly liable, but criminally liable for the death of a patient. ...

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Inside EMS Podcast: New CAAS Standards for Ambulance Design?

In the latest episode of Inside EMS, co-host Chris Cebollero and I discuss the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services new ground ambulance standards. CAAS’ public comment period on the proposed standards ended December 1. Personally, I’m all for safer ambulance design and better structural integrity for ambulances. They’re big trucks, but they get torn apart rather easily in crashes, ...

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Inside EMS Podcast: The Emotional Toll On EMS Providers

In last week’s episode of Inside EMS, co-host Chris Cebollero and I discuss the latest EMS news and events, including the Arizona medics suspended for misusing Versed, why you can rarely believe what you read in the news, and why Victoria paramedics are committing suicide at a rate far higher than the rest of the Australian population. Give us a ...

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