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No. Way. In. Hell.

A lot of Facebook friends have shared this video with me: If I ever had a partner who drove like that, especially with me and a patient in back, I’d whip his ass in the ambulance bay as soon as we cleared the patient off our stretcher. From the Jalopnik article: For ambulance drivers, the route back to the hospital ...

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When Ostriches Attack…

… told by yours truly, here on Episode 38 of the Gun Blog Variety Cast. My story is about 20 minutes in, but I encourage you to download and listen to the whole thing. Many thanks to host Sean Sorrentino for having me.

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For You Shooters…

… there’s a new article from some know-it-all medic in Shooting Illustrated. Last month we talked about the importance of a Range Emergency Medical Plan. This month, we talk about what needs to be in your personal blowout kit, and how to use it. Enjoy.

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A Mother’s Day Repost

A Love Song for Joyce   There are few things more dismal than an ICU waiting room. People gather in familial clusters, keeping vigil against the specter of death. Books and blankets abound, snacks and cups of stale coffee cluster on tastefully appointed end tables, and the soon-to-be bereaved seek to mask their uncertainty and seek diversion in months-old editions ...

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Inside EMS Podcast: the EMS Compass Initiative

In this week’s edition of Inside EMS, co-host Chris Cebollero and I welcome Nick Nudell, project manager for the EMS Compass Initiative, which aims to measure meaningful EMS outcomes and performance benchmarks with the aim of establishing industry best practices and standards. Chris and I have discussed the dire need for realistic performance benchmarks in EMS for some time now, ...

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Are Nurses Educated Better Than Paramedics?

Well, that has always been the conventional wisdom; paramedic education is like a well, 6 feet wide but hundreds of feet deep, but nursing education is more like a lake, deep in some spots, but acres wide. And that may have been true once, but the gap has narrowed significantly in recent years. In some cases, paramedic education has surpassed ...

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Should EMS Have a Degree Requirement For Paramedics?

Short answer, YES. It can’t and won’t happen overnight, and there will be some growing pains. And no, a degree doesn’t make you a better clinical provider. But it does raise the bar for entry into our profession, which will hopefully lead to better seed corn for future crops of medics. It lends us legitimacy in the eyes of policy ...

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For You EMS Types…

There’s a new episode of the Inside EMS podcast. Co-host Chris Cebollero and I discuss Texas HB 2020 and SB 1899, two bills that would expand the scope of paramedics to allow them to practice their profession in Texas hospitals, Emergency Departments, and free-standing clinics. Give us a listen and hear more about the bills, and the EMS grassroots advocacy ...

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Inside EMS Podcast: Crowdsourcing EMS

In this week’s episode of Inside EMS, co-host Chris Cebollero and I discuss reports that Uber drivers have better response times than ambulances in New York and London, and EMS1 Editor Chief Greg Friese’s column, Seven Community Health Services Uber Drivers Could Deliver. We hope Greg’s column was tongue-in-cheek, but it does illustrate he potential for crowd sourced community health ...

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An Urgent Call To Texas EMS Professionals

You need to call or email your state legislators now, and tell them to vote YES on HB 2020 and SB 1899. These bills will allow Texas EMTs and paramedics to practice their clinical skills in the hospital setting under the direct supervision of a physician. Essentially, they propose to expand the settings in which you can practice as an ...

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Wise Man, That Teddy Roosevelt

And he had big, brass balls that clanked when he walked. “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat ...

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Rumors of My Death, Et Cetera…

I’m still here, folks. I just declared a self-imposed Facebook hiatus. “But instead of writing, I’m doing drive-by witticisms on Facebook at 3 a.m., because making funny and sarcastic comments via keyboard is what passes for human interaction when I am depressed. It’s easier than making a real human connection — easier, and infinitely more unhealthy.” I wrote that almost ...

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For You Volunteer EMS Types…

… there’s a new episode of the Inside EMS podcast where co-host Chris Cebollero and I discuss the latest EMS news, and address a listener’s question on whether a separate certification standard should be developed for volunteer EMS. TL;DR version: Not just no, but hell no. On the other hand, much of my opinion on volunteer EMS has changed over ...

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