Fifty

Stepped on the scale this morning to discover I’m 50 pounds lighter than I was at Christmas.Haven’t been depriving myself to do it, not doing any special diet, just making a conscious effort not to eat like an idiot and expend more calories every day than I consume. Losing weight is not difficult for me at all.Which of course begs ...

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Product Review: Micro BVM

We were asked by the nice folks at Micro BVM to evaluate their product. The Micro BVM is a full-functional adult BVM with mask, oxygen tubing and reservoir, fully compatible with most aftermarket PEEP valves. The manufacturer touts it as being 75% smaller when stored than a standard BVM.It is indeed packaged in a rugged, compact case, making it a ...

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AAR: “The Medical Mindset,” by Travis Hall

Second in my reviews of medical training courses at #NRAAM2019 is Travis Hall’s “Medical Mindset: Are You Prepared?” First in such short seminars is verifying the instructor’s bona fides. Travis “Doc T” Hall is an 18-Delta (special forces medical sergeant) from 5th SFG, with over 8 years combat experience in Iraq and Afghanistan. That checks the box for “experience” right ...

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#NRAAM2019 : Themes

Seems like every year you go to one of these, there seems to be a theme to the exhibits. There was the Year of the AR15, the Year of the 1911, the Year of the Precision Bolt Action Rifle…… and frankly, they’re so damned ubiquitous now that it bores me to write about them. I’m not interested in the latest ...

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#NRAAM2019, Day 1

Today opened the 2019 NRA Annual Meeting. Estimates at attendance this year put the head count at somewhere around 70,000, which is a bit down from recent years. It has been rainy and dreary in Indianapolis, which may have thinned the crowd this morning. We’ve seen the usual contingent of protestors, as usually outnumbered by the press interviewing them. They ...

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NRA Annual Meeting 2019 #NRAAM2019

The 2019 NRA Annual meeting begins tomorrow in Indianapolis. This morning I’ll be picking up my media credentials, and tomorrow opens the exhibit hall where I’ll be prowling for article fodder and guns and gear to T&E. Given the recent strife and financial woes of the NRA reported in the media, covering this year’s meeting promises to be… interesting.Expect the ...

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For You EMS Types…

…there’s a new episode of the Inside EMS podcast.           We’re interviewing Dr. James Woodson, CEO of Pulsara, about how to streamline and integrate communication and documentation between EMS, the ED and beyond.  

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For You EMS Types…

“If there’s a place you want to go, I can get you there I know, I’m the map. If there’s a place you need to get, I can get you there I bet, I’m the map. I’m the map, I’m the map, I’m the MAP!” ~ Dora the Explorer   Read, enjoy, opine.

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Fire Department EMS: Are They Becoming Antithetical Terms?

It’s no secret that I am not a fan of the fire department EMS model. I’ve written about it a number of times: Marriage Counseling Part I: The Dysfunctional Fire-EMS Relationship Marriage Counseling Part II: The Dysfunctional Fire-EMS Relationship Marriage Counseling Part III: Detente in the Fire-EMS Relationship A few weeks back, I posted an EMS1 column about the recent ...

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Trigger Time

No, I’m not talking about shooting in general, I’m talking about triggers. I’ve never been a particularly discerning judge about how good a particular firearm’s trigger is. I’m a wingshooter, and pulling a shotgun trigger is more an exercise of “See the bird, BANG!” than in exercising a smooth, consistent trigger pull, or appreciating how well the gun facilitates that. ...

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