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Kilted to Kick Cancer Is Only 10 Days Away!

There have been some big changes with Kilted to Kick Cancer in the past month, the biggest of which is our official 501(c)3 charity designation! If you plan to be one of our Kilted Fundraisers for 2014, we have a little change in the usual process. Just drop an email to Justin@kiltedtokickcancer.org, and tell him the name of the fundraising ...

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Product Review: Blauer Clash Boot

A couple months back, the folks at Blauer sent me a pair of their new Clash LT 6″ lightweight tactical boots to review. Now that I’ve had a couple of months beating around in them, I can give you my thoughts. The Clash LT lightweight tactical boot is designed for warm weather, and weighs in at just 18 oz. Made ...

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EMS Novelist Shout-Out: Racing the Reaper

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A few months back, I got a book to review by paramedic and fledgling EMS novelist Jerrid Edgington. The book, Racing the Reaper, chronicles the life and times of fictional EMT Jacob Myers. From the Amazon synopsis of the book: After a life altering accident that nearly leaves Jacob Myers paralyzed, he feels his life is meant for something greater ...

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Inside EMS: Depression, Suicide and the Missouri Riots

In this week’s episode of Inside EMS, co-host Chris Cebollero and I discuss the latest EMS news and events, discuss why many EMS Quality Assurance programs don’t actually assure quality, and why we should be concerned about depression and mental illness among EMS providers. In our Guest Table segment, I interview Chris about the EMS response to the recent riots ...

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Inside EMS: Should EMS Personnel Be Armed?

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For you EMS types, co-host Chris Cebollero and I revisit a hot topic in EMS, namely, whether ambulance crews should be allowed to carry concealed (or unconcealed) firearms. The topic always generates a great deal of heated debate from both sides, and it was brought back into the public’s eye with the recent thwarted mass-shooting at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital near ...

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O Captain, My Captain

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Robin Williams, dead by apparent suicide at 63. This one hits me hard. When I stand up in front of a few hundred people and try my best to be funny and inspirational, I draw my schtick from two fathers: my old history professor Horace Perry Jones, and Robin Williams’ character John Keating in Dead Poets Society. All I ever ...

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Kilted to Kick Cancer 2014 Is Just Around The Corner!

Are you ready? We’ve raised over $50,000 in just 90 days over the past three years, and it’s just going to get bigger, and be a year-round thing from now on. Why, do you ask? Because Kilted to Kick Cancer is now a registered 501(c)3 charity! That’s right, what you helped start as a grassroots fundraising and awareness campaign has ...

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Million Dollar Ideers

For years, I’ve had a few ideas tossing around in my head, waiting for the day some generous venture capitalist would give me the money to implement them. He’d supply the money, I’d supply the design, EMS agencies and ambulance coach manufacturers would beat a path to my door, and I’d retire to my private island and wipe my ass ...

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Joe Mistovich, You Magnificent Bastard

For the past month, I’ve been teaching my first full EMT class taught under the new EMS educational standards. I’ve always sort of front-loaded anatomy and physiology in my courses, because I fervently believe that extra time spent in teaching how the body works makes it much easier to understand what to do when it’s working incorrectly. In the old ...

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Inside EMS: Just Who Decides Those Clinical Standards Anyway?

And more importantly, why do we need their weekend-long merit badge courses to put the stamp of legitimacy on two years of EMS education? Co-host Chris Cebollero and I discuss the latest EMS news and events, and debate whether clinical standards should be the sole province of one organization, and whether those card courses serve to advance EMS care, or ...

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Inside EMS Podcast: Why Can’t we All Just Get Along?

For you EMS types, in this week’s episode of Inside EMS, co-host Chris Cebollero and I discuss the latest EMS news, and address the eternal question: Why is dispatch so mean to us? For our Guest table segment, we also interview Mike Miller, EMS Program Coordinator of Creighton University, the guy responsible for administering that bridge program that allows qualified ...

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They’re Protocols, Not Suicide Pacts

Brandon Oto over at EMS Basics shares a story where monkey-see monkey-do medicine went wrong. Go read the whole thing, and then come back. If you learn nothing else in EMS, learn this: protocols are no substitute for common sense and clinical decision-making. In fact, they’re often the antithesis of critical thinking and clinical decision making. Protocols, with very few ...

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EMT Life Lessons

Steve Whitehead of The EMT Spot is a pretty smart guy. He’s kind, and he’s genuine, and he sings a helluva karaoke version of Nickelback’s I Wanna Be a Rock Star. His blog and his column for EMS1 should be required reading for every EMT. That is especially true of his 101 Things We Should Be Teaching Every New EMT. ...

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Only One Week Left…

… to donate to The Code Green Campaign. Your donations go to startup costs for registering The Code Green Campaign as a 501(c)3 charity dedicated to awareness, education and peer support for EMS and public safety professionals suffering from depression, PTSD and other mental illness. Their aim is to erase the stigma associated with provider mental illness, encourage our colleagues ...

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