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Inside EMS Podcast: Active Shooter Episode

In this week’s episode of Inside EMS, co-host Chris Cebollero and I discuss the active shooter incident in Lafayette, LA, and dispel some of the misinformation about the death of a patient supposedly resulting from hogtying in Southaven, MS. Tune in to hear the show.

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EMS Lost a Giant Today

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Norman McSwain has died. Few people have had as big an influence on trauma care, and few physicians have been as passionate advocates for EMS as Norm. You put your stamp on EMS and trauma around the world, Doc. Our profession will miss you greatly.

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An EMS Primer On Being Filmed By Bystanders

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If you are ever in public, performing your duties as an EMT, or cop, or firefighter, and you realize someone is filming you, here’s what you do: Listen carefully, now. This is important. The instructions I’m going to give you must be followed to the letter. Do not deviate from them, and I guarantee you will handle the situation as ...

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Inside EMS Podcast: Stupid Human Tricks Edition

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In this week’s episode of Inside EMS, co-host Chris Cebollero and I discuss the recent heroin epidemic, EMS agencies who can’t seem to keep their personnel certified without resorting to fraud, and idiots people who chlorinate the gene pool launch fireworks off of body parts. Give us a listen, and share your thoughts.

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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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