From the comments section of a shift report I just completed, precepting a newly-hired medic: Employee appears to be a pleasant, well-groomed individual who projects a professional and calm demeanor. Due to the slowness of the shift, I was unable to evaluate employee on his clinical skills, but we did enjoy a scenic tour of […]
If you’re a shooter, and you don’t carry a first aid kit in you’re range bag, you’re leaving the house unprepared. Given the remote location and lack of appropriate first aid facilities at most shooting ranges, being prepared to treat yourself or your buddy until EMS arrives can literally mean the difference between life and […]
… they held their lighters aloft and swayed rhythmically. Men bought me beer, and women threw their panties on the stage. You know, the usual.* Just got back from the ESCAPe Conference in Pipestem, WV and the Ohio ITLS Emergency Care Conference in Columbus, OH. Had a great reception at both. This is the third […]
May 19 will be my sixth anniversary as a Borg drone here at Southwest Hive. I’m still not fully assimilated. Likely never will be. I jokingly call my employer The Borg because of their tendency to gobble up smaller ambulance services on the fringes of their territory, relentlessly expanding their empire, like, well, The Borg. […]
Just ran a call for a car overturned in a ditch. And by “ditch,” I mean “gully.” Or maybe “ravine” would be better. If we were further west, we’d call it an “arroyo.” You know, smaller than a canyon, but deeper than a trench. Deep enough that extricating someone from it would require specialized equipment […]
For the past ten years or so, some of the most fertile ground for EMS supply manufacturers has been in the realm of airway management. With the publication of studies that demonstrate EMS providers’ lack of proficiency at endotracheal intubation, along with other studies that question the efficacy of ETI in cardiac arrest, other avenues […]
Philosophical EMS Observation #1,376: Some of the most exasperating EMS calls you run are kids and old people. And invariably, the people that make you thankful you’re in EMS are kids and old people. If you don’t like them both, you’re in the wrong profession. Truth, or bullshit? Discuss amongst yourselves.