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Good Advice

Overheard on an EMS Facebook page: Question: “I’m an EMT about to start paramedic school. Any advice?” Answer: “Yes, stay the hell off EMS Facebook pages.” That’s damned good advice. To quote Obi Wan Kenobi, “Mos Eisley spaceport EMS Facebook pages. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy dogma, douchebaggery and whackerism. We You must ...

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Inside EMS: The Emotional Toll On EMS Providers

In the most recent episode of Inside EMS, co-host Chris Cebollero and I discuss the upcoming second anniversary of the Sandy Hook shootings, and the lasting emotional toll it has taken upon the responders. In the news, we discuss a Canadian case where a paramedic was held not only civilly liable, but criminally liable for the death of a patient. ...

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Inside EMS Podcast: New CAAS Standards for Ambulance Design?

In the latest episode of Inside EMS, co-host Chris Cebollero and I discuss the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services new ground ambulance standards. CAAS’ public comment period on the proposed standards ended December 1. Personally, I’m all for safer ambulance design and better structural integrity for ambulances. They’re big trucks, but they get torn apart rather easily in crashes, ...

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Inside EMS Podcast: The Emotional Toll On EMS Providers

In last week’s episode of Inside EMS, co-host Chris Cebollero and I discuss the latest EMS news and events, including the Arizona medics suspended for misusing Versed, why you can rarely believe what you read in the news, and why Victoria paramedics are committing suicide at a rate far higher than the rest of the Australian population. Give us a ...

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Happy Birthday, KatyBeth!

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On this day, twelve years ago, God answered a bunch of prayers, only a few of which were consciously spoken. He blessed me with a perfectly imperfect child who has taught me more about love, and courage, and resilience, and the power of the human spirit than anyone could ever hope to, a thousand life lessons packed into a few ...

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On Calmness, Compassion, Command Presence, and Code Choreography

Four things to bring order to a chaotic scene. A number of people in the various social media sites fixated on the one example where I allowed the mother of an infant to accompany her child in the back of my rig while I performed CPR. The objections were predictable. We don’t have enough room. I’m trying to save a ...

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Inside EMS: Death With Dignity?

On our latest episode of Inside EMS, co-host Chris Cebollero and I discuss the bad behavior of some Glendale, AZ firefighters and other EMS news and events, including an item ripped from national headlines: Brittany Maynard’s decision to end her own life. Both of us applaud Maynard’s right to self-determination, but Chris poses a question to me I am hard-pressed ...

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Henry Repeating Arms Announces New EMS Tribute Rifle

For immediate release: Henry Repeating Arms EMS Tribute Rifle raffle to benefit National EMS Memorial Service Henry Repeating Arms Company has added an EMS tribute rifle to their “Tribute Edition” line of Golden Boy rifles and donated the first produced to be raffled off, with proceeds benefiting the National EMS Memorial Service. The EMS Tribute rifle joins the previously released ...

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Judged By A Higher Standard

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A couple of years back, my partner and I were assaulted by a combative, intoxicated patient. Not that unusual an occurrence, really. Spend enough time in EMS, and you learn that not everyone is happy to see you arrive on a scene, and not everyone sees you as the good guys. Plenty of them will express their displeasure with fists, ...

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Go Team Me!

Just got the word that one of my columns for EMS1 is a finalist for a 2014 Folio Eddie award. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in New York city on December 11. It’s an honor just to be nominated, and thank you guys for reading. If it weren’t for you, I’d be just some paramedic blowhard screaming ...

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Inside EMS Podcast: EMS Conferences And Why You Should Attend

In this week’s episode of Inside EMS, co-host Chris Cebollero and I discuss the latest EMS news and events, welcome Brian Fass to the Guest Table for a talk about his new Fit Responder app, and discuss why every EMT should try to attend one regional, state or national EMS conference a year. TLDR version: because your agency’s educational program ...

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Thought Exercise: Pain Management

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Debating with some folks on the various EMS social media forums lately, I was struck with the cognitive dissonance apparent in some providers’ attitudes about pain management. To wit, a distressing number of EMS providers still cling to 1950’s era myth bullshit legend dogma that providing analgesia to patients with abdominal pain complicates the physician’s assessment in the Emergency Department. ...

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