An Ode to the EMS Whacker

You’ve probably seen him wandering the exhibit hall at an EMS conference, or sat next to him in a lecture. He’s wearing a uniform shirt or jumpsuit from his volunteer agency, complete with Minitor pager, at least 100 miles from home. And he’s got the Batman belt and trauma shears on his uniform pants, because you never know when you’ll ...

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Inside EMS Podcast: Lives Before Lunch?

In this week’s episode of Inside EMS, co-host Chris Cebollero and I discuss California bill AB263, the so-called EMS Workers Bill of Rights. The bill proposes to guarantee EMS workers dedicated meal and rest breaks during their shifts, proposes additional protections against on-duty assault, and greater access to mental health support. American Medical Response, one of the largest EMS providers ...

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Alexa, What’s the Dose for Bicarb?

In this week’s episode of Inside EMS, Chris Cebollero and I welcome EMS1 Editor In Chief Greg Friese to the show to talk about technological advances in EMS. Inside EMS Podcast: Does EMS need voice-activated technology? With things like video laryngoscopy and prehospital point-of-care ultrasound, we think we’re well along the technology curve, but are we really fully integrating technology ...

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Leavin’ On a Jet Plane…

Where’s Ambulance Driver next, you ask? Next stop on the summer leg of Ambulance Driver’s 2017 World Tour is the Connecticut EMS Expo at the Mohegan Sun Casino Resort in Uncasville, CT. I’ll be giving a few talks, and signing books from 12:00 -2:00 on Friday, June 2 and Saturday, June 3 at the Code Green Campaign booth in the ...

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The Virtual Classroom: Lessons Learned

Some dude you know has a new article in the Spring 2017 edition of Paramedic Chief. Check it out online, the article entitled “Virtual EMS Education: Growing Pains and Lessons Learned.” While you’re at it, check out the other excellent articles in there by Greg Friese, Doug Wyllie, Nathan Stanaway, and others.

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Made to Feel Welcome

Just thought I’d give a brief public thank you and shout-out to the two conferences who booked me in March. The Code 1 Conference in Cedar Rapids, IA is run by Kirkwood Community College. KCC runs an excellent EMS education program, and a highly respected hotel/hospitality management program as well. These two dovetail nicely, as the college runs a high-class ...

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Where’s Ambulance Driver? Spring 2017 Edition

Leaving on a jet plane for the Seven Springs Resort in Pennsylvania on Thursday, for EMS Update 2017. I’ll be giving the keynote address and a couple of clinical lectures. If you plan to attend, hit me up! I’m always down for a few war stories over adult beverages. If you’re not planning to attend, and you’re from Pennsylvania, why ...

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Go Team Me!

I recently had the privilege to be featured on a couple of EMS podcasts. Words Off the Street, a public safety podcast with host B.J. Schneider, features EMS and public safety writers. In this episode, I talk about how I got started writing, and what writing tips work for me. Words Off the Street, Episode 8 In the Medic2Medic Podcast, ...

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