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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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On Volunteers

You see them at EMS conferences all the time. Invariably, they’re wearing tee shirts with their squad’s logo, or a jumpsuit festooned with merit badge patches, and sometimes they’re wearing their department pager, even though they’re a hundred miles or more from home. You can spot their cars in the parking lot, because many of them have half the Gall’s ...

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Thank You, Kearney, You’ve Been A Wunnerful Audience!

Thank yew, thank yew verra mush… Headed out for my flight home from the Nebraska Statewide EMS Conference. Sadly, both the Hornady ammunition plant and Cabela’s flagship store are just minutes away, but I don’t have time to visit either. Great conference, great people, had a wonderful time. Kudos to the planning committee and staff, and everyone who attended. You’re ...

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For You EMS Types…

… I give you the Top 10 punchlines to EMS tee shirt slogans. If you’re tired of scrolling through the tee-shirt ads on EMS Facebook pages looking for any real content, this one’s for you.

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Yeah, About That “Experience” Thing…

Direct quote from an experienced EMS educator from a nationally respected paramedic education program: “He will be a good medic if he can forget the crap he learned during his 12 years as an EMT in a [unnamed Eastern Seaboard state] service.” From the comments in this post and the podcast page and related Facebook threads, seems a great many ...

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Testing, Testing…

…testicles… testicles… Just configuring my WordPress mobile app and my Facebook and Twitter crossposting. Nevermind me. Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.

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For You Gunny Types…

… Rob Reed has a good writeup of the Shooter Self Care course in GunUp the Magazine. What? Don’t subscribe to GunUp? Well, why the hell not? It’s a good magazine. And if you’re interested, DiveMedic, EMS Artifact and I are prepared to take Shooter Self Care on the road. Hit us up for a course at your range or ...

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Overheard On The Bolance

In the Emergency Department just now (not the busiest one by a long shot): Rude, Uber-Surly Hospitalist (to triage nurse): “They can wait! If they want to keep bringing people in here, they can wait!” Harried Triage Nurse (sighing): “Room 4 will be clean in a bit, guys. Mind hanging out on the wall for ten minutes or so?” Ambulance ...

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Inside EMS Podcast: Inked and Pierced?

In this week’s episode of Inside EMS, co-host Chris Cebollero and I discuss the relationship between professionalism and perception in EMS. Does being inked and pierced invoke a negative perception among our patients? What does the state of your uniform say about you as an EMT? Short answer: it depends. We’d all love to believe that we should be judged ...

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New Digs

You may notice a new look to the blog. The guys at my new blog network did some remodeling and sprucing up for me. I kinda like it. Take a look around, and tell me what you think. After spending five years at the JEMS Fire/EMS Blogs network, I’ve moved over to the First Arriving network, sponsored by the folks ...

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Hurricane Stories

We’re coming up on the ten-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and Rita. The stories have been told from many perspectives, but none so far from the EMTs who live and work here. I’ve been asked by our former state EMS director to compile and edit a collection of EMS vignettes from the two hurricanes that so devastated our state in ...

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