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Kilted to Kick Cancer 2015: Let’s Get It On!

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Today kicks off the 2015 Kilted to Kick Cancer 2015 Fundraising Challenge. Twenty five teams. Four awesome prize packages. One common enemy. I’m asking you, my EMS and gun nut friends, my loyal readers, my social media network… … please donate. We’re got a $20,000 fundraising goal. It’s only 30 days in the distance, and I want us to blow ...

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Kilted to Kick Cancer 2015 Fundraising Challenge is Almost Here!

In less than 36 hours, we’ll be kicking off our 2015 Fundraising Challenge! In just 90 days of active fundraising from 2011-2014, we’ve raised over $60k for cancer research, and your dollars last year went to seed money for yet more research. Over 86% of funds donated to KTKC in 2014 went directly to cancer research. Twenty-four teams are participating ...

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To Protect and Serve

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Saturday, August 29th at noon, LSP Senior Trooper Steven Vincent will be laid to rest. Funeral services will be at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church in Lake Charles. Steven was murdered by a cowardly, subhuman piece of filth last Saturday, a man with multiple DUI convictions and a history of petty crimes, a man whom I will not ...

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Inside EMS Podcast: Performance Metrics and Death With Dignity

On this episode of Inside EMS, co-host Chris Cebollero and I discuss the story out of Charlotte, NC of MEDIC paramedics complaining that a new points system rewarding shorter time-on-task will encourage rushed and sloppy patient care. I’m not a fan of many performance metrics in EMS. While I acknowledge that we must track certain things to have any idea ...

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KTKC: How Are Your Donations Used?

Throughout our first three years of Kilted to Kick Cancer, we acted as a proxy to raise research dollars for Prostate Cancer Foundation and LiveStrong. And we did well at that, raising over $60,000 in only 90 days of active fundraising for those organizations. Yet, we found many who were reluctant to donate to large charities where the lion’s share ...

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Kilted To Kick Cancer 2015 Is Almost Upon Us!

Only 11 days to go before the start of the 2015 Kilted to Kick Cancer Fundraising Challenge! We had twenty-four teams participating last year. Will you join the challenge this year? We’ve got four awesome prize packages for our top fundraisers, the least of which is worth $700 retail, and the top prize package may well be worth several thousand. ...

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Inside EMS Podcast: Paramedic Subspecialties?

In this week’s episode of Inside EMS, co-host Chris Cebollero and I discuss the latest EMS news and events, and answer a reader’s question on what paramedic subspecialties he should pursue when he graduates. How cool would it be if paramedicine required a minimum of an Associate Degree, and you could then pursue a baccalaureate in the specialty of your ...

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Rant Warning: Removing the Suck Factor of EMS

It’s rare that I allow guest posts on the blog. In fact today is only the second in seven years. But my sweetheart Nancy Magee unleashed an excellent rant today, and I thought I’d have her share it with you. Plus, if I publish it here, maybe she’ll be quiet long enough for me to watch Blazing Saddles uninterrupted. It’s ...

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Are You Ready to Get Kilted?

The Kilted to Kick Cancer 2015 fundraising challenge gets kicked off in three short weeks! Are you ready? We’ve got a custom Dreadnaught Industries AR15 in .300 Blackout with adjustable gas block and components from Burris Optics and Brownell’s, a Kel Tec P3 AT from Lonely Mountain Arms, a Ruger .22/45 from Virginia Arms, four pairs of Blauer Clash LT ...

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Inside EMS Podcast: Provider Mental Health Edition

In this week’s episode of Inside EMS, co-host Chris Cebollero and I discuss the recent suicide of a Pennsylvania EMT, and how we might better support our colleagues with PTSD and depression. In our Guest Table segment, we talk with Donnie Richard of Brattleboro Retreat and their Uniformed Services Program aimed at specialized mental health counseling tailored to military and ...

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How… Refreshing

Sure, they look tired and unhappy now, but just wait until we've finished the day!

Nothing like showing up to teach a combined EMT/Medic transitional refresher with less than twenty in online enrollment, only to discover another thirty waiting in line to enroll on-site. I wound up with fifty between the two sections. Still, they were good classes. Played some symptom-based games, taught a little of that airway voodoo that I do so well, and ...

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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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