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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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Saving Public Safety: Let’s Make It Go Viral!

Over at The Code Green Campaign, they’re doing a hashtag campaign to raise mental health awareness among public safety personnel. Simply put up a sign with “Code Green Campaign” and #savingpublicsafety on it. Snap a pic of it in your rig or ambulance station, and share it with the #savingpublicsafety hashtag on Facebook, Twitter and all your social media outlets. ...

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Blogorado 2014 Wrapup (With Pics!)

Hmmm, what to buy, a house or a transferable 1928 Thompson?

Last weekend, I trekked forth to Secret Location, CO for my annual stress relief and psychological battery-recharging called Blogorado. Nothing eases my burdens quite so well as hanging out with my gunnie tribe, turning expensive ammunition into smoke and noise, eating great food and drinking even better beer, and telling outrageous truths and plausible lies around a crackling fire at ...

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Inside EMS Podcast: Tiered Response EMS Systems

In the current episode of Inside EMS, co-host Chris Cebollero and I discuss the latest EMS news and events, debate cameras in the back of ambulances, EKG stuff, and why your EMS system’s staffing model sucks and ours are better. We also interview the EKG Yoda himself, Tom Bouthillet, on our Guest Table segment. Check it out, and give us ...

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Official Endorsement: Chris Cebollero for NAEMT Region III Director

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Voting in the NAEMT elections opened October 15, and closes at midnight, October 28, 2014. You’ve got until then to cast your vote. If you’re not a member of NAEMT, why not? It may have its flaws as an organization, some of which I have bitched about publicly before, but it’s the most visible advocacy organization we’ve got, and it’s ...

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They Laughed, They Cried…

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… they held their lighters aloft and swayed rhythmically. Women threw their panties on the stage, men bought me drinks. You know, the usual. The folks at the Western Massachusetts EMS Association were gracious enough to have me deliver the keynote addresses and a few other talks at the 2014 Massachusetts EMS Conference this weekend, and my sweetheart and I ...

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When You Hear a “Poot” Instead of a “Bang”…

… don’t pull the trigger again. Keep your pistol pointed down range, investigate, and clear the malfunction. Step away from the line if need be. This was from a new box of Federal Champion 9mm, aluminum-cased 115gr FMJ. As far as I know, there were no other issues with any other rounds from that box. Luckily for me, the underpowered ...

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Blogorado, Day One

Lectured to a great bunch of EMS volunteers yesterday, people that embody all the good things about volunteer EMS. Good folks here in southeast Colorado. Today I finished some assignments under deadline, coon-fingered a bunch of guns, ate TWO enormous steaks from local beef, drank my share of Nerd Beer Emergency Medical Bock, was introduced to a smooth Islay Scotch ...

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Where’s Ambulance Driver?: Fall 2014 Edition

For you EMS types, I’ll be speaking at an all-day seminar at Southeast Colorado Hospital on October 9, 2014. If you’re an EMT in the southeast Colorado or southwest Kansas area and would like to attend, contact the EMS Coordinator for details. The week after that, I’ll be giving several talks, including the keynote address, at the Massachusetts EMS Conference ...

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Kilted to Kick Cancer 2014: The Final Standings

The Kilted to Kick cancer 2014 Fundraising Challenge was a huge success, bringing in $14,448 in only 30 days of fundraising. Final team standings are as follows: Team                                              Donations                 Totals Team JayG                                        69                          3435 Team Borepatch                               43                          2353 Team Ambulance ...

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Kilted to Kick Cancer 2014: The Winners!

Fundraising Challenge total as of midnight CST, Tuesday, September 30 are $14,843. Our top three fundraisers this year are: Team JayG: $3,715 Team Borepatch: $2,303 Team… too close to call! Several teams were neck and neck right down to the wire, and we’re going to wait until we credit the undesignated donations within the next 24 hours before we announce ...

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Product Review: PMC Bronze .45 ACP Ammo

The good folks at Lucky Gunner sent me some ammo to review a while back, some PMC Bronze .45 ACP 185 grain JHP. But what with the buying a new house and the moving in and the moving my girlfriend to Louisiana and the redecorating and the landscaping projects and the EMT class and work commitments and the depression.. … ...

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Fundraising Challenge Update: Only 9 Hours Left

Fundraising total currently at 1500 CST, September 30, stands at $12,793. We’ve raised over $1,300 in the last 12 hours! Can we raise $1,000 more in the next 9? It’ll take $1,055 to beat last year’s total, so here’s what you do: Go to the Donate tab. Give $20. To somebody. ANYBODY.Or leave your donation as undesignated. It’s a real ...

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