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For You EMS Types, a Teaser for 2013

My writing partner Gene Gandy and I are planning a new series of monthly articles in EMS World Magazine.

Each month, Gene and I are going to take on a particular piece of EMS dogma, myth or obsolete clinical practice, and subject it to the withering scrutiny of current research.

We're still working on the series title, and we're compiling a list of topics now.

That's where you guys come in.

What EMS practices do you think belong in the dustbin of history, next to the discarded Chokesavers, rotating tourniquets and PASG? What is the prophylactic lidocaine, sublingual Procardia or coma cocktail of today? What dogma do you see perpetuated even now, despite all evidence to the contrary?

WHAT PRECIOUSLY HELD SUPERSTITION, MYTH, CLINCIAL OR ADMINISTRATIVE PRACTICE, OR EMS URBAN LEGEND SHALL WE SLAUGHTER FOR YOU, DISMEMBER, AND FESTOON OUR BEDCHAMBERS WITH ITS BLOODY ENTRAILS?

All you have to do is, um, you know, chime in with your comments.

We'll get right on it.

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