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A Good Day

Took advantage of the wonderful weather today to take a drive to the coast. The wildlife refuge in Cameron was teeming with birds. In one short drive, I saw snow geese, specklebelly geese, pintails, gadwalls, blue-winged teal, shovelers, coots, rails, gallinules, snipe, roseate spoonbills, snowy egrets, great blue herons, brown and white pelicans, gulls, terns, and ibis. At 75 degrees, ...

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About That Naloxone Thing…

… file this under: Unintended Consequences, Law Of. Want to know what’s driving the spike in naloxone prices? Making it available to every goober and his junkie-in-law might have something to do with it. This is what you get from legislators and state public health officials trying to keep up with the Joneses.

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Inside EMS Podcast: Better Documentation?

In this week’s episode of Inside EMS, co-host Chris Cebollero and I discuss the latest EMS news, including the impending strike of Southwest EMS, a Rural Metro subsidiary in Tucson, and an EMS system in Selma Township, MI that is shutting down. In the Clinical Issue, we discuss the value of thorough documentation. Not only do a great many EMS ...

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Is It Just Me, Or Is This Naloxone Bandwagon Getting A Little Crowded?

Way back in 2008, I called naloxone the most abused drug in the EMS drug box. That comment arose from a discussion on an EMS forum where a distressingly high number of paramedics saw nothing wrong with using maximum doses of naloxone to “wake someone up” or “ruin the high” of some junkie. Not to reverse opiate-induced respiratory depression. Not ...

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When It Comes to Health Care…

… you can have easy access, low cost, or high quality. Pick any two. Anyone that says you can have all three is either a liar, or a politician. But then, I repeat myself. (Hat tip to Roberta X.)

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Inside EMS Podcast: Should We Curtail Use of Lights and Siren?

In this week’s episode of Inside EMS, co-host Chris Cebollero and I kick over a hornet’s nest by daring to question: do we run hot way too much? Here’s my TL;DR version: Hell yes. Most of our patients could be adequately served with the cable installer’s response time; sometime next Tuesday between the hours of noon and 5:00 pm. All ...

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Calling All Shooters!

So, who’s up for another Shooter Self Care course at the NRA Annual Meeting in Nashville? Same story as last year; wound care and first aid targeted to shooters, taught by shooters with EMS and medical expertise. Length about four hours, cost around $100, basically to cover refreshments and the cost of your own personal blowout kit. Date still negotiable, ...

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Inside EMS Podcast: Are Mistakes Inevitable in EMS?

On this week’s episode of Inside EMS, EMS1 columnist Steve Whitehead and I duke it out with co-host Chris Cebollero and EMS1 Editor in Chief Greg Friese over whether mistakes are inevitable in EMS. Are they? Does accepting the fact that mistakes happen equate to condoning them? Does your QI process treat medical errors as teachable moments, or as grounds ...

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Thought Exercise For The EMS Educators

Who’s your ideal EMT student? In terms of aptitude, attitude and motivation, what type of student would you like to have? Here’s mine: Female, late twenties to mid-thirties. Some college education, perhaps a degree, but in a non-healthcare field. At least one kid. In a stable relationship or a marriage. Oh, and she plans to become a volunteer EMT. So ...

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Inside EMS Goes Live Tomorrow Night!

Live show starts at 5:00 pm CST Monday, December 29.  Chris Cebollero and I will have back on some of our most popular guests, and discuss the biggest EMS news stories of 2014. Call in number is 917-889-8016, or join us in chat on Blogtalk Radio!

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Merry Christmas!

Luke 2: 7-14 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field , keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came ...

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Happy Blogiversary To Me!

Got distracted yesterday, and missed my eighth blogiversary. On December 23, 2006, I put up my very first blog post. That was over 3 million visits, 4.5 million page views, thousands of comments, and 2,192 blog posts ago. I’ve enjoyed every step of the way, and you guys reading is what makes it fun. Many thanks.

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Inside EMS Podcast: The Live Show!

For you fans of the Inside EMS podcast, I’ve got a special treat for you. Inside EMS will have a live, year-end show on Blogtalk Radio on Monday, December 29 at 5:00 pm CST. We’ll revisit the top EMS news of 2014, bring back some of your favorite guests, and entertain questions from callers. Please join us on Blogtalk Radio ...

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