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For You EMS Types…

… there’s a new column on EMS1. There’s a fine line between being demanding, and being too demanding. One gets the best out of you and your partner, and the other makes you that guy that no one wants to work with, and who works poorly with you when they do.

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Inside EMS Podcast: The Patient Report

Are your pre-arrival notifications to the hospital short, sweet and to the point, or are they long, rambling affairs resembling selected readings from a Tolstoy novel? Check out co-host Chris Cebollero and I as we talk about what makes a good patient report on Inside EMS.

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LANREMT Educational Conference Begins Today!

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Be there, or be… um, some kind of geometrical shape with four right angles and four equal sides. It’s 300:am right now, and the name escapes me. Come on down to the Ramada Resort in Lafayette and join us! You can register on-site, hear a bunch of excellent speakers (and me) talking about interesting EMS stuff, meet the cast of ...

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Inside EMS Podcast: The Life Is Short Episode

In this week’s episode of Inside EMS, co-host Chris Cebollero and I discuss the latest EMS news and events, including the unusual case of the Hawaiian man speared in the chest by a swordfish. Live your life to the fullest, kiddies, but don’t try jumping into the water to wrestle a swordfish, lest he impale your chest. Death awaits us ...

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Connecticut EMS Expo

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Just got back from the CT EMS Expo, which is an excellent example of the Ray Kinsella Effect: build it and they will come. I lectured at this conference for several years, when it was hosted in Cromwell. The participants were nice, great folks to hang around with, as are most participants at EMS conferences. But the venue and conference ...

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Inside EMS Podcast: Dangers to EMS Providers

In this week’s episode of Inside EMS, co-host Chris Cebollero and I discuss the latest EMS news and events, including violence against EMS providers and the case of a Texas ambulance crew wrecking when the driver fell asleep at the wheel. We’d like to hear your opinion: Is it time to end 48-hour shifts? If you work them and like ...

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Observations On EMS Conferences

Just finished my inspirational talk at the EMSAAC Conference in San Diego. They laughed, they cried, women threw their panties, men bought me drinks, everyone held their smartphone flashlights aloft and swayed rhythmically… … you know, the usual. But all kidding aside, these gigs are a huge recharge for my career satisfaction batteries. It turns out that, no matter where ...

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Leavin’ On a Jet Plane…

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… but I do know when I’ll be back again: late Sunday night. I’ll be speaking at the EMSAAC Conference at the Loew’s Coronado Bay Resort in San Diego tomorrow. Friday, I’ll be at the CT EMS Expo, at the gorgeous Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT. Love visiting with these folks. If you haven’t signed up, you totally should. ...

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Where’s Ambulance Driver?

I’ll be speaking at the 2015 EMSAAC Conference at Loew’s Coronado Bay Resort in San Diego on May 27, and then at the Connecticut EMS Expo at the Mohegan Sun Casino on May 29-30. If any of my readers are in the area, you should totally check these conferences out. This will be my first time speaking in southern California, ...

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Memorial Day

Monday is Memorial Day. Most of us will spend the weekend grilling burgers and visiting with relatives, or lounging on a beach somewhere, or watching a baseball game in an opulent stadium, overpriced beer and hot dog in hand. And most of us will have forgotten the meaning of the day. So when you partake in your Memorial Day festivities ...

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No. Way. In. Hell.

A lot of Facebook friends have shared this video with me: If I ever had a partner who drove like that, especially with me and a patient in back, I’d whip his ass in the ambulance bay as soon as we cleared the patient off our stretcher. From the Jalopnik article: For ambulance drivers, the route back to the hospital ...

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When Ostriches Attack…

… told by yours truly, here on Episode 38 of the Gun Blog Variety Cast. My story is about 20 minutes in, but I encourage you to download and listen to the whole thing. Many thanks to host Sean Sorrentino for having me.

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For You Shooters…

… there’s a new article from some know-it-all medic in Shooting Illustrated. Last month we talked about the importance of a Range Emergency Medical Plan. This month, we talk about what needs to be in your personal blowout kit, and how to use it. Enjoy.

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