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O Captain, My Captain

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Robin Williams, dead by apparent suicide at 63. This one hits me hard. When I stand up in front of a few hundred people and try my best to be funny and inspirational, I draw my schtick from two fathers: my old history professor Horace Perry Jones, and Robin Williams’ character John Keating in Dead Poets Society. All I ever ...

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Kilted to Kick Cancer 2014 Is Just Around The Corner!

Are you ready? We’ve raised over $50,000 in just 90 days over the past three years, and it’s just going to get bigger, and be a year-round thing from now on. Why, do you ask? Because Kilted to Kick Cancer is now a registered 501(c)3 charity! That’s right, what you helped start as a grassroots fundraising and awareness campaign has ...

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Million Dollar Ideers

For years, I’ve had a few ideas tossing around in my head, waiting for the day some generous venture capitalist would give me the money to implement them. He’d supply the money, I’d supply the design, EMS agencies and ambulance coach manufacturers would beat a path to my door, and I’d retire to my private island and wipe my ass ...

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Joe Mistovich, You Magnificent Bastard

For the past month, I’ve been teaching my first full EMT class taught under the new EMS educational standards. I’ve always sort of front-loaded anatomy and physiology in my courses, because I fervently believe that extra time spent in teaching how the body works makes it much easier to understand what to do when it’s working incorrectly. In the old ...

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Inside EMS: Just Who Decides Those Clinical Standards Anyway?

And more importantly, why do we need their weekend-long merit badge courses to put the stamp of legitimacy on two years of EMS education? Co-host Chris Cebollero and I discuss the latest EMS news and events, and debate whether clinical standards should be the sole province of one organization, and whether those card courses serve to advance EMS care, or ...

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Inside EMS Podcast: Why Can’t we All Just Get Along?

For you EMS types, in this week’s episode of Inside EMS, co-host Chris Cebollero and I discuss the latest EMS news, and address the eternal question: Why is dispatch so mean to us? For our Guest table segment, we also interview Mike Miller, EMS Program Coordinator of Creighton University, the guy responsible for administering that bridge program that allows qualified ...

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They’re Protocols, Not Suicide Pacts

Brandon Oto over at EMS Basics shares a story where monkey-see monkey-do medicine went wrong. Go read the whole thing, and then come back. If you learn nothing else in EMS, learn this: protocols are no substitute for common sense and clinical decision-making. In fact, they’re often the antithesis of critical thinking and clinical decision making. Protocols, with very few ...

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EMT Life Lessons

Steve Whitehead of The EMT Spot is a pretty smart guy. He’s kind, and he’s genuine, and he sings a helluva karaoke version of Nickelback’s I Wanna Be a Rock Star. His blog and his column for EMS1 should be required reading for every EMT. That is especially true of his 101 Things We Should Be Teaching Every New EMT. ...

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Only One Week Left…

… to donate to The Code Green Campaign. Your donations go to startup costs for registering The Code Green Campaign as a 501(c)3 charity dedicated to awareness, education and peer support for EMS and public safety professionals suffering from depression, PTSD and other mental illness. Their aim is to erase the stigma associated with provider mental illness, encourage our colleagues ...

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On Volunteers

You see them at EMS conferences all the time. Invariably, they’re wearing tee shirts with their squad’s logo, or a jumpsuit festooned with merit badge patches, and sometimes they’re wearing their department pager, even though they’re a hundred miles or more from home. You can spot their cars in the parking lot, because many of them have half the Gall’s ...

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Thank You, Kearney, You’ve Been A Wunnerful Audience!

Thank yew, thank yew verra mush… Headed out for my flight home from the Nebraska Statewide EMS Conference. Sadly, both the Hornady ammunition plant and Cabela’s flagship store are just minutes away, but I don’t have time to visit either. Great conference, great people, had a wonderful time. Kudos to the planning committee and staff, and everyone who attended. You’re ...

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For You EMS Types…

… I give you the Top 10 punchlines to EMS tee shirt slogans. If you’re tired of scrolling through the tee-shirt ads on EMS Facebook pages looking for any real content, this one’s for you.

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Yeah, About That “Experience” Thing…

Direct quote from an experienced EMS educator from a nationally respected paramedic education program: “He will be a good medic if he can forget the crap he learned during his 12 years as an EMT in a [unnamed Eastern Seaboard state] service.” From the comments in this post and the podcast page and related Facebook threads, seems a great many ...

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