The Home Cook vs. the Professional Chef – What EMS Can Learn from Cooking

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Before her nose turned up too far at the plate I had put in front of her, I was able to convince my daughter to try the brussels sprouts I’d roasted to go along with our dinner. Our family’s healthy eating transition has been hard on our long-suffering pre-teen, but she’s managing. More veggies and […]

Maybe You Don’t Deserve More Money – A Guest Post

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My new ambulance partners don’t really take me seriously the first time they witness me do this. They don’t really think I’m sincere, I guess. Neither do the new people who I stop in the hallway and thank, and I mean sincerely thank, for doing their part to save the lives of my patients and […]

For No Really Good Reason…

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For no really good reason, I left work a bit late the other morning. Sure, we caught a call 16 minutes before the end-of-shift, but the great guys on “A” shift were already there and ready to go so we didn’t have to take it. I could have left right on time then, but for no really […]

More EMS Scenarios for the Real World

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Scenario-based education is a great learning tool for EMS people. I believe that scenarios are one of the best ways for EMTs and Paramedics to get their heads in the game and think deeply about potential problems they might face in the field before the tones go off and the pressure comes on. EMS scenarios […]

Smoother Than a Fresh Jar of Skippy

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Hey! Have you seen the COOL NEW VIRAL WEB VIDEO!? It’s VIRAL! Sorry y’all, but I couldn’t resist. I usually don’t post about these sort of things. I’ll watch them, enjoy them for a bit, and then let all of the other blogs and websites talk about them. Usually by the time I’ve seen something […]

Proposed WI Law Highlights Need for Ambulances To Ditch Epi-Pens

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Some recent proposed legislation here in the State of Wisconsin has gotten me back of the topic of ambulances carrying Epi-Pens. The bill, sponsored by Republican lawmakers, seeks to allow “camps, colleges, day care facilities, restaurants and other businesses to the list of entities allowed to carry and administer” epinephrine via auto-injector. You can read […]

I Cannot Lie, I Laugh on the Ambulance

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I may bash some of the more over the top EMS memes out there, but never let it be said that I don’t like EMS humor. With as stressful and sleep-deprivingly intense as this job can get some days I’m lucky enough to find it just hilarious enough to allow me to keep my sanity […]

Stop Feeding the EMS Tee Trolls

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If I took the time I spend perusing Facebook and spent it writing blog posts instead, I could probably fill more server space than I have available. I spend way too much time on the ‘net doing drive by posting on social media than I ever do posting here, and that’s a shame. I really […]

Hey Texas EMTs – In case you hadn’t seen this yet

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My polite opinion is that the Texas Emergency Nurses’ Association can take their opinion and practice invasive self-proctology with it… but you don’t have to take my word for it. Take our friend Kelly Grayson’s word for it instead.

EMS Use of the PERC Rule for Pulmonary Embolism

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Your patient, a 54 year-old Female, looks at you with a subtle yet perceptible look of panic in her eyes and winces slightly with every breath. You arrived with your Engine company a few minutes ago and are riding the EMT spot today. The Medic unit is inbound, but is coming from across town and […]

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