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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 […]

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 […]

Five Thing Friday – #2

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Howdy Folks! Welcome to the second edition of Five Thing Friday, the edition that goes to prove that I can actually follow through with something for more than one week! I’m surprised too. As you may have known from last week’s edition, Five Thing Friday, or “5TF” for the cool kids, is five articles that […]

I Got Attacked – A Paramedic Speaks About Public Trust

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I received a letter from a paramedic who wishes to remain anonymous for reasons of keeping his or her employment status. They also want to speak freely because what he/she says in the letter may unfortunately be controversial in the current political and media climate. I’m going to post the letter mostly using that person’s […]

The Lore of the Drawer and the Door Frame

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I am pleased to announce that the other day when I came home from my ambulance shift I actually performed an act of home improvement. That’s right, I came home from work, saw a chronic problem that had been in need of repair for quite some time, and fixed it. I fixed it good too, […]

Welcome to the Club

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Welcome. You might be wondering why you’re here, who I am, and how long you’ll be here. In fact, I’m sure you have many questions. Some of them I can answer, some of them I can’t, and some of them are questions we both have. I do know that we’ll most probably be together for […]

Have a Stryker Power Cot? Check the Hydraulic Lines

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If I had to pick the one single invention that has had the most impact on my professional practice of EMS, it would be the Stryker Power Cot. Sure, there are some awesome changes that have been made to the profession in the years that I’ve been applying bandages to accident victims, but those things […]

The Normal Saline Shortage and the ALS Mindset

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In case you haven’t heard, the United States is running short of slightly salty water. Specifically we’re having an unprecedented shortage of 0.9% normal saline solution, the kind that is used as the most common intravenous fluid in every form of healthcare that puts needles into people’s veins. I don’t really know the reasons why […]

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