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Everyday EMS Ethics – Thoughts on Ethical Behavior in EMS

These are some thoughts on ethics in EMS for street-level paramedics and EMTs with some tidbits for organizational leaders as well. What is EMS Ethics? It’s how to become better people while we make people better.

Everyday EMS Ethics – Social Media and “Smart” phones?

Are “smart” phones and social media too much of a temptation for some? This Everyday EMS Ethics post looks into our ethical standards with Social Media and the Emergency Services.

Welcome to Hell Feet 2: Magnum Boots Review

As promised, here is the review of the new EMS Duty Boots that I was given to try out. First of all, if you didn’t catch why I am writing a post about EMS and Fire work boots, you should read the post here: “Welcome to hell, Feet” A while ago, I was contacted by […]

Uh oh, is it that time again? EMS Recert Time Cometh…

I’ll betcha that a lot of you reading this are in the same boat that I am… Here’s the reminder! Yesterday I had the occasion to pull out all of my various certification cards and licenses, photocopy them, and turn them in to one of my departments for verification that I still had them. Much […]

Changing the EMS World – The Chronicles of EMS

So I got my butt kicked by a limey… but I also rediscovered my passion. Fair trade, I think.

Education vs Training: The “Professional Ambulance Cleaner”

Imagine if you will this hypothetical scenario:

You and your roommate have just graduated EMT school together and go to work at competing ambulance companies in the same city. He works for HIS ambulance service, and you work for YOUR ambulance service. Both services have similar fleets, similar deployment patterns, and similar call-volumes. In fact, there’s really no way to tell them apart other than the fact that the HIS ambulance service uniforms are sickly green jumpsuits, and YOUR ambulance uniforms are Macho Blue Shirts with navy blue pants.

Request for ideas on a problem – Can we be paid enough already?

Can we get paid enough already? I’d sure like to, but I don’t have the answers. Here are some thoughts… but no magic bullets. Care to help?

Will your career survive a decade or more in full-time EMS? Take this three question quiz!

Think you’ve got the right mindset to survive a long career in EMS? Come take this helpful three-question quiz to determine if you’ve got the proper amount of insanity to handle it. EMS Humor folks.

A Motivational EMS Article Geared towards Newer EMTs

This is a motivational piece geared towards new EMTs that I wrote for a department’s monthly newsletter. Feel free to steal it to inspire your own troops.

Patient Handoffs from EMS to the ER, a Fictional Case Study (not a rant)

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I made up a scenario about the handover of care from EMS to ER staff. I ranted a bit… but I’m sure that there’s NEVER any problems like the one I MADE UP here. Any ER nurses out there want to comment?

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