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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 […]

So You Think You Can EKG?

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I have a love/hate relationship with our friend the 12-lead EKG. I tend to obtain a lot of them in the course of my field care, and I’m a regular reader/lurker over at the Prehospital 12-lead EKG blog that our friends Chris and Tom et al write in their spare time. I love them because […]

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 […]

Pediatric Cardiac Complacency – A Case Study for EMS

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It’s interesting how personal experiences and professional biases can affect a clinician’s personal style of providing patient care. I’d wager that it happens to us all in some subtle and some not-so-subtle ways. One of the things I’ve noticed about my own style of personal practice is that I’m very sensitive to screening for and […]

Another Picture Not to Believe – On The Soul of EMS

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I’d like to talk about our culture as a profession and the soul of EMS. A while ago, I wrote a post entitled An EMS Rant: Don’t Believe this Picture which ended up being one of my most popular posts ever. In the first day it was up it garnered over 11,000 readers and has done much […]

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 […]

Some More Help on Writing EMS Narrative Reports

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Buried down deep in the 450 or some odd blog posts I have on this site, you’ll find a few that cover how to write an EMS narrative report. It’s a skill that each and every EMT and Paramedic has to practice and perfect over the course of their careers lest they find themselves without […]

An EMS Rant: Don’t Believe this Picture

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So I saw this picture on Facebook today (Warning: There are some mild swear words in this picture you’re already seeing so I’m warning you that this warning is moot) Don’t believe this picture. I’ve read somewhere that people will believe anything they read from a picture with words on it they see on the […]

An Easy Trick for Remembering the Glasgow Coma Scale

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Want to remember a quick and easy trick for remembering the Glasgow Coma Scale? My Extra Value Meal costs $4.56 – Eyes: 1-4 – Verbal 1-5 – Motor 1-6 You can always remember the top numbers of the scale by using this mnemonic, whether or not you actually remember the details of the numbers in […]

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