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The Natural Alignment Movement – Freedom of Choice from the Orthopedic Conspiracy

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When Paramedic Christopher Downdike responded to a seemingly routine ambulance call the other afternoon, he never expected he would be coming face to face with a national movement made up of people who say they’re fighting for the health of their children and for their rights as parents to choose the medical care they feel […]

Pulmonary Embolism – An EMS Case Review

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Ambulance 34, Ambulance 34. 452 Smithfield Street for the 34 year old male with chest pain and difficulty breathing. Delta-Level response. Medic 72 will be your backup. Time out 14:35 Ambulance 34, a BLS level ambulance responds from their designated system-status management post to the residential neighborhood where the call came from. Upon their arrival […]

Is It Still There? Hot Topics in Adequate EMS Pain Management

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It’s a little known fact that I can speak a little Spanish. I’m not very good at it, and I have a lot of trouble conjugating verbs into the past and future tenses, but I can carry on a fairly relevant conversation with most Spanish speaking individuals when the need arises. It always throws people […]

Plastic Snake Oil – EMS Spinal Immobilization

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If you’ve ever stopped to actually think about it, you might notice that EMS is full of things we do simply because they seemed like a good idea at the time. We have providers who blast pure oxygen in the faces of patients where it will not do any good and probably causes harm, have […]

My Butt Isn’t Hurt – Defending EMS’s Public Image

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Some things I need to get off my chest about the treatment of our public image.

Everyone Gets a Card! The Diminishing Importance of ACLS

My Boy Scout first-aid merit badge was a big achievement in my formative years. Little did I know that decades later as a professional paramedic I would get to consistently re-live the experience.

BLS vs ALS – Cold War or Misunderstanding?

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BLS vs. ALS? ALS providers behaving badly? BLS providers protecting their egos at the expense of patient care? It happens. We’re exploring it.

You BLS guys have got this, right?

You BLS guys have got this, right? There’s like, no way that you need paramedic mucking up you scene… right?

15 REAL Reasons to Date a Paramedic

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Consider this a gritty reboot of the other articles out there that claim to know why you should date a paramedic and present the information in numbered lists. Here are 15 REAL reasons you should date a paramedic, written by a real one.

Listen for ALL of the Hoof Beats – Aphorisms and Diagnoses in EMS

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Is Occam using a razor to shave Zebras while Hickam dictates? I’m no good at titles. Anywho, here’s a case about a patient that may be more than he seems

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