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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 […]

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 […]

EMS 2.0 – The $20 Desk Fan of Healthcare Reform

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Bear with me for a minute here folks. This is long, but important. I’d like to talk for a bit about the EMS 2.0 movement and US healthcare reform, a subject that I haven’t brought up for a while but that is still very important. EMS 2.0 hasn’t slowed down, and you may recognize a […]

A Big Announcement for EMS 2.0!

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March 20th, 2014 was a big day for the EMS 2.0 movement. On that day, the EMS 2.0 Facebook Page received a message from not one, but two US EMS services asking the leaders of the EMS 2.0 movement to step in and “finally figure out what the heck we should be doing with those […]

The “Pre-Clear” & Other Tricks to Reduce the Perishock Pause

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Push Hard. Push Fast. Don’t Stop. By now, every single healthcare person out there should know that in order to improve a victim of cardiac arrest’s chances of meaningful survival, chest compressions are where it’s at. Blood needs to keep circulating in order to keep a person’s heart and brain alive and functioning. High quality […]

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 […]

Our Biggest Challenge may be Our Best Opportunity – Medicare Pay for Performance and EMS

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Medicare’s new Pay-for-Performance rules are coming into effect. They will hit EMS hard and we need to be out in front of this. Don’t believe me? Please read this.

EMS 12-Leads – The Standard of Care

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Every ambulance operating in the United States should be able to obtain a 12-lead EKG. It doesn’t matter if they work in an urban or rural area nor does it matter if they are BLS, ILS, or ALS. Here are some tips that you can take to your communities to support you getting it.

Vive la solidarité! Something we have in common with our French friends

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We might not be so different from our French EMS counterparts. Sure we’ve got contrasting systems of EMS delivery, but look at what we have in common. You might be shocked. I was.

Hangover Heaven? WHY ARE WE NOT DOING THIS!?!?

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Does a new business model invented in Las Vegas hold the key to ending EMS’s collective budget woes forever? It’s certainly something to look into. You have GOT to see this.

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Chris Kaiser aka "Ckemtp"

I am a paramedic trying to advance the idea that the Emergency Medical Services can be made into the profession that we all want it, need it, and know it deserves to be.

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