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School is in Session… Torticolls what now?

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Well, I learned something. It isn’t every day that someone can pull out a nugget of knowledge I’ve never heard before… but it happens because I’ve got a lot to learn. Here’s one of those times

On the Topic of Ectopics – Ectopic Pregnancy for EMS

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“Any abdominal pain in a pregnant female patient of childbearing age is an ectopic pregnancy until proven otherwise.” Why is this and why is it important for EMS?

Appendicitis – An EMS Case Review

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It’s a dreary, grey late fall day outside and your partner is driving your rig back from the hospital after clearing from a call. You’re feeling very comfortable in the passenger seat of your ambulance as the radio’s playing some annoying pop-drivel by whatever flavor of boy band is popular this month. You’re tired from […]

Routinely Not Routine – Good EMS Makes the Difference

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This guest post from CCEMT-P Chance Gearheart hammers home an important point about our EMS care. Would you have been this diligent?

Tracking Traction – When Traction Splints Should Pull Their Weight

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Have you ever noticed that dusty, old thing in the back cabinet of your ambulance? Well, it’s called a traction splint and you should probably take it out and look at it once in a while. It really is a miracle treatment.

Pericarditis for EMS – A Short and Sweet Case Review

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“When you hear hoofbeats, think horses, not zebras” is a great phrase to live by. Unless you see this somewhat common condition. Not all that hurts is a heart attack.

Heat Emergencies for EMS – The Summer Time Blues

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It’s summertime! Who’s up for a review of Heat Emergencies for EMS?

12-lead EKG tips for EMS – Making the most of the squiggly lines

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Looking to brush up on your EMS 12-lead EKG skills? Here are a few tips you can use to help make the most of this important EMS tool. All levels of EMS provider should have 12-lead acquisition and transmisson capability. It’s the standard of care.

National 911 Education Month – What EMS can do

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April is National 911 Education Month. We’re celebrating it. Let’s show our dispatchers some love and help spread the message. I’ve got some tools you can use today.

Changing Cardiac Care – Being Suspicious

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A study published in the JAMA may have big implications for how we treat “Chest Pain” patients. It changed my care, will it change yours?

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