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Paramedics and EMTs are Special, a salute to the Spork!

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The humble spork, the very symbol of efficiency, ingenuity, and ineffective eating performance. How does the spork tie in with EMS? Very well, actually. We are sporks and we’re not sporks. It’s complex… you’ll see

When all you have is a hammer… Every problem looks like, lasix?

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Ever heard the expression “When all you have is a hammer, every problem tends to look like a nail”. I do that on fire scenes, but is it good to do that with EMS?

Master Paramedics? I’m asking you a question

I have a question for all of you readers out there. Trade Unions have always honored their best and most experienced members by bestowing the title of “Master”. How would we in the Profession of EMS honor our own Masters?

A Slap in the Face for Medics? How about a Wake-up call

Following up to the “A Slap in the Face to Paramedics Everywhere?” Post, this is how I see it once I’ve calmed down a bit. It is a slap, but it should serve as a wake-up call for EMS.

Saved by the Bell? High School Student EMS

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Remember High School? I do. I was the geeky kid who did show choir. I played football too, though. I was young, naive, and inexperienced. I also desperately wanted to be on an ambulance before I was 18. Was that a good idea? Some communities are doing just that. I was for it… but should I have been?

Trust… It’s everything

This post is about when “Stuff gets real”. It’s about trusting your colleagues and yourself to perform when everything’s on the line. It’s about trusting your fellow EMTs and paramedics to perform when it’s your loved-one on the line. Do you trust them? Do you trust yourself?

Any Random Person

Hey, I could do that ALS stuff. Any Random Person could do some of that stuff. Right? Well, I counter that it takes a VERY SPECIAL KIND of random person to be a good ALS provider.

3am with Ckemtp – (See Gus? I can do that too)

It’s midnight, I have to be up and out the door at 3am to fly out to EMS today at 6am. I’m excited, but it’s cold and Mama Juggs keeps setting off the tones.. then Gina keeps elbowing me and telling me to go to the station to do paramedic stuff…

Two Cases, One letter – From one Paramedic’s struggles, change can come

A letter I got from a fellow Paramedic has caused me to write a long tyrade on the state of EMS. This post will make you mad. It will challenge you and challenge our profession. You will probably see yourself in the words this Paramedic wrote to me. We Need Change.

The Chronicles of EMS – Day 3?? Who knows, I’m flying

I am flying. I am so freaking happy that I came to San Francisco! Just.. wow.

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