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Should EMS Improvise? And the Recipe for the “Kaiser Cocktail”

Sometimes EMS providers need to improvise for the best possible patient care. Here’s something I use to treat mild hypoglycemia in the known diabetic. I’m asking for your opinion on this one, should I be doing this?

Rural EMS – A Fictional Letter to the Small Town Community

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Rural EMS has it’s challenges, not the least of which are the low pay and long hours. I believe that the lives of those in the sticks are just as important as the lives of those in the city and that rural folk need paramedics too. This is a fictional letter with a very real message.

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?

Grumblemedics

Grumblemedics seem to be everywhere, whether they’re a “grumble-Pee” or a “grumble-bee”, perhaps they should evaluate their own attitudes. We have a long way to go, but look at how far we’ve come.

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?

Huddled Masses. Healthcare. Honor. EMS.

Undocumented Immigrants? Illegal Immigration? Where do we stand on this as EMS professionals? What do we do?

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…

Guest Post – From JDmedic on Two Cases, One Letter

A response to a recent post “Two Comments, One Letter – From One Paramedic’s Struggles, Change Can Come” sparked a good guest post from one of my readers. This is a guest post by JDmedic. Nice job.

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