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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 […]

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.

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.

Hypocritically Speaking – My opinions about EMS models and philosophies

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Two of my opinions on EMS are possibly in conflict with some other of my opinions on EMS. Am I a hypocrite? Come on and take your shots at me… because I haven’t changed any of my potentially offending opinions yet.

A Medic Roast in Tennessee

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In this post I make the statement “If you’ve been a paramedic in the field for any length of time and this article doesn’t scare you, you’ve not been much of a paramedic for any length of time.” It will, trust me.

Perils of Paramedics Pursing imProper Patient Refusals

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The nation’s capital is at it again. In this example of *stellar* journalism, we read about a medic having a bad day, and a patient having his last one.

A Late-Night Rant about Petty Politics in EMS

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Tonight, I had a bit of a rant that I let fly… Who am I kidding, it was a full-blown Hissy. I’m tired of the politics in EMS and I’m ranting about it. If I start the change, will you join me?

Too Much Information For a Paramedic?

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Our friend Greg Friese was told that a class he taught was “too much information for a paramedic”. Now there’s three bloggers ranting, good job there, Anonymous Student Evaluation.

Four Words: EMS, Apathy, Disgrace, Massachusetts.

You’ve heard about the Mass. 200, right? Well, this is my take on it. The system may be broken, but they needed to do more than just ignore it. There’s more.

To Kneel or not to Kneel

Exploring the squishy side of emergency response. Do you always remember to look where you’re putting your knees? I don’t… Eww.

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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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  • Comments
    riedmur
    Why do Ambulances Carry Epi-Pens?
    The Epi-pen probably costs about $25 and the other $375 is for insurance premiums for the one patient who dies after the injection and the family sues for $10 million.
    2015-06-26 14:54:00
    Scott Bennett
    Maybe You Don’t Deserve More Money – A Guest Post
    A long reply written while on standby. tl;dr version: Basics, and for that matter paramedics, are poorly paid because there is little, if any, economic incentive to pay them more. It's my general belief that "deserve a raise" is a phrase with little practical meaning. Nearly no one in this country is paid based on…
    2015-06-25 23:57:00
    Barefoot in MN
    Provider Suicide – A Letter From Someone’s Coworker
    I hope you do start that crisis line. It's needed. Kudos to you on your recovery... may you be well.
    2015-06-20 22:49:00
    Barefoot in MN
    I Got Attacked – A Paramedic Speaks About Public Trust
    It's a good point - that people are becoming needlessly afraid of their own local LE's -- but I hope you will not wait for "the media" to notice this post. Send it to them -- by e-mail, by comment on their web sites, & by printed hard-copy snail-mailed to each of their many offices…
    2015-06-20 17:49:00
    Barefoot in MN
    More EMS Scenarios for the Real World
    Thanks for these ! yes, the exotic calls are fun but the "routine" calls are people, too. Just because we may have seen "this sort of thing" before, doesn't make it routine for the patient in front of us.
    2015-06-20 17:41:00

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