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The Home Cook vs. the Professional Chef – What EMS Can Learn from Cooking

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Before her nose turned up too far at the plate I had put in front of her, I was able to convince my daughter to try the brussels sprouts I’d roasted to go along with our dinner. Our family’s healthy eating transition has been hard on our long-suffering pre-teen, but she’s managing. More veggies and […]

Maybe You Don’t Deserve More Money – A Guest Post

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My new ambulance partners don’t really take me seriously the first time they witness me do this. They don’t really think I’m sincere, I guess. Neither do the new people who I stop in the hallway and thank, and I mean sincerely thank, for doing their part to save the lives of my patients and […]

For No Really Good Reason…

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For no really good reason, I left work a bit late the other morning. Sure, we caught a call 16 minutes before the end-of-shift, but the great guys on “A” shift were already there and ready to go so we didn’t have to take it. I could have left right on time then, but for no really […]

Smoother Than a Fresh Jar of Skippy

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Hey! Have you seen the COOL NEW VIRAL WEB VIDEO!? It’s VIRAL! Sorry y’all, but I couldn’t resist. I usually don’t post about these sort of things. I’ll watch them, enjoy them for a bit, and then let all of the other blogs and websites talk about them. Usually by the time I’ve seen something […]

Stop Feeding the EMS Tee Trolls

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If I took the time I spend perusing Facebook and spent it writing blog posts instead, I could probably fill more server space than I have available. I spend way too much time on the ‘net doing drive by posting on social media than I ever do posting here, and that’s a shame. I really […]

EMS Use of the PERC Rule for Pulmonary Embolism

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Your patient, a 54 year-old Female, looks at you with a subtle yet perceptible look of panic in her eyes and winces slightly with every breath. You arrived with your Engine company a few minutes ago and are riding the EMT spot today. The Medic unit is inbound, but is coming from across town and […]

Five Thing Friday – #2

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Howdy Folks! Welcome to the second edition of Five Thing Friday, the edition that goes to prove that I can actually follow through with something for more than one week! I’m surprised too. As you may have known from last week’s edition, Five Thing Friday, or “5TF” for the cool kids, is five articles that […]

I Got Attacked – A Paramedic Speaks About Public Trust

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I received a letter from a paramedic who wishes to remain anonymous for reasons of keeping his or her employment status. They also want to speak freely because what he/she says in the letter may unfortunately be controversial in the current political and media climate. I’m going to post the letter mostly using that person’s […]

The Lore of the Drawer and the Door Frame

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I am pleased to announce that the other day when I came home from my ambulance shift I actually performed an act of home improvement. That’s right, I came home from work, saw a chronic problem that had been in need of repair for quite some time, and fixed it. I fixed it good too, […]

Welcome to the Club

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Welcome. You might be wondering why you’re here, who I am, and how long you’ll be here. In fact, I’m sure you have many questions. Some of them I can answer, some of them I can’t, and some of them are questions we both have. I do know that we’ll most probably be together for […]

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