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The “Pump It!” Study Seeks to Prove Effectiveness of Chest Compressions in Out Of Hospital Cardiac Arrest

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April 1st, 2014 – Emporia, AR. The members of the Emporia (AR) EMS agency (EEA) will soon be participating in a potentially groundbreaking study to prove the effectiveness of CPR in patients suffering from a sudden cardiac arrest. Dubbed the “Pump It!” study, patients who are found to be suffering from Out of Hospital Cardiac […]

Thank You, Boundtree Medical Products – April 1st, 2014

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On this most sacred of EMS holidays, I would like to give a shout-out to Boundtree Medical products, one of the companies my ambulance service uses for EMS supplies. You may remember them from the catalog they send out periodically, the one that weighs enough to give the mail carrier a hernia. That thing is […]

A Big Announcement for EMS 2.0!

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March 20th, 2014 was a big day for the EMS 2.0 movement. On that day, the EMS 2.0 Facebook Page received a message from not one, but two US EMS services asking the leaders of the EMS 2.0 movement to step in and “finally figure out what the heck we should be doing with those […]

Neighboring Ambulance Service Finally Admits to being “A Bunch of Idiots”

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“I guess they’ve been right this whole time” opined Chief Dave Schlemmer of the Neighboring Ambulance Service, “we really are a bunch of idiots.” In a small ceremony attended by various members of the media and numerous ambulance service members, the Neighboring Ambulance Service finally admitted that they are, in fact, “a bunch of idiots […]

Pulmonary Embolism – An EMS Case Review

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Ambulance 34, Ambulance 34. 452 Smithfield Street for the 34 year old male with chest pain and difficulty breathing. Delta-Level response. Medic 72 will be your backup. Time out 14:35 Ambulance 34, a BLS level ambulance responds from their designated system-status management post to the residential neighborhood where the call came from. Upon their arrival […]

Provider Suicide – A Letter From Someone’s Coworker

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This letter came in from a medic in a part of the US the other day. I’m posting it with a few edits, but the message is very much intact. These are better words than I can type, and I’m glad she is putting this raw and poignant message out there. ———————————————————————— One of our […]

The “Pre-Clear” & Other Tricks to Reduce the Perishock Pause

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Push Hard. Push Fast. Don’t Stop. By now, every single healthcare person out there should know that in order to improve a victim of cardiac arrest’s chances of meaningful survival, chest compressions are where it’s at. Blood needs to keep circulating in order to keep a person’s heart and brain alive and functioning. High quality […]

Is It Still There? Hot Topics in Adequate EMS Pain Management

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It’s a little known fact that I can speak a little Spanish. I’m not very good at it, and I have a lot of trouble conjugating verbs into the past and future tenses, but I can carry on a fairly relevant conversation with most Spanish speaking individuals when the need arises. It always throws people […]

Plastic Snake Oil – EMS Spinal Immobilization

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If you’ve ever stopped to actually think about it, you might notice that EMS is full of things we do simply because they seemed like a good idea at the time. We have providers who blast pure oxygen in the faces of patients where it will not do any good and probably causes harm, have […]

My Butt Isn’t Hurt – Defending EMS’s Public Image

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Some things I need to get off my chest about the treatment of our public image.

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