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Routinely Not Routine – Good EMS Makes the Difference

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This guest post from CCEMT-P Chance Gearheart hammers home an important point about our EMS care. Would you have been this diligent?

Prehospital Pain Control

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Pain: We don’t really do a good job of making it go away. Here are some things to think about with EMS pain management.

Our Biggest Challenge may be Our Best Opportunity – Medicare Pay for Performance and EMS

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Medicare’s new Pay-for-Performance rules are coming into effect. They will hit EMS hard and we need to be out in front of this. Don’t believe me? Please read this.

Tracking Traction – When Traction Splints Should Pull Their Weight

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Have you ever noticed that dusty, old thing in the back cabinet of your ambulance? Well, it’s called a traction splint and you should probably take it out and look at it once in a while. It really is a miracle treatment.

EMS Providers Carrying Guns – A terrible idea

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Have you ever kept hearing people talk about a terrible, awful, no-good, very bad idea? I have been, and it needs to stop…

5 tips for beating the summer heat – An EMS and Medical Stock PSA

This is a free Public Service Announcement that talks about creative ways for staying safe in the summer heat. Feel free to steal it and/or link to it from your EMS agency’s social media or website. Stay safe out there.

Pericarditis for EMS – A Short and Sweet Case Review

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“When you hear hoofbeats, think horses, not zebras” is a great phrase to live by. Unless you see this somewhat common condition. Not all that hurts is a heart attack.

EMS 12-Leads – The Standard of Care

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Every ambulance operating in the United States should be able to obtain a 12-lead EKG. It doesn’t matter if they work in an urban or rural area nor does it matter if they are BLS, ILS, or ALS. Here are some tips that you can take to your communities to support you getting it.

An article on EMS that may actually “get” it

A good article about EMS appeared in Esquire Magazine. Here’s the link and my thoughts. Well done, sir.

Vive la solidarité! Something we have in common with our French friends

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We might not be so different from our French EMS counterparts. Sure we’ve got contrasting systems of EMS delivery, but look at what we have in common. You might be shocked. I was.

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