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The Normal Saline Shortage and the ALS Mindset

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In case you haven’t heard, the United States is running short of slightly salty water. Specifically we’re having an unprecedented shortage of 0.9% normal saline solution, the kind that is used as the most common intravenous fluid in every form of healthcare that puts needles into people’s veins. I don’t really know the reasons why […]

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 […]

April is Autism Awareness Month: Now Let’s Go Farther

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In honor of all of those with Special Needs and also of those who love them, let’s go a bit father than “Awareness” for Autism Awareness Month.

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.

Change Medicare? Save EMS

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The “Fee-for-Transport” revenue model has failed us. EMS has grown to fit the healthcare payment system and has limited so much of our profession’s evolution. We need new revenue streams and innovation, not archaic regulation. Viva EMS!

Primary Care Paramedics? I think it’s time

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One of my big hopes for EMS 2.0 is that one day, your local paramedic will be one of the Gatekeepers to the Emergency Healthcare System, that paramedics will provide primary care, and that our profession could save healthcare. We’ve got a lot to learn, though…

Are We the Gatekeepers to the Emergency Healthcare System? – EMS 2.0

EMS 2.0 has so much potential to save billions in unneccesary healthcare costs here in the US. Could this be an example? In this scenario, I tell the story of what I’ve put into practice since the Chronicles of EMS came on the scene.

Expanding Our Career Options – Non-Traditional EMS Jobs

Paramedics and EMTs aren’t pigeonholed into our tradidional roles. With a bit of forward thinking, we can expand our professional talents into a lot of industries. Can you help? Join in the discussion.

Life Under the Lights – From behind the Windshield

This post goes out to my blogger buddy @medicthree – (http://www.medicthree.com) whose been having a few rough shifts lately. If you’ve been having a few rough ones lately, this one’s for you too. It’s kind of a rambling, disjointed post about emotions in EMS. It made me feel better to write it. Here’s hoping that it makes you feel better to read it.

Dear State of Illinois EMS…

State of Illinois EMS… We have to have a little talk. Can we save our relationship?

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