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Everyone Gets a Card! The Diminishing Importance of ACLS

My Boy Scout first-aid merit badge was a big achievement in my formative years. Little did I know that decades later as a professional paramedic I would get to consistently re-live the experience.

Listen for ALL of the Hoof Beats – Aphorisms and Diagnoses in EMS

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Is Occam using a razor to shave Zebras while Hickam dictates? I’m no good at titles. Anywho, here’s a case about a patient that may be more than he seems

Call PAPPA for Chest Pain – A helpful Mnemonic for Paramedics and EMTs

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If you’ve been an EMT or Paramedic for more than a few days, chances are that you’ve met someone complaining of chest pain. “Chest Pain” calls are one of the most common reasons for an ambulance being dispatched and for good reason, a patient having pain in their chest can be experiencing a host of […]

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.

A Weighty Protocol Change

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An Innovative idea in Medical Control from the Medical Director with the Calculator Watch.

School is in Session… Torticolls what now?

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Well, I learned something. It isn’t every day that someone can pull out a nugget of knowledge I’ve never heard before… but it happens because I’ve got a lot to learn. Here’s one of those times

Pushing Down the Skills – Bringing New Tricks to BLS

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Pushing skills down to lower licensure levels has always been something that EMS has done. What skills should BLS providers have that they don’t currently have? Here’s my take on the debate.

On the Topic of Ectopics – Ectopic Pregnancy for EMS

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“Any abdominal pain in a pregnant female patient of childbearing age is an ectopic pregnancy until proven otherwise.” Why is this and why is it important for EMS?

Appendicitis – An EMS Case Review

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It’s a dreary, grey late fall day outside and your partner is driving your rig back from the hospital after clearing from a call. You’re feeling very comfortable in the passenger seat of your ambulance as the radio’s playing some annoying pop-drivel by whatever flavor of boy band is popular this month. You’re tired from […]

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?

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