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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 […]

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 […]

Proposed WI Law Highlights Need for Ambulances To Ditch Epi-Pens

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Some recent proposed legislation here in the State of Wisconsin has gotten me back of the topic of ambulances carrying Epi-Pens. The bill, sponsored by Republican lawmakers, seeks to allow “camps, colleges, day care facilities, restaurants and other businesses to the list of entities allowed to carry and administer” epinephrine via auto-injector. You can read […]

I Cannot Lie, I Laugh on the Ambulance

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I may bash some of the more over the top EMS memes out there, but never let it be said that I don’t like EMS humor. With as stressful and sleep-deprivingly intense as this job can get some days I’m lucky enough to find it just hilarious enough to allow me to keep my sanity […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

So You Think You Can EKG?

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I have a love/hate relationship with our friend the 12-lead EKG. I tend to obtain a lot of them in the course of my field care, and I’m a regular reader/lurker over at the Prehospital 12-lead EKG blog that our friends Chris and Tom et al write in their spare time. I love them because […]

Have a Stryker Power Cot? Check the Hydraulic Lines

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If I had to pick the one single invention that has had the most impact on my professional practice of EMS, it would be the Stryker Power Cot. Sure, there are some awesome changes that have been made to the profession in the years that I’ve been applying bandages to accident victims, but those things […]

Pediatric Cardiac Complacency – A Case Study for EMS

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It’s interesting how personal experiences and professional biases can affect a clinician’s personal style of providing patient care. I’d wager that it happens to us all in some subtle and some not-so-subtle ways. One of the things I’ve noticed about my own style of personal practice is that I’m very sensitive to screening for and […]

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