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Foot-in-Mouth-Itis. Stupid Things We Say in EMS

Does your foot seem to have an oral fixation? Mine does. Sometimes I say some really stupid stuff. A letter I recieved from a “paramedic student” has gotten me thinking about some of those times.

Trust… It’s everything

This post is about when “Stuff gets real”. It’s about trusting your colleagues and yourself to perform when everything’s on the line. It’s about trusting your fellow EMTs and paramedics to perform when it’s your loved-one on the line. Do you trust them? Do you trust yourself?

Two Cases, One letter – From one Paramedic’s struggles, change can come

A letter I got from a fellow Paramedic has caused me to write a long tyrade on the state of EMS. This post will make you mad. It will challenge you and challenge our profession. You will probably see yourself in the words this Paramedic wrote to me. We Need Change.

The Perfect Emergency? Well, almost

An idyllic day, an idyllic shift, and an *almost* perfect response. What was wrong with this call? Well.. maybe it was us.

Ten (or so) things that you should try to do with every patient

Ten (or so) quick things that you should try to do with every patient to improve your care

Mental Quickness – Do Smart Alecks Make Better EMTs?

Input, processing speed, and decision making skills are all part of being a good EMT or Paramedic. How can we improve our own? By thinking about it in a new way… and by busting some chops too

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.

“CPR Theatre” – Pediatric Deaths, resuscitations, and futility

This post is a cooperative joint topic with two widely respected EMS bloggers, Steve Whitehead from Http://www.TheEMTspot.com and Greg Friese, from Http://www.EveryDayEMStips.com – Our topic is supposed to be on why it is that EMTs, Paramedics, and other healthcare providers will sometimes “go through the motions” and continue on with futile resuscitations with pediatric cardiac […]

The Paramedic Intercept – Rural EMS

A series on the issues facing rural EMS and rural paramedicine – The ALS Intercept, or Paramedic Intercept, is a useful tool in extending the highest level of care to rural communities. I’ve done this from both sides and believe that it’s a useful tool

Paramedics Providing Physicals? Decreasing Healthcare Costs and Improving Care – EMS 2.0

Brainstorming ways that Paramedics and EMS could improve the Healthcare system and save money is part of EMS 2.0. Could a paramedic provide your next annual physical exam? Maybe we should.

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