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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 […]

Pulmonary Embolism – An EMS Case Review

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Ambulance 34, Ambulance 34. 452 Smithfield Street for the 34 year old male with chest pain and difficulty breathing. Delta-Level response. Medic 72 will be your backup. Time out 14:35 Ambulance 34, a BLS level ambulance responds from their designated system-status management post to the residential neighborhood where the call came from. Upon their arrival […]

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?

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.

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 case law? AMA Refusals, Death, and Documentation

This post highlights a recent piece of EMS case law where an ambulance service was successfully sued over an AMA refusal and a patient’s subsequent death… It’s a must read

What Difference Does EMS Make? Choose Your Own Ending

I got a little philisophical with this post and I’d like you to pick the ending I should use. What do the three cases I present mean to you?

Should EMS Improvise? And the Recipe for the “Kaiser Cocktail”

Sometimes EMS providers need to improvise for the best possible patient care. Here’s something I use to treat mild hypoglycemia in the known diabetic. I’m asking for your opinion on this one, should I be doing this?

When all you have is a hammer… Every problem looks like, lasix?

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Ever heard the expression “When all you have is a hammer, every problem tends to look like a nail”. I do that on fire scenes, but is it good to do that with EMS?

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