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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 […]

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 […]

GPS in the Ambulance – An overreliance on Ms. Kitty

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Do you have a magical voice box on your dashboard that tells you where do go? Do lives depend on it?? Maybe you might want a backup plan.

Those Darn Kids!

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You Darn Kids and your Newfangled whozewhats and your whoop-dee-do’s and your confounded youth! The Old Grizzled Medic(TM) in me takes over for this one… Y’all kids are just chappin my hide!

Back in the Saddle Again!

After a short, unscheduled break… I’m Back Baby! Here’s something that made me laugh till I cried this morning. I love EMS.

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?

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?

In an Instant

This is a therapy session for me. An incident that happend to me years ago has been haunting my mind lately and I thought writing it down would help. Spoiler alert: The kid dies at the end.

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.

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.

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