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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

An Easy Trick for Remembering the Glasgow Coma Scale

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Want to remember a quick and easy trick for remembering the Glasgow Coma Scale? My Extra Value Meal costs $4.56 – Eyes: 1-4 – Verbal 1-5 – Motor 1-6 You can always remember the top numbers of the scale by using this mnemonic, whether or not you actually remember the details of the numbers in […]

Is It Still There? Hot Topics in Adequate EMS Pain Management

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It’s a little known fact that I can speak a little Spanish. I’m not very good at it, and I have a lot of trouble conjugating verbs into the past and future tenses, but I can carry on a fairly relevant conversation with most Spanish speaking individuals when the need arises. It always throws people […]

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 […]

Working Out on Shift – Any tips out there?

I can work out on duty, and I really should. Ever kneel down to do CPR and come up with a cramp on compression #38? I’m needing your suggestions here.

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.

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