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Pushing Down the Skills – Bringing New Tricks to BLS

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Pushing skills down to lower licensure levels has always been something that EMS has done. What skills should BLS providers have that they don’t currently have? Here’s my take on the debate.

Prehospital Pain Control

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Pain: We don’t really do a good job of making it go away. Here are some things to think about with EMS pain management.

Dirty Wet Wipes, Millions of Dollars, and the Coming Changes to EMS

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What do dirty wet wipes have to do with bankrupt ambulance services? Plenty, in my opinion. You need to read this

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.

FIrefighter Pre-Hydration – Fight Fire like a Marathon Runner

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Fighting fire in full gear is akin to running a marathon, right? In response to a rash of heat-related illnesses among firefighters lately, maybe we should prepare ourselves like marathon runners do. Firefighter pre-hydration can be easy and effective. Here are some tips you can use in your station.

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.

Heat Emergencies for EMS – The Summer Time Blues

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It’s summertime! Who’s up for a review of Heat Emergencies for EMS?

12-lead EKG tips for EMS – Making the most of the squiggly lines

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Looking to brush up on your EMS 12-lead EKG skills? Here are a few tips you can use to help make the most of this important EMS tool. All levels of EMS provider should have 12-lead acquisition and transmisson capability. It’s the standard of care.

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.

Blood Pressure – Vital Knowledge for EMS

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Your patient’s blood pressure is telling you more than you may know to look for. Here are some things that EMTs and Paramedics should know about this Vital sign.

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