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More EMS Scenarios for the Real World

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Scenario-based education is a great learning tool for EMS people. I believe that scenarios are one of the best ways for EMTs and Paramedics to get their heads in the game and think deeply about potential problems they might face in the field before the tones go off and the pressure comes on. EMS scenarios […]

Stop Feeding the EMS Tee Trolls

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If I took the time I spend perusing Facebook and spent it writing blog posts instead, I could probably fill more server space than I have available. I spend way too much time on the ‘net doing drive by posting on social media than I ever do posting here, and that’s a shame. I really […]

Hey Texas EMTs – In case you hadn’t seen this yet

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My polite opinion is that the Texas Emergency Nurses’ Association can take their opinion and practice invasive self-proctology with it… but you don’t have to take my word for it. Take our friend Kelly Grayson’s word for it instead.

Merry Christmas 2014

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Merry Christmas Everyone. If you’re one of my readers, you’re probably not offended that I said that. Regardless, I wish the happiest holiday of your choice to you and yours should you not celebrate as I do. We’re a mixed-faith household and Hanukah is celebrated here as well. So is Festivus, even though my wife […]

Why do Ambulances Carry Epi-Pens?

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Why do ambulances carry Epi-Pens? You may be asking yourself why I might ask that question. After all, Epinephrine is the first-line medication used for the treatment of anaphylaxis as recommended by scores of organizations and people who know what they’re talking about. It is the definitive treatment for any severe allergic reaction or case […]

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 […]

Five Thing Friday – #1

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Hello! Welcome to my new (hopefully) regularly-recurrent feature I’m calling “Five Thing Friday” or “5TF” for the cool kids. (Hopefully) Every Friday I’ll be posting 5 interesting articles, videos, or other “things” that I think are cool, interesting, or just plain good for y’all to see. You may read them at your leisure. Here’s hoping […]

The Lore of the Drawer and the Door Frame

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I am pleased to announce that the other day when I came home from my ambulance shift I actually performed an act of home improvement. That’s right, I came home from work, saw a chronic problem that had been in need of repair for quite some time, and fixed it. I fixed it good too, […]

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 […]

The Natural Alignment Movement – Freedom of Choice from the Orthopedic Conspiracy

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When Paramedic Christopher Downdike responded to a seemingly routine ambulance call the other afternoon, he never expected he would be coming face to face with a national movement made up of people who say they’re fighting for the health of their children and for their rights as parents to choose the medical care they feel […]

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