A Big Announcement for EMS 2.0!

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March 20th, 2014 was a big day for the EMS 2.0 movement. On that day, the EMS 2.0 Facebook Page received a message from not one, but two US EMS services asking the leaders of the EMS 2.0 movement to step in and “finally figure out what the heck we should be doing with those […]

Neighboring Ambulance Service Finally Admits to being “A Bunch of Idiots”

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“I guess they’ve been right this whole time” opined Chief Dave Schlemmer of the Neighboring Ambulance Service, “we really are a bunch of idiots.” In a small ceremony attended by various members of the media and numerous ambulance service members, the Neighboring Ambulance Service finally admitted that they are, in fact, “a bunch of idiots […]

Pediatric Coughing Spell – More than it seems?

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If you’re interested in reading another case study regarding EMS treatment of an unusual episode of coughing and respiratory distress in a pediatric patient, click on over here: Pediatric Coughing Spell Could Be More Than Respiratory Distress – www.JEMS.com This article just happens to be the “Case of the Month” in the March 2014 issue […]

The Five Second Rule – Six Ways you can Reduce Pauses in Compressions and Save More Lives with CPR

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If you’ve been staying awake in your CPR classes for the last few years, you know that quality chest compressions and defibrillation are the only things proven to actually revive victims of cardiac arrest. Study after study has shown that any time not spent compressing the heart is time generally wasted on otherwise unproductive tasks. […]

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 […]

Provider Suicide – A Letter From Someone’s Coworker

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This letter came in from a medic in a part of the US the other day. I’m posting it with a few edits, but the message is very much intact. These are better words than I can type, and I’m glad she is putting this raw and poignant message out there. ———————————————————————— One of our […]

EMS Autism Awareness Shirts – Ends March 17th, 2014

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One of the perks of having the blog is that I get to promote good causes. Of course, I couldn’t possibly support all of the good causes that I get asked to support as it would quite literally take up all of my time, but every now and then I see something that I think […]

The “Pre-Clear” & Other Tricks to Reduce the Perishock Pause

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Push Hard. Push Fast. Don’t Stop. By now, every single healthcare person out there should know that in order to improve a victim of cardiac arrest’s chances of meaningful survival, chest compressions are where it’s at. Blood needs to keep circulating in order to keep a person’s heart and brain alive and functioning. High quality […]

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 […]

Plastic Snake Oil – EMS Spinal Immobilization

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If you’ve ever stopped to actually think about it, you might notice that EMS is full of things we do simply because they seemed like a good idea at the time. We have providers who blast pure oxygen in the faces of patients where it will not do any good and probably causes harm, have […]

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Chris Kaiser aka "Ckemtp"

I am a paramedic trying to advance the idea that the Emergency Medical Services can be made into the profession that we all want it, need it, and know it deserves to be.

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