Turn off the lights. Turn off the sirens. Get to the patient safely and alive.

The evidence for ambulance siren and red light use was the subject of a NHTSA Office of EMS Focus webinar. The most interesting (and new to me) discussion point is that ambulance siren and red light use may discourage some patients from calling for an ambulance.

The evidence for ambulance use of lights and sirens, and recommendations for response and transport benchmarks were presented by Douglas Kupas, MD. Keep reading at EMS1.com.

Then click to FireRescue1 to read “4 types of drivers you’ll encounter when driving the rig” and one of the best tips I have read on emergency vehicle driving.

Don’t Drive as Fast as the Fire Truck Will Go

Don’t Drive as Fast as the Ambulance Will Go

Don’t Drive as Fast as the Police Car Will Go

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It’s a major award (nomination)!

At least in the world of business to business publishing. Congratulations to my colleagues, a fantastic team of writers and editors, at Praetorian Digital for these nominations:

Read more: Praetorian Digital Named 2017 FOLIO Eddie Award Finalist in 4 Categories

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Are you really going to arrest an ED nurse?

September 8, 2017

I also thought of titling this post, “What would Fonzie do?” but that seems like a pretty dated reference. Or perhaps “How would Barney Stinson have played this situation?” Detective Jeff Payne, a Utah police officer and paramedic since 1983, became a viral news sensation when he handcuffed an emergency department nurse who refused to let him […]

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5 Million Steps in 12 Months

September 3, 2017

I made it. Five million steps. I have been on an intentional quest since realizing how close I was in April 2017. Six million … I would really need to up my game, but there is something catchy about being a 6 million step man.   Tweet

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Reports from Pinnacle EMS Conference 2017

August 14, 2017

I attended the Pinnacle EMS Conference in Boca Raton, Fla. last week. I wrote quick take articles for many of the sessions I attended. What’s the future of EMS? – a facilitated discussion on the EMS Agenda 2050 Fatigue in EMS: Preview of an evidence-based guideline – early glimpse at the recommendations coming from the Fatigue in […]

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President Trump, Ask EMS about Opioid Epidemic

August 3, 2017

The President’s opioid commission issued its (overdue) draft report this week. The commission makes many reasonable recommendations, but has seemingly failed to consider the expertise of EMS in understanding the epidemic, the thousands (hundreds of thousands?) of patients being saved by EMS, the opportunity for EMS to steer addicts towards treatment, and the staggering costs […]

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Google searches for opioids, narcotics and other drugs

August 1, 2017

Idea I had for an EMS1 article, well-executed by Alex Bryant, which posted on July 19. Which opioids are Americans Googling the most?  And a slightly different angle on Google searches related to drug withdrawal in the Washington Post. Analysis | What our Google searches reveal about the drug epidemic I can also share that […]

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Make Alexa your Ambulance Partner

July 27, 2017

On a whim – which I rarely have – I purchased the Amazon Echo device through a Prime member pre-purchase offer. I have been enamored with Alexa ever since setting up the device in my kitchen and regularly imagine Alexa (or Google or Siri) as an ambulance partner. Those day dreams, along with everyday use […]

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Yes, EMS Responds to Opioid Overdoses

June 30, 2017

EMS has been on the frontlines of the opioid overdose epidemic. Long before presidential candidates, national news outlets, and U.S. Senators were discussing the scope of the epidemic and the billions of dollars needed to reverse overdoses, provide treatment and stem the flow of legal and legal narcotics EMS was treating overdose patients. Long after […]

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Incredibly Sad

June 3, 2017

New article posted to EMS1. We didn’t need another tragic reminder of the danger of EMS Tweet

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