One of my favorite training activities is to ask, “What if…”

What happened: The son of an elderly dementia patient posted his disappointment to Facebook about the poor packaging for his father and lack of communication he received about his father’s discharge from a skilled nursing facility. Two images posted by Ross Leonardo show his father on a cot covered with a thin sheet and wearing a gown.

“This is how Manor care in West Deptford Twp. sent my father home,” wrote Leonardo. “We received no phone call to verify if anyone was home the weather outside is 1°.”

Read the rest of this reality training article: Patient packaging for nursing home to home transport

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How a FF/Paramedic recovered from a violent on-duty attack

January 22, 2016

New EMS1 article…Leaning against a trolley stop railing, unable to take a breath and sensing the blood running down his back, firefighter/paramedic Ben Vernon felt anger begin to boil up inside. He had just been stabbed — a victim in a knife fight he didn’t even know he was in — and that anger would grow […]

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Praetorian Digital: Join the Team

January 21, 2016

Praetorian Digital, home to EMS1, PoliceOne, FireRescue1, and Corrections1, is the leading digital media company for public safety. It is also my employer. We have a positions open. If you apply, make sure to say “Greg told me about this job” because that is worth a bunch of awesome bonus points and I will receive a handsome […]

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Body armor for paramedics and EMTs

January 16, 2016

Questions for EMS leaders before purchasing body armor EMS agencies across the United States are adding or considering body armor as required personal protective equipment for their EMTs and paramedics. Recent news of ballistic vests, secured through budget allocation, grants or donation, has come from Cleveland, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Michigan, Ohio, and Colorado. Some […]

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Who is our EMS dear and fearless leader?

January 11, 2016

Last week I imagined a rainbow brightened and unicorn laden future for EMS funded by the enormous Powerball jackpot. $600 million became $700 million which became $800 million and by the time the numbers were drawn Saturday night $900 million was at stake. The Ambulance Driver (aka Kelly Grayson) has proposed an alternative spending plan for […]

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I am going to win the Powerball

January 8, 2016

Probably not, but that won’t stop me from buying a ticket before tomorrow night’s drawing. I pondered how EMS, if it were able to win, might spend the $800 million dollar jackpot. — I don’t buy a lottery ticket often, but when I do I wait until the jackpot is over $400 million. If I […]

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How catastrophic is an ambulance crash?

December 12, 2015

A Reddit/EMS thread asked, How catastrophic is an ambulance crash? Like many things…it depends. This was the answer I posted (with a few edits made for this post): A few of my thoughts…from reading lots of news accounts about ambulance crashes  and knowing several ambulance crash survivors. 1. Ambulance crashes happen with distressing frequency. Crashes happen […]

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Action Alert: Call on Senate and House to Reauthorize the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act

December 9, 2015

Enough of the stalling, waiting and inaction. Now is the time for the Senate and House to reauthorize the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. Contact your legislators today in the Senate and House. EMS, fire and police have a tremendous supporter in Jon Stewart, former host of the Daily Show. I am hard-pressed to think […]

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EMS Books – Continue Your Education

December 5, 2015
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There are lots and lots of books for EMTs and Paramedics to start your education or continue your education. I am looking forward to reading “Handle with Care: The Ferno Story” which I received this week from Ferno and is available on Amazon. Thanks! The Ambulance Driver, Kelly Grayson, recommended 10 books every paramedic should own. […]

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