Blog posts, articles, news reports, and audio podcasts…some of my favorite reads from August 2014.

Blog news from MedicSBK…new website layout. Check it out.

Steve Whitehead lays out the reasons you should quit your crappy EMS job.

This article, I found a gun on my patient. Now what?, struck me as a common sense and repeatable approach for when a patient has a gun or a weapon.

Making ambulances safer for patients and EMTs appeared in the Washington Post. Change continues to come to how patients, EMTs, and equipment are secured in the ambulance patient care compartment.

A NPR Marketplace audio report discusses How to make ambulances safer.

Very early in EMS career I realized I was not cut out for night work and avoided night shifts and 24 hour shifts whenever possible. I know for many of us though that nigh shifts area reality and you many find these Top 10 Tips on Surviving a Night Shift useful (make sure to read the great tips in the comments).

Scott Phelps lays out some important points in an Emergency Medicine News Article, Viewpoint: Do Emergency Physicians Understand Paramedics?

Fit for Duty Consulting has started a new series on heart disease and firefighters. Learn more about risk factors and how to manage them.

Finally, Michael Morse reminds us that success is relatively simple if you follow the Other 10 Commandments.




3 Non-Fiction Books Read

  1. The Finish: the Killing of Osama bin Laden (Amazon link)
  2. Visiting Tom: a man, a highway, and the road to a roughneck (Amazon link)
  3. Unbroken: a World War II story of survival, resilience, and redemption (Amazon link)

Looking for EMS non-fiction and fiction? Check the Everyday EMS Tips bookstore.

3 Fiction Books Read

  1.  The Golden Compass: his dark materials (Amazon link)
  2. Supreme Justice (Amazon link)
  3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows (Amazon link)

Two of three reads were part of my quest to stay abreast of the reading my son is doing.

3 Questions – How, Where, and When

  1. How: Kindle Fire, Kindle iPad app, Kindle Android app
  2. Where: Delta planes, Norwiegan Pearl Cruise Ship, and many types of cars
  3. When: Morning, noon, and night. Sitting, laying, and walking.

What was your favorite book(s) from the summer? 



Policy Prohibiting Concealed Carry of Guns by EMS Professionals

August 12, 2014

Hard to believe it has been almost two years since I last wrote about concealed carry for EMS. But it has. Scott Kier, Sean Eddy, and Chris Montera rekindle the conversation in Episode 14 of the EMS in the New Decade podcast. Two years ago I was skeptical about EMS and concealed carry and I […]

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Product Review: COAST HP7R Focusing Rechargeable LED Flashlight

August 11, 2014

The COAST HP7R Focusing Rechargeable LED Flashlight is a serious flashlight for serious situations that demand high performance, reliability, and durability. Note: I was sent a the HP7R in the late Spring of 2014 for a product review. Learn more about the flashlight from the COAST website or purchase from Amazon. Dual Power and Flexible Charging The […]

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Infectious Disease Prevention: 3 Tips

August 7, 2014

We should all be concerned about the transmission of infectious disease. The transfer of two US citizens infected with Ebola to Emory University has been a hot button news item for the past week. (2 excellent articles on Ebola and care of infected patients) The common cold, seasonal influenza, MRSA, hepatitis, and more are a part […]

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Alternate Posting Location: Best Practices for Live Online EMS Training

August 6, 2014

In episode 395 of the MedicCast Rom Duckworth and I discuss best practices for live online EMS training. Watch and listen using this video or visit the MedicCast where you can also subscribe to all episodes of the MedicCast. Tweet Share

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Question: When a Patient Becomes Violent

August 5, 2014

On Facebook a friend asked, “Are there any precautions an EMT can take in the event that their patient turns on them?” And shared this link: CNN reporter bit 2 EMTs while in drunken rage No Such Thing as a Violent Patient A patient that turns violent is no longer a patient, even if intoxicated. […]

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Alternate Posting Location: Hands-On EMS Training

August 4, 2014

Recently posted at 4 tips for hands-on EMS training in your station Fire station in Skagway, Alaska Tweet Share

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Back from Alaska Cruise

August 2, 2014

I had the good fortune to spend the last week of July on a cruise to Alaska with my family. Regular blog posting will resume as time and ideas allow. Enjoy. Tweet Share

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I Was Nearby: Alaska Tourist Train Derailment

August 1, 2014

Last month I was riding on White Pass and Yukon train that ascends from Skagway, Alaska to the White Pass summit. The popular tourist train follows the route of the historic Yukon Goldrush. I had previously rode the train in 1989. Near about mile 15 our train stopped for what we were told was a […]

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