For more than 10 years I have been writing for online trade publications (EMS1 and EMS World), posting to this blog, heavily tweeting and posting publicly to Facebook, podcasting hundreds of episodes, uploading presentations to SlideShare and just generally being an open book on the internet.

But no post, Tweet, podcast, slide deck, article, YouTube video, screencast, or photo has been as extensively republished than a set of How to use an EpiPen photos, part of an EMS equipment album, I posted to Flickr in February 2012.

Those photos regularly show up in news stories, like Parents struggle with EpiPen during severe allergic reactions: UBC study, and blog posts.

EpiPen Auto Injector

Never underestimate the potential power of granting a Creative Commons license allowing others to share and adapt.

Perhaps it is time for me to add some more photos.

 

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Changing EMS by ranting on Facebook, posting musings to a blog or thumbing up or down instagram photos is unlikely to sway the opinions of lawmakers, regulators or other decision makers.

Instead join professional organizations, write and call your elected representatives, show up to meetings and encourage your peers to do the same.

I was surprised — actually dumbstruck — that the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Veterans EMT Support Act. Like most constituents, I have low expectations for the leaders we have elected to represent us in Congress.

Read the full story: EMS lobbying efforts building momentum

 

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Race Report: EMS Week 2016 10K #EMSVRC

May 15, 2016
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The EMS Appreciation Week 2016 5K/10K is a virtual running race hosted by the Virtual Running Club during EMS Week with a portion of each registration fee going to the National EMS Memorial Foundation. (read about the race on EMS1) I ran my 10K, which can be run any time during EMS week for medal eligibility, this […]

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Most Excellance Blog Interview

May 13, 2016

Excellance, Inc., manufacturer’s of ambulances and emergency vehicles interviewed me recently about my career in EMS and work as EMS1 Editor-in-Chief. I appreciated the opportunity to discuss my chance meeting with Kris Kaull, work at Camp Manito-wish YMCA, a typical day on the job, one of my most memorable EMS1 articles, and to pass along […]

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Two Runs Two Oceans

May 7, 2016

In late March I ran to a beach on the Gulf of Mexico. This morning I ran from a hotel near LAX to a beach on the Pacific Ocean. When I travel I try to run to specific points of interest. Tweet

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Tourist time in San Francisco

May 5, 2016
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I turned my morning commute walk from my hotel to the Praetorian Digital office into a tourist walk yesterday. A few of the sights along the way (Garmin data).     Tweet

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Punish the Driver or Change the Culture

May 2, 2016

Last week EMS1 reported news of an ambulance being driven at 17 miles per hour above the speed limit. The borderline ridiculous incident had all the makings of a ‘gotcha’ story by the local television station. Leading me to ponder about the driver: Good person, bad day, bad behavior? Bad person, bad behavior? Good person, bad culture, […]

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De Pere Wisconsin Fire Station #1

April 30, 2016
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Chief Dennis Rubin and his firefighter/paramedics at De Pere Wisconsin Fire Station #1 were kind enough to give my son and me a tour Friday afternoon. We had a nice visit and chance to discuss hockey, big city vs. small city department leadership, medical protocols, and community paramedicine.   Tweet

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No Commute: One of the Many Benefits of Working from Home

April 29, 2016

Ford Europe has an interactive tool for calculating time and costs of commuting. I work from home so the results are not surprising. If you have a long commute I hope you find some enjoyment in it and can work to make it shorter. Tweet

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To Have a Long Career in EMS learn from the EMS Pioneers

April 28, 2016

EMS is supposed to be a career that eats people and spits them out in less than five years. That conventional wisdom doesn’t apply to all. There are paramedics and EMTs that have worked in the field for more than 30 years. In the EMS Pioneers column paramedic and writer Mike Rubin interviews and profiles […]

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