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, bad behavior?
  • Good person, good culture, bad behavior?

And at what speed does this become a news story … 11 mph above the limit, 12, 13, 14, 15? Or is 17 magical.

A sharp reader reminded me this same system had a medic suspended for allegedly driving well above the speed limit in June 2015.

Bad culture, bad behavior? It is hard to know without asking lots of questions, including …

What is the appropriate discipline for driving 17 mph above the speed limit?

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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.

 

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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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Actually I am not going to ‘Think About It’

April 24, 2016

When any of these phrases lead a Facebook post, Facebook comment or blog post comment, or verbal argument I tune out. Wake up America Wake up people Think about it This didn’t happen when we were kids Sheeple What other lame rhetorical phrases cause you to tune out, turn off or, turn away? Tweet

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EMS Week 5K and 10K #EMSVRC

April 23, 2016

Join me for an EMS Week 5K or 10K virtual run. The organizers  promise “A portion of each registration will go to support the National EMS Memorial Foundation.” Registration is open up to EMS Week, but if you register by April 24 you will get a shirt in time for race week. When you register […]

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Showing Support for Health, Fitness, and Arts

April 23, 2016

In our off time we can share with and support others, especially other EMS providers. Do you have time, talent, and treasure you can share? Treasure Consider joining me in making a contribution the American Cancer Society Relay for Life on behalf of Jeff (@JEFF_EMT) Armstrong. Back the Frequent Flyers and Jakes Firefighters Comic Kickstarter. I […]

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A Crusade Against Stupid Heart Rhythms

April 21, 2016
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Graphics artists and marketers for closely, loosely and totally unrelated to health care products are prone to drawing fanciful heart rhythms. I suspect many paramedics puzzle over what the illustrators had in mind for a jumble of zigs and zags that look nothing like a P-wave, QRS complex or T-Wave. Earlier this week I made the stunning […]

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Alleged Patient Kills Helper and Injures Two Others

April 18, 2016

Are you able to make sense of the tragic death of a Md. firefighter-paramedic who was killed after forcing entry to access a man believed to be unresponsive by his brother? I made an effort to make sense of a tragic death and the disparity between how a Md. man is free without charges after killing […]

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Stop and smell the little purple flowers

April 17, 2016
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As quickly as possible because there is lots to be done. Our Sunday dash, making the most of the good weather: Washing windows and screens Placing rain barrels 5 mile run Several dog walks Cleaning the grill Cooking burgers Laundry Vacuuming All sorts of cleaning A bit of cleaning Watching NHL playoff hockey … Go […]

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