Several readers replied to the Everyday EMS Tips weekly enewsletter, “Do you know your stuff?” with aviation themed responses. Below is a collection of their responses. 

“Any serious EMS provider needs to use what I call a “peripheral brain”….not to do so is nothing but arrogance. Each day in the US there are approximately 35,000 commercial airline flights. EVERY single one uses a checklist for takeoff and landing. So to say you don’t need one for a pediatric arrest is nothing but insanity.”

William A. Mapes, NRP, I/C

Training Coordinator
Interim VT District Ten Training Coordinator
Regional Ambulance Service, Vermont

“I don’t know of any pilot, new or very experienced, who does not depend on a “pre-flight” checklist before flight and “in-flight” checklists during flight. Checklists are one of the reasons flying is so safe. Medicine safety could be improved if this type of system was used more, pre-hospital and in-hospital.”

Tom McCarrier, BS, NREMT

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1. The EMS Week ideas website from NAEMT and EMS World has been updated for EMS Week 2014.

These two posts from 5 years ago remain among the most visited posts on Everyday EMS Tips.

2. 25 Ideas to Celebrate EMS Week.

3. 25 More Ideas to Celebrate EMS Week.

What are your plans and ideas for EMS Week 2014? 

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Transport Destination Reference Card: Know Your Stuff Part 3

April 21, 2014

This guest post was submitted by paramedic and educator Brian Lilley. He replied to the Everyday EMS Tips weekly enewsletter, “Do you know your stuff?” — “[I do not] carry such information in my mind since it is readily available in books. …The value of a college education is not the learning of many facts […]

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Product Review: Maxxeon WorkStar 2030 Floodlight

April 20, 2014

Best Flash Light I have ever owned.  If you need light in dark places this flash lights is a go anywhere, light anything, long lasting machine. Note: I was sent a Maxxeon WorkStar 2030 in November, 2013 for a product review. I have been too busy using the flashlight to actually sit down and write this […]

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Smartphone App Recommendations: Do you know your stuff Part 2

April 18, 2014

I asked Everyday EMS Tips enewsletter readers for their smartphone app recommendations. Rom’s Rules for Apps and Job Aids Paramedic, firefighter, and expert educator Rom Duckworth of Rescue Digest led the replies with this response: I have three rules for references / apps/ job aides. 1) They must be up to date. 2) They must […]

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Do you know your stuff: Part 1

April 16, 2014

Earlier today I asked subscribers to the Everyday EMS Tips weekly enewsletter, “Do you know your stuff?” The response was rapid and overwhelming. Paramedics and Job Aids (or checklists or apps) Yesterday during the pediatric resuscitation webinar presented by Dr. Peter Antevy there was a discussion about using apps, job aids, and or checklists for […]

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3 Things Tuesday: Give Up Any Time

April 15, 2014

Even though the 2014 lent season is drawing to a close here are three things you can give up at any time. 1. Tobacco. Of any kind. If you are already tobacco free… 2. Soda. And other foods with lots of added sugar. 3. Prolonged sitting. A few weeks ago I started wearing a Garmin […]

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Spring Winter Storm: Anticipated Operational Problems and Complaints

April 14, 2014

When the world around you looks like this at the start of your shift, what operation problems and patient complaints do you anticipate? Wet, heavy snow and high winds. Tweet Share

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3 Links Tuesday: Writing an Article for an EMS Publication

April 8, 2014

My good friend Rom Duckworth posted this article recently: 1. How to write an article or create a presentation for emergency services (or just about anything else) Rom offers terrific advice. Two of the most popular all-time Everyday EMS Tips posts are: 2. How to become a published EMS author and 3. How to get an […]

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Spring 2014 Tour Dates

April 7, 2014

I have a busy March, April, May, and June travel schedule. The best part of all this travel is the time with friends and family. My tour dates/ports of call. Milwaukee Arizona – Phoenix, Cave Creek, Flagstaff, Grand Canyon Milwaukee, again Olathe, Kansas Liberty, Missouri Madison, Wisconsin Minnesota – Hinkley, Minneapolis Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania Denver, Colorado Indianapolis, Indiana Wisconsin […]

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