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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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 but the training of the mind to think.” ~ Albert Einstein

Essentially, I believe Einstein is advising us not to memorize what we can look up. I did this very thing recently.

After achieving ROSC on a cardiac arrest patient, we initiated therapeutic hypothermia and packaged for transport. As we moved to the truck, I drew a complete blank when asked where we were going to transport the patient. I had just spent 10 minutes throwing the clinical “kitchen sink” of procedures at this patient. My heart was racing, and now I had to consider my geographic location relative to nearly a dozen hospitals, recall which hospitals had cath labs, and then recall which of those cardiology groups supported therapeutic hypothermia.

Total brain lockdown occurred.

So in front of my partner, the patient’s family, several police officers, and an engine company of firefighters, I pulled out the reference card I had made last year detailing each hospital’s capabilities and limitations. I looked at the card and said, “We’re going to hospital name.”

No one laughed or questioned me. No one called my supervisor or medical director.

The patient benefited.

You don’t always have to know the answer. You only need to know where to find it.

Thanks Brian and congratulations to the entire response team for achieving ROSC for the patient!

How have you used a reference card? 

 

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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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Exclusive EMS Offer from Road ID

April 6, 2014

My friends at Road ID are offering a great deal on emergency identification products for EMTs, Paramedics, Firefighters, and Police Officers. I wear my Road ID Slim almost everywhere I go and always when I head out the door to run or bike. Tweet Share

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