Fire Dept. Coffee – a Firefighter and Veteran Owned Business

February 19, 2017

I met Luke Schneider, firefighter, paramedic and veteran, at the Wisconsin EMS Association conference last month. Luke is also a co-owner of Fire Dept. Coffee. He was kind enough to give me a one pound bag of beans, roasted by his company in Rockford, Illinois. This morning I am enjoying my first cup of Fire Dept. […]

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EMS Today 2017 Preshow

February 18, 2017

Next week I am attending EMS Today 2017 in Salt Lake City. The annual education and trade show is hosted by JEMS. Here is what I am looking forward to: Applauding the accomplishments of EMS1o innovation award winners. Learning about the latest innovations in community paramedicine during the pre-conference. Writing articles about other conference sessions for […]

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5 Reasons You Won’t Get a Job as an EMT

February 15, 2017

Here are five things that will make it really hard to become certified and ever employed as an EMT or paramedic. 1. Felony conviction for abuse Any felony conviction is bad. But a felony conviction for child, sexual or elder abuse makes it especially unlikely you will ever be employed as an EMT. 2. Drug […]

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Email Tips to Manage the Tidal Wave

February 13, 2017

A colleague told me on Saturday  he had already received 700 messages by mid-afternoon. I don’t have that same volume of inbound messages, but this is how I do my best to manage the tidal wave. 1. Unsubscribe from low value and no value messages At least once a day I unsubscribe from a news […]

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Mail Bag: King Cake for Mardi Gras

February 10, 2017

FedEx brought me a cake yesterday from Gambino’s bakery. Big thanks for a NOLA friend for sending. It’s as good as it looks. Tweet

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Cop vs. Paramedic – Get the full story before passing judgement

February 8, 2017

A confrontation between a police officer and paramedic outside an Ohio bar, captured on bystander video, went viral last week. It started a heated debate about who — if anyone — was at fault, and whether the short glimpse of action was enough to make a judgement about the paramedic or the officer’s actions being […]

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Electronic Patient Care Reports Must Get Better

January 31, 2017

EMTs and paramedics’ responses to an NAEMT survey on ePCR software points to opportunities to improve usability and training. The survey report, 2017 National Survey on EMS ePCR Usability, describes the factors impacting perception of ePCR usability, the importance of training and the need to train EMS providers toward proficiency. The 18-question survey adapted questions from […]

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The Code Green Campaign – #SavingPublicSafety

January 29, 2017

You are not alone. If you need help The Code Green help and resources page has links and numbers for immediate mental health assistance. Tweet

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Wis. EMS Gets Serious about Drug Overdose and Addiction

January 27, 2017

Drug overdose and addiction was the focus of an all day summit at the Wisconsin EMS Association working together conference. I believe the opioid overdose epidemic is the top problem facing EMS, emergency medicine and public health. I was glad to see the topic receive serious and meaningful coverage at WEMSA. Three articles from the summit […]

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Watch this Oscar-Nominated Film at Your Next EMS Training

January 27, 2017

As a parent I believe my number one job is to keep my kids safe. What that means for me in central Wisconsin is a world apart for what it means for a father trying to keep his kids safe by escaping the ravages of war in Syria. “4.1 Miles,” an Oscar-nominated documentary short film, […]

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