Envelope reaches back 40 years

April 10, 2016
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I opened this envelope, addressed to me almost 40 years ago, yesterday afternoon. Inside was a $2 bill and Kennedy half-dollar. The note, written by mom, says they were given to me by my maternal grandparents. If there is significance to August 10 it is escaping me. It is a few months from my birthday. […]

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Cops Slap Here and Other Top News from April 1

April 1, 2016
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RENO, Nev. — When Great Gulch Ambulance fleet manager unveiled a new sticker on the department’s 17 ambulances, he had no idea the level of impact they’d have on everything from interagency communication to protection of property. Great Gulch drivers had long been confused by how to determine when to pull out from an incident, […]

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7 Things We Didn’t Do in Walt Disney World

March 27, 2016
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Part of visiting Walt Disney World is accepting there is more to be done than can humanly be done in a day or a vacation. These are a few of the things we didn’t do during our most recent family vacation to Walt Disney World. Ride Space Mountain at the Magic Kingdom Ride Mission Space […]

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Google Search has a Metronome

March 20, 2016
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Have you used the Google Search metronome during a cardiac arrest? Would you use it? Use Google search metronome during high-quality CPR Tweet

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Vacation Reading: American Sniper

March 19, 2016

My library is participating in the “Big Library Read” and featuring American Sniper. I joined and just started reading on the Kindle App. Tweet

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3 Things to Never Bring on an Airplane

March 17, 2016
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I have Spring Break on my mind. Do us all a favor and never bring these three things on a plane. 1. Graham crackers Is there a more fragile mass produced food? I don’t, nor does anyone else, want to see or sit in your graham cracker crumbs. Splurge and buy some more durable teddy […]

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Best AHA Courses Yet – Isn’t it ironic

March 12, 2016
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The 2010 AHA guidelines, as I recall, were released in late 2010. Meaning I would have first recertified to the updated guidelines in 2012. And then again in 2014. With my NREMT re-registration nearing (March 31) and Wisconsin EMT-P due at the end of the June I needed to recertify BLS healthcare provider and ACLS. I also […]

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Sunday morning reader – coffee, ketamine, and EMS news

March 6, 2016

Working on a cup of Trauma Mama from the Java Medic and catching up with my favorite EMS blogs and news sites. Here are the articles I have worked through: Ebook Announcement: You Make the Call The Happy Medic has collected his You Make the Call blog posts into an eBook. Ketamine For Anger Management […]

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Research analysis: How effective are pediatric ventilation techniques

March 2, 2016

Researchers used capnography to assess the effectiveness of pediatric ventilation techniques. Read more about the research and my key takeaways for paramedics. Research analysis: Capnography to assess effectiveness of pediatric ventilation If you are not using capnography on every patient intubation and for monitoring the effectiveness of ventilations you need to read this article immediately. ‘Do it for […]

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2 More Questions for the EMS Eagles

February 22, 2016

Friday and Saturday I attended the Gathering of the Eagles, state of the science education program in Dallas. Dozens of medical directors (EMS physicians) from throughout the United States gave five to 10 minute presentations. There were also lightning rounds for audience members to ask short questions (to generate short answers) of the Eagles. Here are two […]

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