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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Make the Kids Responsible

January 25, 2017

Like many things it’s much easier to require kids to do the work. Michigan is the latest state to pass legislation requiring high schools to teach hands-only CPR to students. More than half the states, including California, Kentucky and Illinois have a similar graduation requirement. I am not a fan of the “make the kids do […]

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2 Best Email Subject Lines

January 13, 2017

My all-time list of the top two email subject lines: Meeting cancelled. Phones are down. Still working on a third best. Tweet

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3 Active, Mass Shooter Truths

January 9, 2017

Friday afternoon a man took a handgun from his checked luggage, loaded it in the bathroom and began shooting passengers in the Fort Lauderdale Airport baggage claim. Truth 1: Mass shootings can happen anywhere Truth 2: Stand up, practice and prepare to deploy a rescue task force Truth 3: Everyone needs to know how to […]

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3 Lists of 3: Early 2017 in Books, Travel and EMS Events

January 2, 2017

While running this afternoon, 5.6 miles into a stinging combination of ice pellets and snow I remembered that I used to construct a lot of blog posts using the 3 Lists of 3 format … this is what came to mind: 1. Books I have three books in progress at the start of 2017. I am […]

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