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Urban Shield 2016 Top EMS Takeaways

Urban Shield is a series of comprehensive, full-scale preparedness exercises to test the capabilities of SWAT, USAR, EMS, explosive ordinance disposal, field hospitals and other supporting agencies. During the Sept. 10-12, 2016 48-hour operational period, teams rotated through a series of exercises in and around Oakland which are planned and coordinated by the Bay Area Urban […]

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EMS Podcasting is alive and well

EMS-themed podcasts are a great way to connect to the larger profession of EMS, stay up-to-date on EMS industry news and pass the time as you drive, exercise or post. I most regularly download and listen to the newest episodes of these two podcasts: Inside EMS hosted by Chris Cebollero and Kelly Grayson. The weekly […]

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EMT paralyzed by a piano

Take a few minutes to read Meredith Koch’s first-person account of being crushed by a piano, the care she received from EMS and her recovery. Click on the story link to EMS1. EMT is a ‘walking miracle’ after being crushed by a piano 

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How to Understand Traumatic Stress in EMS

A psychology Ph.D. student asked the EMS sub-Reddit for help to better understand the EMS profession. Reddit user sandel23 is “looking to do my dissertation on the effects of traumatic exposure within EMS occupations” and wants to learn more about shift schedules, frequency to difficult calls, coping strategies and the most stressful aspects of the […]

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EpiPen photos made me Flickr famous

For more than 10 years I have been writing for online trade publications (EMS1 and EMS World), posting to this blog, heavily tweeting and posting publicly to Facebook, podcasting hundreds of episodes, uploading presentations to SlideShare and just generally being an open book on the internet. But no post, Tweet, podcast, slide deck, article, YouTube […]

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A Crusade Against Stupid Heart Rhythms

Graphics artists and marketers for closely, loosely and totally unrelated to health care products are prone to drawing fanciful heart rhythms. I suspect many paramedics puzzle over what the illustrators had in mind for a jumble of zigs and zags that look nothing like a P-wave, QRS complex or T-Wave. Earlier this week I made the stunning […]

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Best AHA Courses Yet – Isn’t it ironic

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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Book Reviews, Recommendations, and Excerpts

Recent Amazon Reviews and Recommendations I posted a review of Mr. Wilson Makes It Home,  a new book by Michael Morse. This is a great book from the author of Responding and Rescuing Providence.  I hope you will check it out. The The Gemini Effect by Chuck Grossart was a recent Kindle First book, which means as a […]

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Recap of ISFSI Fall Conference Presentations

Last week I presented two sessions at the ISFSI Fall Instructor Conference. Both groups were engaged and added lots of great information to the sessions. Fortunately I arrived plenty early to set-up and test the projector settings. It took a several attempts to figure out why my slides were not being projected. Then I looked […]

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2014 EMS World Expo Cheating Presentation Slides and Handout

These are the slides I intended to present this afternoon at EMS World Expo in Nashville. Unfortunately, a severe weather winter storm in Minneapolis led to a series of cancelled flights and I was unable to make it to Nashville. The session handout is available for EMS World attendees through the official handout distribution channel. Hope to […]