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Overtime: Just Say NO!

Or “No thanks.” Or “Thanks for thinking of me, I am not available.” Or “I am not available.” Explaining the reason you are unable to cover an open EMT or paramedic shift is unnecessary and counter-productive. An open shift is unlikely to be your problem to solve. Visit EMS1.com to read my advice on how […]

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How to protect mass gathering from a vehicle attack

The use of dump trucks and garbage trucks to harden the start/finish area of the April 6, 2019 Milwaukee Marathon caught my attention. I have run many races of varying lengths and locations and not previously noticed this type of security measure. Tip: Use Municipal Vehicles to Increase Security at Temporary Mass Gatherings There are […]

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Welfare Check Tips from EMS Leaders

For this EMS1 article, Lessons to apply: Welfare check incident became a LODD, I asked these EMS leaders for their best tips and advice for conducting welfare checks: Chad Pore Mike Taigman  Gina Perschau-Becker Marc Bashoor Welfare checks are resource intensive responses (police officer, engine company, ambulance crew) which often result in an unsatisfactory outcome, such […]

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Severe Bleeding Control Before Triage

What do you think – stop all severe bleeding before any additional patient triage? I think we will soon see a paradigm shift in active shooter response and patient triage systems- Stop all bleeding first BEFORE you start triage. START, SORT, SALT, etc are all going to be a thing of the past soon. #EMS […]

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What if a mass murderer survives shootout with police?

The Tree of Life shooter survived his shootout with police. Many, but not all, active shooters have suicide as the final act in their despicable, murderous plan. For those who don’t EMS may be called upon to triage, treat and transport the shooter. Read Rapid Response: Is EMS response different when the active shooter survives? on […]

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How to Make Applesauce

Here’s a really easy recipe for applesauce that you can make at home, the fire station, ambulance station, hunting camp or office. What you’ll need: Apples, washed Slow cooker Food mill Steps to make applesauce Wash apples Cut up apples (be lazy and don’t peel the apples). Slice and dice in any manner you choose. […]

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What the MUCC? Evidence based MCI triage method

The Model Uniform Core Criteria for Mass Casualty Incident Triage, or MUCC, is a standard set of guidelines that all mass casualty triage systems should follow. The MUCC is intended to ensure consistency among responders when triaging patients at a mass casualty incident. The SALT Triage System is the only triage method which currently meets the Model Uniform […]

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EMS in the Warm Zone, Ambulance Collisions

EMS belongs in the warm zone Florida officials and anonymous first responders are disputing if paramedics were blocked from entering the Parkland high school scene, delayed from caring for victims or simply doing what they had been trained and ordered to do. “What’s going to come out is, in the communications on several circumstances, there […]

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EMS Handwashing Policy – Updated

Wash your hands We really mean it, wash your hands Wash your hands more often than you are. Don’t know if you should wash your hands right now? That means you should stop what you are doing right now and wash your hands. Thanks. Keep reading Wash your hands after every patient contact, assessment or […]

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No, It’s Not too Soon to Discuss This Mass Shooting

I write about mass shootings, mass murders and school massacres. It’s not a morbid curiosity. It’s part of my job to share insights, share resources and put a local event into context for a national audience. One the most frequent critiques I receive from headline readers is the “It’s too soon” with variations of grieving […]