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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 […]

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Team EMS Goes for the Gold Medal

Olympic fever or maybe Olympic indifference has swept the land, like a curler sliding down the ice. So much so that the athletes at Bonner County EMS have devised and filmed their own EMS Olympic event – pushing a loaded cot up an icy incline and into the back of the ambulance. Watch their video […]

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Mass Shooting Tip – Get There Quicker

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, Fla., shooting is: Most deadly school shooting since Newtown. More killed than Columnbine. There are two sides of the mass shooting equation our society could work on: Before the shooting starts After the shooting starts There doesn’t seem to be any will or desire to do anything about the […]

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EMS Tips – Form a Prehospital Field Amputation Team

Plano, Texas firefighters summoned their recently formed Field Amputation Team when a worker’s leg became trapped in a piece of ditch digging machinery. “Frisco firefighters reached Palma just five minutes after the accident, but they couldn’t free him. His leg would need to be amputated right there, amid the dirt and rocks. Luckily, there was a plan […]

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EMS Tips – The Cost of Interruptions – Med Errors – Compression Fraction

New message alert. Incoming call alert. Post comment alert. “Hey, can I ask you a quick question … ” Another new text message alert. “Did you watch the …. ” Our work days, whether it’s an 8-, 10-, 12- or 24- hour shift, can become a series of microbursts of work because of the interruptions […]

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EMS Tips – Falcon Heavy Rocket – Firefighters Held at Gun Point – Wash your Stinking Hands!

1. SpaceX launched a really, really big rocket In one of my favorite Simpson’s episodes Homer bemoans another boring space launch. Unlike Homer I am fascinated watching the recent SpaceX launches streamed live from Florida, Texas or Orlando. Even more amazing to me is the booster rockets gliding/falling back to earth and then landing upright […]

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EMS1 – Dallas Standoff – Gold Medal Norovirus – Opioid Epidemic Response Flounders

1. Dallas SWAT Steps Away from Killer for Hours (DallasNews.com) Powerful. How the Dallas SWAT team cornered and killed the July 7 police shooter Go inside with the Dallas SWAT team as they tracked, talked to and killed the man who had killed five police officers and injured nine others. Interviews with the SWAT officers […]

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EMS Tips – On Duty Carry – Motor Bike Ambulance – Airway Evangelism

1. Lawful on-duty firearm carry for W. Va. responders (EMS1.com) W. Va. HB 2916 would allow supervisors to give first responders permission to carry guns if they have successfully completed training and attend annual qualification classes. Fire Chief Dave Caudill said he fully supports the bill as it helps keep first responders safe. “On more than one […]

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EMS Tips – FD Harassment – Learn Leadership – Emotional Support Animals

1. There was supposed to be change at Fairfax County Fire and Rescue  Investigations, reports and training programs were supposed to change and improve the culture at the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department after the suicide death of FF/Paramedic Nicole Mittendorff. Instead a Female battalion chief in charge of gender issues resigns in protest. Chief Kathleen Stanley was […]

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EMS Tips – Yes to Glucagon – POTUS says ‘paramedics’ in SOTU – Telemedicine in Jail

1. Glucagon, yes we can! (EMS1.com) Harvard researchers looked at some NEMSIS (ePCR data) and speculated EMTs can’t use glucagon – a medication to treat hypoglycemia. Many EMTs inside (and outside) the U.S. are authorized and trained to administer the ~$200 per dose medication, but treat low blood sugar with food, oral glucose, or prepare […]