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Alternate Posting Location: Shift Tactics When ‘Resisting Arrest’ Becomes ‘Man Down’

Four Minneapolis police officers were fired Tuesday afternoon by Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo for their actions or inactions in the May 25 arrest and death of George Floyd, 46. It is reported that officers were dispatched to a forgery in progress, found Floyd in the driver’s seat of a vehicle and that Floyd resisted arrest. because […]

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Video: Gratitude for EMS Providers

A few thoughts for EMS Week 2020. Thank you EMRs, EMTs and Paramedics. (Full post on EMS1)  

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Search Trend Worry: Coronavirus vs. Climate Change

From Google Search Trends. Both require individual action, organization efforts and government policy and resources.

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Alternate Posting Location: Guns, Guns, Guns

Guns for paramedics and EMTs is back in the news with recent approval of SWAT/TEMS medics to carry firearms. The news has reignited interest in allowing any EMS provider to carry a firearm. Here’s my take, Paramedics want guns on duty. What comes next? Also take a look at the results of a 2017 and […]

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NAEMSP Articles and Notes – 3 Lists of 3

Three things I learned about NAEMSP 25 percent of members are professional members (not physicians) The 2019 meeting was the highest ever attendance NAEMSP is celebrating its 35-year anniversary Three articles I wrote for EMS1. Why the first DHS Secretary Tom Ridge advocates for EMS  Achieving efficiency and sustainability in volunteer EMS  NAEMSP 2019 Quick […]

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Active Shooter Survival

Nearly 20 years since Columbine I am distraught that we aren’t better prepared to survive an active shooter incident at a school. The Parkland commission released a lengthy and comprehensive report of the February 14, 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. A single gunman entered the school campus carrying a cased rifle. He walked into […]

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The slow steady decline of ambulance to hospital transports is beginning

As we close in on 2020, it’s likely we are about to reach Peak EMS Transports, a term I am co-opting from Peak Oil, a phrase that has been used to describe the date in the future at which the extraction of oil will have reached maximum levels. After Peak EMS, there will be a […]

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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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Ambulance Strike Team – Be at Your Best

Even though it’s snowing outside my window in Wisconsin there are still paramedics deployed as Ambulance Strike Teams in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Michael. And there are paramedics feeling the heat of not exercising appropriate professional behavior, especially between shifts. Read Hurricane deployment is not Beach Week for Ambulance Strike Teams on EMS1.com