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From the Road: Urban Shield and EMS Agenda 2050

Earlier this month I travelled to Oakland for Urban Shield 2018. I spent Friday checking out SWAT and tactical products in the exhibit hall. Saturday was a fantastic guided tour of a half-dozen of the high-fidelity exercises. Read “SWAT training and technology products showcased at Urban Shield 2018” on PoliceOne.com Last week I was able […]

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Teach kids to use tourniquets

Now on EMS1 … As we continue to cast about for solutions to prevent mass murder inside our schools, it’s unsurprising that the Department of Homeland Security is offering a $1.8 million grant to an awardee to develop a program and training curriculum to teach high school students to use tourniquets. The School-Age Trauma Training grant aims to […]

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Jesse H. Neal Award for Best Commentary

I received word earlier this week that I won a Neal Award for Best Commentary (all 2018 winners), based on three submissions from my EMS1 column: What President Trump gets wrong about the opioid epidemic Don’t ask paramedics to decide if opioid overdose victims live or die It’s time to talk climate change and its […]

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EMS Tips – Drop the Puck – Moose Lake EMS

We’re in Moose Lake, Minn. for a youth hockey tournament. My son’s team, the Stevens Point Ice Hawks, is in the dark jerseys facing off against the Moose Lake Rebels. Between games I visited with a Mercy Hospital Ambulance EMT about the local EMS operation.

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Opioid Crisis is a National Emergency

The President’s declaration of a National Public Health Emergency is a partial step towards addressing the opioid crisis. A National Emergency declaration is a better match for the scope of the problem and the daily death toll from opioid overdoses. More concerning to me, though based on his televised remarks, is what the President gets […]

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2017 FOLIO Eddie Award Finalist

It’s a major award (nomination)! At least in the world of business to business publishing. Congratulations to my colleagues, a fantastic team of writers and editors, at Praetorian Digital for these nominations: Best Single Article (B-to-B): FireRescue1 “San Francisco’s 30 years of women in the fire service: The stories, struggles and triumphs” Best Column/Blog (B-to-B): EMS1 “Is […]

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Reports from Pinnacle EMS Conference 2017

I attended the Pinnacle EMS Conference in Boca Raton, Fla. last week. I wrote quick take articles for many of the sessions I attended. What’s the future of EMS? – a facilitated discussion on the EMS Agenda 2050 Fatigue in EMS: Preview of an evidence-based guideline – early glimpse at the recommendations coming from the Fatigue in […]

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ICYMI: Fake EMS News

Each year at EMS1 we try our hand at fake news on April Fool’s. This year’s offerings (which I may or may not have helped write). Department’s first therapy cat just makes things worse   25-pocket tactical pants drive up demand for useless sh&t to carry EMSEats ambulance meal delivery service flops after rash of disappearing […]

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EMS Today 2017 Session Reports

EMS Today 2017 in Salt Lake CIty was a whirlwind of education sessions, exhibit hall traverses and visiting with friends. It was also an Italian food festival for me … I turned in receipts for Sbarro, Bucca De Boppa and Olive Garden. I attended conference sessions based on this loose criteria: Meeting an editorial opportunity […]

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EMS Today 2017 Preshow

Next week I am attending EMS Today 2017 in Salt Lake City. The annual education and trade show is hosted by JEMS. Here is what I am looking forward to: Applauding the accomplishments of EMS1o innovation award winners. Learning about the latest innovations in community paramedicine during the pre-conference. Writing articles about other conference sessions for […]