Categories
News and Events

Cop vs. Paramedic – Get the full story before passing judgement

A confrontation between a police officer and paramedic outside an Ohio bar, captured on bystander video, went viral last week. It started a heated debate about who — if anyone — was at fault, and whether the short glimpse of action was enough to make a judgement about the paramedic or the officer’s actions being […]

Categories
News and Events

Wis. EMS Gets Serious about Drug Overdose and Addiction

Drug overdose and addiction was the focus of an all day summit at the Wisconsin EMS Association working together conference. I believe the opioid overdose epidemic is the top problem facing EMS, emergency medicine and public health. I was glad to see the topic receive serious and meaningful coverage at WEMSA. Three articles from the summit […]

Categories
News and Events

Make the Kids Responsible

Like many things it’s much easier to require kids to do the work. Michigan is the latest state to pass legislation requiring high schools to teach hands-only CPR to students. More than half the states, including California, Kentucky and Illinois have a similar graduation requirement. I am not a fan of the “make the kids do […]

Categories
News and Events

3 Lists of 3: Early 2017 in Books, Travel and EMS Events

While running this afternoon, 5.6 miles into a stinging combination of ice pellets and snow I remembered that I used to construct a lot of blog posts using the 3 Lists of 3 format … this is what came to mind: 1. Books I have three books in progress at the start of 2017. I am […]

Categories
News and Events

2016 Favorite Things

In the final minutes of 2016 here is a partial list of a few of my favorite things from the year gone by. Favorite Cause: Organ Donation My good friend John received a new heart this week. I am grateful for his lifetime of friendship and doubly grateful for the donor’s family for giving my […]

Categories
News and Events

Fire Station Gingerbread House

This massive fire station or fire house gingerbread house is on display at the Holiday Inn Stevens Point. It is a replica of the historic Stevens Point Fire Department Station 1.

Categories
News and Events

Good Samaritan Shot Helping Murder Victim

What a bummer to write that headline … Good Samaritan SHOT! Emergency Medical Responder Daniel Wesley is a caregiver. As a teenager, the son of an EMT is already a certified Emergency Medical Responder, capable of recognizing a person in need and providing care. Wesley is one of us. He is our brother who like […]

Categories
News and Events

What a President Trump Means for Public Safety

The only headline more popular this week than “How the media/pollsters/pundits got the election so wrong” was “What a President Trump means for Industry/Group/Business.” I have collected up the What Does Trump Mean for different public safety branches or groups, mostly from the Praetorian Digital family of websites. If you have other “What Trump means for […]

Categories
News and Events

Paramedics and President Trump

In paramedic school we learn a myriad of medical problems – from the unique to common. And new medics are prone to consider everything as equally possible instead of the most likely problem. So many EMS educators use this short exercise. To their students: “Close your eyes. Now imagine you are on a large grassy expanse […]

Categories
News and Events

Waiting for Polls to Close: Doing Stuff to Pass the Time

While waiting for the polls to close, winners to be declared and to learn the winner of the elections. This post was my running list of things I did to pass the time. I had high hopes of staying up late for all the results and speeches, but eventually had to call it a night. — I […]