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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

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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 […]