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Question: When a Patient Becomes Violent

On Facebook a friend asked, “Are there any precautions an EMT can take in the event that their patient turns on them?” And shared this link: CNN reporter bit 2 EMTs while in drunken rage No Such Thing as a Violent Patient A patient that turns violent is no longer a patient, even if intoxicated. […]

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Nichexpert Opportunity: Drones and EMS

Many paramedics find success and opportunity by carving out a niche: 12-Leads Research Initial Response Neurology I think their is niche for a paramedic that wants to become an expert in drones. Lead our profession in discussion and learning about drones: As a tool for education and training As a threat to operations success and […]

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Spring Winter Storm: Anticipated Operational Problems and Complaints

When the world around you looks like this at the start of your shift, what operation problems and patient complaints do you anticipate? Wet, heavy snow and high winds.

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Posts Outside the Service Area: Paramedics in the Warm Zone

At EMS1.com I share thoughts about new guidelines that among other things recommend paramedics, escorted by law enforcement, triage and treat patients in the warm zone. This is not without controversy, but is an acknowledgement of reality. Please share your comments and feedback.

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Never Swerve to Avoid a Deer Collision

Fire department tanker on its way to a structure fire overturned and injured four firefighters after swerving to avoid a deer collision. Never swerve. The deer would not have fared well on the front bumper of a fire truck. The damage to the vehicle would have been minimal and there would not have been injuries […]

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I Was Nearby: The Camp Randall Crush of 1993

I seem to have a knack for being nearby mass casualty incidents (I was in Reno at the time of the airshow crash. I finished the Boston Marathon 40 minutes before the bombing). Camp Randall Crush 20 years ago this week I was a senior at the University of Wisconsin and a member of the […]

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Alternate Posting Location: Traits of Excellent Volunteer EMS Organizations

Congratulations to Kiowa County EMS, NAEMT National Volunteer EMS Organization of the year! They received their recognition and award last week at EMS World Expo. I was fortunate to be a reviewer of applications and used that experience to identify traits of excellent volunteer organizations that all of the applicants shared. Visit EMSWorld.com to read […]

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Reply to: This Isn’t Going to Work

On Tuesday I wrote 3 Things About Distracted Driving. I included the From One Second to Next documentary video about the destruction of texting while driving on several families. Today Seth Godin wrote This Isn’t Going to Work. His insights about the impossibility of changing driver behavior are spot on and sanguine. Go read his […]

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Distracted Driving: Three Things Tuesday

My kids went back to school this morning. What a thrill it is too see them off on a new year of adventure, learning, and friendships. This morning the Portage County Sheriff was at the crosswalk on a busy county highway two blocks from school. A “your speed is…” sign was flashing. A deputy was […]

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Scene Protection and Security: Three Things Tuesday

Did you read the widely circulated article last week, Mystery Bystander Infiltrates Incident Delaying Extrication and Nearly Killing Vehicle Driver? You might have missed that headline because the story was alternatively, more optimistically, about a mystery guardian angel that appeared from nowhere to pray with the accident victim. Responders were stunned when the mysterious person […]