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EMS Tips – 2017 LODDs – Personal Safety

I am taking a moment today to remember the colleagues we have lost in the line of duty. 1. EMS Line of Duty Deaths 2017 EMS1 reported 11 EMT or paramedic line of duty death incidents in 2017. 2. Police Officer Line of Duty Deaths 2017 The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund issued a preliminary […]

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EMS Tips – Medics Who Made a Difference – Emergency! Quiz

1. Make an impact Every paramedic and EMT makes a difference for their patients, partners and family and friends of the patients. Most medics probably go above and beyond for a patient or group of strangers. I love receiving the stories of medics making an impact. Here are three from the EMS1 end of year […]

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Uber and Ambulances

Two economists conclude that Uber availability has reduced EMS ambulance transport by 7 percent in major U.S. cities. Really? I have been writing about Uber and ambulances for a couple of years and I am always a proponent of patients receiving the right care (which includes transport as a treatment) at the right time. Read […]

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Get Smart about Opioid Exposure Risks

A panel of law enforcement and EMS experts discussed the risks of opioid exposure to police, fire and EMS in a panel discussion at EMS World Expo. To learn from the panel you can read this article What EMS providers need to know to protect themselves from fentanyl exposure and take a course from the EMS1Academy, Free […]

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Climate change is impacting emergency responders

On Tuesday morning when the death toll from the Sonoma and Napa counties was just 11 people (it’s now 35 dead) and only 1,400 structures had been destroyed I wrote a FireRescue1.com and EMS1.com article. “In the last two months, historic levels of rainfall, flooding and wildfire in the continental U.S. and its territories have […]

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Stop the Bleed – Everyone Needs to Know How

Control of bleeding is a layperson skill and in an incident with hundreds of victims, every able-bodied person needs to be able to apply direct pressure, improvise a tourniquet and apply a tourniquet. Read my full article on EMS1.com: Rapid response: Triage mass shooter patients as treatable by lay people or medical professionals Stop the Bleed […]

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Event Recap: 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at Lambeau Field

I was one of 2,169 climbers to complete the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at Lambeau field a few weeks ago. We raised $110,000 for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. I was able to speak with dozens of other climbers, as well as volunteers from the NFFF and staff from Pierce Manufacturing, before and after the […]

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5 Million Steps in 12 Months

I made it. Five million steps. I have been on an intentional quest since realizing how close I was in April 2017. Six million … I would really need to up my game, but there is something catchy about being a 6 million step man.  

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President Trump, Ask EMS about Opioid Epidemic

The President’s opioid commission issued its (overdue) draft report this week. The commission makes many reasonable recommendations, but has seemingly failed to consider the expertise of EMS in understanding the epidemic, the thousands (hundreds of thousands?) of patients being saved by EMS, the opportunity for EMS to steer addicts towards treatment, and the staggering costs […]

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Google searches for opioids, narcotics and other drugs

Idea I had for an EMS1 article, well-executed by Alex Bryant, which posted on July 19. Which opioids are Americans Googling the most?  And a slightly different angle on Google searches related to drug withdrawal in the Washington Post. Analysis | What our Google searches reveal about the drug epidemic I can also share that […]