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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 […]

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Make Alexa your Ambulance Partner

On a whim – which I rarely have – I purchased the Amazon Echo device through a Prime member pre-purchase offer. I have been enamored with Alexa ever since setting up the device in my kitchen and regularly imagine Alexa (or Google or Siri) as an ambulance partner. Those day dreams, along with everyday use […]

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Yes, EMS Responds to Opioid Overdoses

EMS has been on the frontlines of the opioid overdose epidemic. Long before presidential candidates, national news outlets, and U.S. Senators were discussing the scope of the epidemic and the billions of dollars needed to reverse overdoses, provide treatment and stem the flow of legal and legal narcotics EMS was treating overdose patients. Long after […]

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Incredibly Sad

New article posted to EMS1. We didn’t need another tragic reminder of the danger of EMS

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EMS Week Interest Peaks Once a Year

Google search trends graph for interest in EMS Week. No surprise that interest in EMS peaks once a year. This year’s EMS Week theme is “Always in Service.” Read what I think that means EMS Week 2017: What it means to be ‘Always in Service’

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Jesse H. Neal Award for Best Profile

Stabbed on duty: A medic’s lessons learned on the long road back was recognized with a 2017 Jesse H. Neal award for best profile article. The Neal award is a terrific individual honor. More importantly the recognition increases awareness of the dangers EMTs and paramedics face on the job. Founded in 1955, the Jesse H. […]

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Podcast: Words off the Street

Words off the Street podcast is a “discussion with public safety writers.” I was honored to be the guest on episode 12 and speak with host BJ Schneider about writing, the work I do as EMS1 Editor-in-Chief, and more. BJ has also recently interviewed these EMS authors: Michael Morse Jamie Davis Sean Fitzmorris There are a […]

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State Champs

A week ago today my son and his hockey teammates won the Wisconsin Peewee B Hockey championship. It was a great group of kids and we had a lot of fun this season. It was an honor to help coach this group and this puck is prominently displayed in my office. Go Icehawks!

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Trying to Make Sense of FDNY EMT LODD

FDNY EMT Yadira Arroyo, 44, a 14-year veteran of the department and mother of five, was killed Thursday night in the line of duty. Her killer has been arrested and charged with murder. On Friday, like EMS providers everywhere, I tried to make sense of this terrible tragedy in an EMS1 article (Learning from the […]