EMS Tips

EMS Tips – Heroin(e) Documentary – SHOT Show 2018 – Checking AVPU

1. West Va. Fire Chief featured in Oscar-nominated documentary (

Heroin(e), a Netflix documentary features three women as they fight the opioid epidemic in Huntington, West Virginia.

Huntington Fire Chief Jan Rader is on the front lines of the epidemic and thinks society as a whole needs to change their outlook on opioid addicts.

“We don’t treat people poorly for eating a whole cake, and having a diabetic emergency because of it, so why are we treating people poorly who relapsed and overdosed?” Chief Rader told “I don’t care if I save somebody 50 times, that’s 50 chances to get into long-term recovery.”

2. SHOT Show photos, glocks and flashlights (

The team has been at SHOT Show this week. From firearms to tactical gear, the 40th installment of SHOT Show did not disappoint.

Stiletto EDC pocket light. (Photo/PoliceOne)

3. What’s the patient’s level of consciousness? (

EMS providers check a patient’s AVPU. This is how I explain AVPU to EMT and paramedic students.

Determining a patient’s level of consciousness


By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.