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Hot Summer Posts from Outside the Service Area

July has been a hot one for me. First a week of blazing heat and humidity in Central Wisconsin and then a week of constant heat and humidity in Miami. Here are some of my favorite posts from outside the service area:

This article about a PICU nurse that committed suicide a few months after she made and reported a medication dosage error continues to haunt me. Any of us could make a mistake that could have significant consequences. Fortunately our culture is evolving to encourage reporting of and learning from near misses and to support healthcare providers that make and report significant mistakes. I am sure there is more to this story than what is written in the article, but the impact on the patient, the nurse, and their friends and families is dramatic and ongoing.

The Droid Medic shared 5 Must Have Mobile Resources for EMS professionals. He includes the mobile sites for some of the most popular EMS websites like JEMS and

The Droid Medic also has a nice post about managing multiple social media accounts using 3rd party apps like HootSuite – also one of my favorites.

At the start of July (really the end of June) the Happy Medic wrote an excellent review of the Rip Shears, a product we have featured here as well. I keep getting solid reports about Rip Shears from EMS professionals that use them.

Dr. V. at 33 Charts wrote a nice piece about purple hair. As you read his post replace “doctor” with “paramedic.”

Congratulations to Mary Catlin Kelly, winner of the EMS Newbie contest. She won an all-expenses paid trip to EMS World Expo. I was honored to be a first round judge for the contest and was very impressed with the essays I scored.

I had a chance to catch up my magazine pile when I had a Monday with no power from 0800 to 1700. I know it sounds like a dream come true except the house was heating up rapidly and I was fretting about my icebox. All was well once the power was restored.

Finally, you can live a day with Dave, the Social Medic, as he takes you on his Tour De Breuvage. I got a sugar and caffeine buzz just from reading his post.

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.