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Mail Bag: New Deliveries to Headquarters

The UPS and Fedex drivers in my neighborhood have been making almost daily deliveries to headquarters. Some of the books and products that I have received recently include:

Act Fast – Anti Choking Trainer

I am bringing the blue neoprene vest anti-choking trainer to my first responder training meeting tonight. In some initial practice with the Act Fast I am really impressed at how it works and how it requires the right combination of hand placement, hand and arm movement, and delivery speed to free a simulated foreign body obstruction. Look for a more complete review in a few weeks. Learn more from Act Fast.
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PneuSplint – Disposable Air Splint

I am a fan of disposable splints. When was the last time you actually found a full set of reusable splints in the ambulance? They are usually scattered around several hospitals and stations. The PneuSplint is easily inflated and secured with attached velcro straps. Learn more from Care2Medical.

Vertx Pants and Polos

I will be looking sharp in a new pair of Vertx Pants and polo shirt at the Chronicles of EMS premiere. I put the pants on straight out of the bag and I am wearing them as I type. The comfort, mobility, and concealed pockets will be ideal for my trip to San Francisco. The polo features sun reflector UV protection – UPF 30. Learn more and see styles from Vertx – clothing for the operational athlete.

RapiTube- iPhone RSI app

I am not an iPhone user so I have two team members busy at work evaluating and preparing a review of the RapiTube iPhone RSI app. Learn more from RapiTube.

Books, Books, and more Books

One of my personal goals for 2010 was to read a lot more books. I am already almost finished with my fourth book – Buried Alive (review coming soon). Some of the books that have arrived recently and are on my to be read shelf.

Linchpin – author Seth Godin unexpectedly sent me a second copy to share with an indispensable artist. I am bringing this copy to the Chronicles of EMS premiere to give to one of the many indispensable artists that will be attending. Read my Linchpin review.

The Paramedic – a new textbook from McGraw Hill by Chapleau, Burba, Pons, and Page. The Paramedic is a massive paramedic textbook that is next to my desk for quick reference as I develop online CE programs, write articles, and solve disagreements.

Mass Casualties – a young medic’s true story of death, deception, and dishonor in Iraq by SPC Michael Anthony. This will probably be my on the plane book for the trip later this week to and from San Francisco. This will be my third Iraq war related book of 2010 (review of Saber’s Edge and Buried Alive in progress). Find Mass Casualties: A Young Medic’s True Story of Death, Deception, and Dishonor in Iraq at and review and medical author chat with SPC Anthony in the weeks to come. Buried Alive: Kidnapped and Entombed in the Deserts of Iraq Amazon link.

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.