EMS Tips

Patient in pain? Do the Mom things first.

Margaret, 15 months old, stood up underneath the kitchen table. After smashing her head against the wood, she crumpled into a sobbing heap. Then she began her frantic search for mommy. In less than a minute Margaret’s mom had consoled her and she was resuming normal play.


Read the full Everyday EMS Tip at to treat any patient in pain — child or adult — with these “mom pain” treatment principles.

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.