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A Crusade Against Stupid Heart Rhythms

Graphics artists and marketers for closely, loosely and totally unrelated to health care products are prone to drawing fanciful heart rhythms. I suspect many paramedics puzzle over what the illustrators had in mind for a jumble of zigs and zags that look nothing like a P-wave, QRS complex or T-Wave. Earlier this week I made the stunning […]

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New ECG Book and Resource Collection

Dr. Ken Grauer sent me an email earlier this week. His  4th edition is now available on Amazon. Remember you can find this and many other ECG Titles in the Everyday EMS Tips bookstore. Earlier this week I updated the most visited page on this blog, Where can I practice reading 12 leads?

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Summer Vacation and a Blogging Break

Summer … so much to do and not enough daylight (have you noticed the days are already getting shorter). I am going to take a break from blogging for the rest of the month. Like all of you I have lots going on: Family vacation and books to read Special events like kid soccer tournaments […]

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Book Reviews

Book Review: ACLS 2013 the ACLS Arrhythmia Pocket Brain Book

Book Description The ACLS 2013 Pocket Brain Book () is a compact and information packed guide to ACLS arrhythmia assessment and treatment. It is a comprehensive, get to the point, review and synopsis that somehow finds time to include practice questions, clinical and bedside tips, and review of controversies. For example, in the opening chapter […]

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EMS Tips

Video: Conflicting Medical Control Orders

In this Google+ Hangout from the What Would Jim Do? series I join Jim Hoffman, Rom Duckworth, and Tom Bouthillet to discuss a conflicting set of medical control orders Jim received regarding nitro administration to a patient with a STEMI. Read Jim’s show notes.

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Video: 12 Lead ECG with aVL Abnormality

In this video, part of Dr. Amal Mattu’s 12 Lead ECG case of the week, a patient case is presented. The patient was complaining of chest pain, but the 12 Lead ECG labeled the strip no abnormalities. The paramedic persisted with assessment because of aVL abnormalities. In the video Dr. Mattu discusses the role of […]

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February Posts Outside the Service Area: Paramedic Refresher

I have nearly completed the requirements for my paramedic refresher which has included health care provider certification, ACLS certification, PALS certification, classroom lectures, skill labs, and patient simulators. In addition I have been looking for articles and books on topics I want to learn more. While answering a patient scenario question about OB emergencies for […]

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EMS Education Tips

Updated: Hot Training Topics

I regularly update the Hot Training Topics posts in the Everyday EMS Tips Archives. Visit the Hot Topics to find links, resources, guides, videos, and books on these topics: 12 Lead ECG Interpretation Waveform Capnography Bath Salts Mass Casualty Incident Training Let me know if you have resources I should add or ideas for other […]

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Product Review: Rapid Cardiac Analysis Tool

In an increasingly digital world the R-CAT (Rapid Cardiac Analysis Tool) is a refreshing return to a study guide and reference tool that I can easily hold, access from a BDU or shirt pocket, and rapidly reference. I recently was able to review two versions, given to me at EMS World Expo 2011, of the […]

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Got My Flu Shot … Finally

After considerable dilly dallying I got my flu shot a week and half ago while I was in Kansas City. The pharmacist at Target near my hotel administered the shot. He prefaced the experience by saying, “I don’t like needles.” Then in an agonizingly slow motion he administered the IM injection in my left deltoid. […]