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Labor Day Thank You to EMS Professionals

For many of us EMS is a labor of love for no, little, or not much pay. Thanks for answering the call to help friends, family, and strangers day or night. Paramedic @aascharf shared this fantastic picture that hangs above his desk with me. I have had some bumpy rides to the hospital and some […]

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Guest Blogger Operations

Tips for Transporting Children

This is a guest post by EMS Safety Expert Jim Love. If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here. Each year up to 1000 children are injured as the result of a crash while being transported in an ambulance.  On August 5th in Washington DC a meeting was held to […]

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EMS Tips Operations

Start of Shift Equipment Check Tips

A rig and equipment check is part of the start of shift routine. I have a mental list of five critical items that I always personally inspect at the start of the shift, regardless of my partner’s check or the previous crew’s report. My top five are: 1) Bag valve mask, actually has a mask […]

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Book Reviews

Book Review: My Ambulance Education by Joseph Clark

As a college student Joe Clark worked on the ambulance in New York City on nights and weekends to pay for his college and graduate school education.   is Joe’s stories of patient encounters, relationships, and events on the streets that shaped him as a person and guided his career choice to become a medical […]

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EMS Tips Operations

Office Hours Podcast: Prevent Ambulance Theft

During this session of Office Hours, Jim Hoffman and I discussed what seems to be an increase of stolen ambulances and how following some simple rules can prevent you from uttering the words “I thought I parked it right here”. Listen below and check out the links under the player. Boot review Ambulance stolen with […]

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EMS Tips Operations

Vehicle Safety Tips

Driving, as you know, is a primary component of being an EMS professional. I have been thinking a lot about driving, driver technique, and driver training recently. A few weeks ago Jim Love was our guest on the EMSEduCast podcast. Jim talked passionately about the difficulties and complexities of driver training. (listen to him on […]

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Product Reviews

Product Review: BuckleGarde

Post update 3/1 – another story published today about a teen being driven to a psychiatric hospital loosened his restraints and jumped from a moving ambulance. (Story at EMS1.com) Periodically I read or hear stories about patients, usually with known mental illness, that undo the cot buckles and jump from the moving ambulance. (news story […]

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Author-Interviews News and Events

Author Interview: My Ambulance Education by Joseph F. Clark PhD

Dr. Joseph F. Clark worked as an EMT-Basic in and around New York city in the early 1980s to help pay his college and graduate school tuition. The patients he encountered, as well as the frustrations he experienced caring for patients guided him towards a career as a medical researcher. In his new book, My […]

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EMS Tips Guest Blogger

Some Out of the Ordinary EMS Equipment

Carrying a specific set of items has become part of my paramedic routine. Steve Whitehead had a great post sampling readers about what they carry in their pockets while on-duty. Everyday EMS Tips contributor, Chris Matthews, will be the first to admit he adds a lot of things to the on-board equipment that many of […]

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EMS Tips Operations

Tips for Cleaning the Ambulance

Check out this fine summary of CDC tips for cleaning ambulances and other patient transport vehicles to prevent disease transmission from pathogens like H1N1.  The 2nd tip describes cleaning driver compartment because driver may wear gloves while driving. The driver wearing their patient care gloves while driving is my top EMS pet peeve. Don’t do […]