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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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Alternate Posting Location: Teaching EMT Cardiac Refresher

An Everyday EMS Tips reader wrote, “I have been asked to present cardiac issues to an EMT-Basic refresher. I have not presented before and I wondered if you could steer me in the right direction?” Answer posted at EMS1.com 3 keys to teaching a cardiac refresher class Rather than delivering a lecture that reteaches existing […]

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Health and Wellness

Everyday EMS Athlete: Alex “Sandy” MacQuarrie

EMS professionals are challenged to balance work, family, and other obligations while also staying or striving for mental and physical fitness. The Everyday EMS Athlete is a regular column to recognize and learn from other EMS professionals that are setting and meeting fitness goals. This edition was contributed by Alex “Sandy” MacQuarrie. What is your EMS […]

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Health and Wellness

Insanity High Intensity Training: Three Things Tuesday

I just completed day 2 of week 2 of the (Amazon link) high intensity training program. This is a stark departure from my usual routines of long distance running and cycling. Why Insanity?  Last summer and fall (2012) my wife trained for and completed her first marathon. She did great! This summer, looking for something new […]

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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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Posts Outside the Service Area: February 2013 Mid Winter Edition

Does winter still have an icy grip on your service area? These are articles, podcasts, and more that caught my eye this month. What caught your attention? EMS Research Priorities Steve Whitehead asks, “What are the most pressing questions for EMS research?” I just recently renewed my lapsed subscription to the Journal of Prehospital Emergency […]

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Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement

I just read a really interesting article about Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement in the Vital Connections newsletter which is a quarterly publication for EMS providers from Ministry Health Care. Unfortunately the Vital Connections articles is not online, but the procedure inserts a bovine valve and metal stent in the aortic valve space through a catheterization process. […]

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Video: R Cat Poster – Cardiac Teaching Tool

Check out the new R Cat Post for teaching arrhythmias. My likes: Portable Low tech Comprehensive Visual Reusable Learn more about the R Cat Poster and other R Cat products at EKGConcepts.com More resources, tips, and books on 12 leads.

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EMS Tips

Hi My Name is …

Brandon Oto has written a fine post, Missing your manners, about the importance of introducing yourself to your patient with a simple, “Hi my name is Greg. I am a paramedic. Can I help?” Go read Brandon’s post. Good morning Doctor Not long ago I had an appointment with a new cardiologist to discuss my […]

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Health and Wellness

Heart Rate Monitor and Marathon Training

At the Facebook EMS Fitness Group Nick asked me if I had any heart rate training strategies to share after he saw me running the Badgerland Strider Half with a heart rate monitor strap around my chest. Understanding HR I just started running with a heart rate monitor at the start of the 2012 running […]