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Continuing Education

2022 Book Log (updating)

I kept a book log in 2019, 2020 and 2021. Alias Grace – historical fiction about a double murder in Canada in the late 1840s. Bewilderment – a novel by Richard Powers that explores the edges of the universe and impending political and climate collapse. The Hike – a fairly forgettable novel about two sisters and […]

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Alternate Posting Location: #Spitgate response tips

Harry might have spit on Chris, but cops, medics, firefighters and correctional officers get spit on all the time. Here are a few thoughts, not about #spitgate, but how to react when a patient, inmate, suspect or bystander spits at you. Forget the movie star memes, spit is an occupational hazard

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News and Events

Alternate Posting Location: Ambulances Held Hostage

There is a lot to learn from the Page, Wolfberg and Wirth examination of hospital bed delays and the rights of EMS to return to service. Read the seven things I learned from the three-article series on EMS1. 7 things we’ve learned from the ‘Ambulances held hostage’ series After you read, sign-up for a live […]

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Health and Wellness

Alternate Posting Location: Study burnout

A few thoughts on burnout after viewing a TikTok from Dr. Glaucomflecken staring Vivek, the surgeon general of the United States. Read the article at EMS1.

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News and Events

How many paramedics have been certified in 2021?

Social media: NOT MANY! Social media: this is the final nail in the coffin of EMS NREMT: Wait, those are just the numbers through January. Social media: Yeah, we knew that. My take on this week’s viral conversation about how many new EMTs and paramedics have been certified in 2021 is here … Viral NREMT […]

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News and Events

Alternate Posting Location: What would you do with a $1,000

If I had a million dollars, I’d buy a … Florida police officers, EMTs, paramedics and firefighters will be answering the “how should I spend a windfall” this summer when 174,000 of them receive a $1,000 bonus from the State of Florida. Instead of using the $1,000 windfall for gas, groceries, rent or other regular […]

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EMS Education Tips

Alternate Posting Location: Host better online meetings

One of the most significant and likely lasting changes has been the widespread use of online technologies like Zoom, GoToWebinar, Google Meet and Microsoft Teams for departmental meetings, training events and community education programs. Like anything, leaders and educators should be considering continuous improvement opportunities for their use of online meeting technologies. Read five tips […]

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EMS Education Tips

New EMS Scope of Practice another step on evidence-based future

The EMS profession, increasingly, is basing its use of medications and procedures on evidence. Either evidence supporting the continuation of an existing practice or the adoption of a new practice. Or the ceasing a practice not supported by evidence. Of course, some practices go away or enter the profession more quickly than others. Evidence is […]

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EMS Education Tips

Flying Drones into EMS Education

Paramedic students used drone video to size-up a simulated multiple vehicle collision. Their recognition of hazards was compared to the standard method of walking around/near the scene. Learn more about this research and how to apply it in your EMS education program in a research analysis article I wrote for FireRescue1 (or PoliceOne if you […]

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EMS Tips

What the MUCC? Evidence based MCI triage method

The Model Uniform Core Criteria for Mass Casualty Incident Triage, or MUCC, is a standard set of guidelines that all mass casualty triage systems should follow. The MUCC is intended to ensure consistency among responders when triaging patients at a mass casualty incident. The SALT Triage System is the only triage method which currently meets the Model Uniform […]