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Make the Kids Responsible

Like many things it’s much easier to require kids to do the work. Michigan is the latest state to pass legislation requiring high schools to teach hands-only CPR to students. More than half the states, including California, Kentucky and Illinois have a similar graduation requirement. I am not a fan of the “make the kids do […]

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Medic Mindset Podcast – Subscribe

Paramedics and paramedic students, subscribe to Medic Mindset podcast. You can find the podcast, four episodes and counting, on: iTunes SoundCloud MedicMindset.com After the Ambulance Driver, Kelly Grayson, mentioned the Medic Mindset podcast I give it a listen. The content, flow of conversation and questions are outstanding. Ginger Locke, the show host, facilitates an informative and […]

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EMS World Expo 2016 Day 3 Coverage

On the final morning of EMS World Expo 2016 in New Orleans I covered two more sessions for the EMS1 special coverage. How body-worn cameras improve EMS documentation Why chronic pain is a neurodegenerative disease My final hours at EMS World Expo were spent exploring the exhibit hall, talking to members of the EMS1 Advisory […]

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EMS World Expo 2016 Day 2 Coverage Ultrasound

Ultrasound. Prehospital Ultrasound. Point of Care Ultrasound. POCUS. Oh my … If any term, product or procedure emerged as a dominant theme at EMS World Expo 2016 it was ultrasound. On the second full day of the conference in New Orleans I attended a workshop by Dr. Howie Mell on the implementation and use of ultrasound in […]

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EMS World Expo 2016 Day 1 Coverage

EMS World Expo 2016 formally opened on Wednesday, October 5 with a full schedule of education sessions, three keynote speakers and the largest-ever EMS conference exhibit hall. I wrote two articles for the EMS1 special coverage of EMS World Expo. I started the day by sitting in on a co-presented session about evidence based hiring […]

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EMS Career Success Recipe

EMS career success takes a combination of: Certifications Field experiences Educational attainments Professional speaking and writing Networking and mentoring Goal setting Planning Listen to Ray Barishansky, Deputy Secretary for Health Planning and Assessment. of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, discuss this recipe on the Inside EMS podcast. Also read a Paramedic Chief interview with Barishansky. Inside […]

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How to learn EMS acronyms

For EMT, paramedic students and new EMS providers learning the jargon of EMS is an important step in the progression from zero to hero. There are lots of ways to learn acronyms: Create your own flashcards or use online flashcards. Hand write acronyms and abbreviations with their meaning. Complete online quizzes which include terms, acronyms […]

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Urban Shield 2016 Top EMS Takeaways

Urban Shield is a series of comprehensive, full-scale preparedness exercises to test the capabilities of SWAT, USAR, EMS, explosive ordinance disposal, field hospitals and other supporting agencies. During the Sept. 10-12, 2016 48-hour operational period, teams rotated through a series of exercises in and around Oakland which are planned and coordinated by the Bay Area Urban […]

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EMS Podcasting is alive and well

EMS-themed podcasts are a great way to connect to the larger profession of EMS, stay up-to-date on EMS industry news and pass the time as you drive, exercise or post. I most regularly download and listen to the newest episodes of these two podcasts: Inside EMS hosted by Chris Cebollero and Kelly Grayson. The weekly […]

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Operations

Stethoscope, Smartphone, Trauma Shears, Gloves and Pistol

If I was casting and outfitting an actor to play the role of paramedic on television I would make sure their costume, for the sake of authenticity, included: Stethoscope, casually slung around the neck or half tucked into a cargo pocket Smartphone, holstered on a tactical belt in an Otter Box or other type of […]