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Teach kids to use tourniquets

Now on EMS1 … As we continue to cast about for solutions to prevent mass murder inside our schools, it’s unsurprising that the Department of Homeland Security is offering a $1.8 million grant to an awardee to develop a program and training curriculum to teach high school students to use tourniquets. The School-Age Trauma Training grant aims to […]

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Jesse H. Neal Award for Best Commentary

I received word earlier this week that I won a Neal Award for Best Commentary (all 2018 winners), based on three submissions from my EMS1 column: What President Trump gets wrong about the opioid epidemic Don’t ask paramedics to decide if opioid overdose victims live or die It’s time to talk climate change and its […]

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2018 Neal Award Finalist for EMS1 column

My EMS1 column has been named a finalist in the 2018 ABM Jesse H. Neal Awards, a b-to-b award program honoring editorial excellence. Three columns are featured in the ballot. What President Trump gets wrong about the opioid epidemic Don’t ask paramedics to decide if opioid overdose victims live or die It’s time to talk climate change […]

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Team EMS Goes for the Gold Medal

Olympic fever or maybe Olympic indifference has swept the land, like a curler sliding down the ice. So much so that the athletes at Bonner County EMS have devised and filmed their own EMS Olympic event – pushing a loaded cot up an icy incline and into the back of the ambulance. Watch their video […]

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Mass Shooting Tip – Get There Quicker

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, Fla., shooting is: Most deadly school shooting since Newtown. More killed than Columnbine. There are two sides of the mass shooting equation our society could work on: Before the shooting starts After the shooting starts There doesn’t seem to be any will or desire to do anything about the […]

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EMS Tips – The Cost of Interruptions – Med Errors – Compression Fraction

New message alert. Incoming call alert. Post comment alert. “Hey, can I ask you a quick question … ” Another new text message alert. “Did you watch the …. ” Our work days, whether it’s an 8-, 10-, 12- or 24- hour shift, can become a series of microbursts of work because of the interruptions […]

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EMS Tips – Yes to Glucagon – POTUS says ‘paramedics’ in SOTU – Telemedicine in Jail

1. Glucagon, yes we can! (EMS1.com) Harvard researchers looked at some NEMSIS (ePCR data) and speculated EMTs can’t use glucagon – a medication to treat hypoglycemia. Many EMTs inside (and outside) the U.S. are authorized and trained to administer the ~$200 per dose medication, but treat low blood sugar with food, oral glucose, or prepare […]

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EMS Tips – Fitch’s Constant Leadership Learning – Rescue Me Quiz

1. Jay Fitch, EMS leader, mentor and educator shares leadership insights In a 40 year career Jay Fitch has been a volunteer firefighter-EMT, paramedic, manager, mentor and owner. One of the things Jay does best is study, discuss and describe leadership. Read and aspire to continue your growth as a leader. 2. Rescue Me quiz […]

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EMS Tips – Body Armor – Airway Management

1. EMS body armor (EMS1.com) A Pa. EMS agency announced a purchase of 15 ballistic vests for it’s personnel. “The department recently purchased 15 ballistic vests. (EMS Chief Robert) Weidner said that is enough vests for all personnel on Yellow Breeches’ five ambulances.” That likely means the vests are assigned to rigs not people. “Weidner […]

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EMS Tips – Roadside Near Miss for Sheriff’s Deputy – Autonomous Vehicles

1. Distracted (dangerous) driver? Of the environments emergency respsonders regularly operate there is place more dangerous than the roadside. The Adams County (Wis.) Sheriff’s office shared this dashcam video of a deputy who was nearly hit by pick-up truck. An explanation for the driver’s behavior wasn’t shared in the post. It’s not a leap to […]