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2 More Questions for the EMS Eagles

Friday and Saturday I attended the Gathering of the Eagles, state of the science education program in Dallas. Dozens of medical directors (EMS physicians) from throughout the United States gave five to 10 minute presentations. There were also lightning rounds for audience members to ask short questions (to generate short answers) of the Eagles. Here are two […]

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Narcan for everyone continues with OTC availability

Narcan for everyone was one of my top developments in EMS during 2014. With a growing or worsening opioid overdose epidemic in the U.S. the call for public access naloxone continues. CVS made big news announcing naloxone without a prescription would be available in at least 14 states. I called on EMS to support non-prescription narcan […]

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Important News: Medic 420 is on the Road

Just found this important news item on EMS1.com. Colo. unveils specialized ‘Medic 420’ transport unit Update: Friend of the blog, the Social Medic has scooped a similar story, Cannabulance Set To Hit Denver Streets Today. You might also enjoy this article from the archives. Prepare for looming oxygen shortage And this important tip on equipment calibration. Stethoscope […]

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Posts Outside the Service Area: January 2014

January and February seem to bring out the best in EMS Bloggers. Perhaps we have all resolved to post more often and post better. A few of the posts that caught my eye and attention this month. When you visit each of these posts do the blogger a favor, social share or leave a comment. […]

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Distraction: Three Things Tuesday

On Saturday I am presenting Distraction is Deadly at the NAEMSE symposium. My slides for the presentation and the handout will post on EverydayEMSTips.com early Saturday morning. There are three types of distraction: 1. Manual – taking your hands off a task. For example, taking your hands off the wheel to key the radio or reach for a cup […]

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Video: Voice Prompts from an Epi Auto-Injector

I have been waiting for a long time for pre-hospital medications and devices to get smarter. Microprocessors are small and cheap and guide us through all sorts of routine tasks. For years my GPS has talked me through byzantine highway interchanges, mazes of one way streets, and rural roads. It makes perfect sense that a […]

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Posts Outside the Service Area: Nuances in Pharmacology

For several years I have been reading about the appropriate dosing of oxygen. In Can Oxygen Hurt  Mike McEvoy summarizes the science, 2005 and 2010 AHA recommendations. He includes this money line “Knowing that both hypoxia and hyperoxia are bad, EMS providers must stop giving oxygen routinely.” Peter Canning shares some thoughts about Glass Ampules […]

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Book Review: A Never Event

 is the chronicle of nearly 100 patients of the Fremont Cancer Center that were infected with hepatitis C through poor infection control practices and what I believe to be criminal actions of the nurses and physician running the clinic. I stumbled upon A Never Event while browsing through the Kindle Owners Lending Library. The cover […]

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EMS Education Tips

Video: What to do when you miss an IV

From the excellent “Remember 2 Things Video Series” by Steve Whitehead at EMS1.com ParamedicTV is powered by EMS1.com Some other things to consider: 1. Visualize how success will look and feel on your next attempt 2. Take a few cleansing deep breaths 3. Relax your shoulders, arms, and wrists 4. Reassess the need for an […]

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Calculation for Medication Administration

This is a guest app review by David S. Pomerantz, paramedic and educator. If you want to guest post or review on this blog, check out the guidelines here. As a Paramedic working in Florida I have interacted with many Paramedic students who admit that they want to be a Paramedic, but are concerned with […]