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EMS Pros are the Best – Uniform Closet for Students in Need

Paramedic educator David Fifer took to Facebook to ask his network of EMS educators, leaders and field professionals for a pair of boots for a paramedic student. “One of my student’s shoes are falling apart, and he’s too poor to afford new ones. Before I just go buy some, does anybody happen to have an […]

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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 – 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 – EMT LODD – Therapeutic Hypothermia Might Come Back

1. EMT Mousa Chaban, 32, died of injuries after ambulance collision (EMS1.com) “Chaban was partially ejected from the ambulance and died from his injuries.” The driver of the ambulance, Christine Wesner, failed to stop at a red light, and “allegedly fell asleep and crashed into another vehicle.” Resource: 5 evidence-based guidelines for fatigue management in EMS 2. […]

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Electronic Patient Care Reports Must Get Better

EMTs and paramedics’ responses to an NAEMT survey on ePCR software points to opportunities to improve usability and training. The survey report, 2017 National Survey on EMS ePCR Usability, describes the factors impacting perception of ePCR usability, the importance of training and the need to train EMS providers toward proficiency. The 18-question survey adapted questions from […]

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Research analysis: How effective are pediatric ventilation techniques

Researchers used capnography to assess the effectiveness of pediatric ventilation techniques. Read more about the research and my key takeaways for paramedics. Research analysis: Capnography to assess effectiveness of pediatric ventilation If you are not using capnography on every patient intubation and for monitoring the effectiveness of ventilations you need to read this article immediately. ‘Do it for […]

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Happy Halloween and make it a safe day for kids

As a parent my number one priority is keeping my kids safe. Halloween has gotten a bit of a bad rap for being dangerous for children. Nick Nudell helped me filter the NEMSIS data (and by help I mean he did all the hard actual work and I just wrote about it) to find out […]

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Nichexpert Opportunity: Drones and EMS

Many paramedics find success and opportunity by carving out a niche: 12-Leads Research Initial Response Neurology I think their is niche for a paramedic that wants to become an expert in drones. Lead our profession in discussion and learning about drones: As a tool for education and training As a threat to operations success and […]

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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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EMS Conference Details: Three Things Tuesday

I spent last week at the Pinnacle EMS Leadership Forum and the National Association of EMS Educators Symposium. It was a long week of travel that gave me the opportunity to fly through Minneapolis-St. Paul, Jacksonville, Atlanta, Washington Reagan, and Detroit before returning home to the cozy confines of the Central Wisconsin Airport. I had […]