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Friday Night Ambulance Lights

I wanted to know how often an ambulance responds to an injured football player. With the help of the ESO EMS Index I was able to determine the frequency of incidents and injury types for more than 1,000 EMS agencies in the U.S. Read Data: How often does EMS respond to injured football players on EMS1.com — […]

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No, It’s Not too Soon to Discuss This Mass Shooting

I write about mass shootings, mass murders and school massacres. It’s not a morbid curiosity. It’s part of my job to share insights, share resources and put a local event into context for a national audience. One the most frequent critiques I receive from headline readers is the “It’s too soon” with variations of grieving […]

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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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There is Evil in the World

There is also love A painting my daughter presented to us on Valentine’s morning.

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EMS Tips – Form a Prehospital Field Amputation Team

Plano, Texas firefighters summoned their recently formed Field Amputation Team when a worker’s leg became trapped in a piece of ditch digging machinery. “Frisco firefighters reached Palma just five minutes after the accident, but they couldn’t free him. His leg would need to be amputated right there, amid the dirt and rocks. Luckily, there was a plan […]

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EMS Tips – Penetrating Trauma Transport by Police Car

1. Cops transporting shooting victim Lifesaving requires fast decisions and improvisation. Cops in Cleveland transported a shooting victim rather than wait for a delayed ambulance. “FOX8 reported that officers found the shooting victim on the front porch of a home after responding to reports of gunshots. Released body cam footage shows the officers treating the 19-year-old […]

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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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EMS Tips – Active Shooter Response – LE Mental Health Funding

1. Civilians are part of active shooter response Runners, concertgoers, parishoners, teachers, students and other civilians always begin care before first responders arrive to an active shooter incident. Rob Wylie, FireRescue1.com, applauds the acknowledgement of bystander first care in the provisional NFPA 3000 standard. “The fact of the matter is this: No matter how robust […]

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EMS Today 2017 Session Reports

EMS Today 2017 in Salt Lake CIty was a whirlwind of education sessions, exhibit hall traverses and visiting with friends. It was also an Italian food festival for me … I turned in receipts for Sbarro, Bucca De Boppa and Olive Garden. I attended conference sessions based on this loose criteria: Meeting an editorial opportunity […]

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3 Active, Mass Shooter Truths

Friday afternoon a man took a handgun from his checked luggage, loaded it in the bathroom and began shooting passengers in the Fort Lauderdale Airport baggage claim. Truth 1: Mass shootings can happen anywhere Truth 2: Stand up, practice and prepare to deploy a rescue task force Truth 3: Everyone needs to know how to […]