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Continuing Education

2022 Book Log (updating)

I kept a book log in 2019, 2020 and 2021. Alias Grace – historical fiction about a double murder in Canada in the late 1840s. Bewilderment – a novel by Richard Powers that explores the edges of the universe and impending political and climate collapse. The Hike – a fairly forgettable novel about two sisters and […]

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News and Events

Alternate Posting Location: Viral Radio Traffic

A Baltimore City EMS provider attracted widespread social media attention for his response to a dispatcher request to return to service. “For the third time, we told you we are out of service,” an EMT says, repeating himself on a recording of Baltimore City Fire Department radio traffic. “I am completely prepared to tell my […]

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News and Events

Alternate Posting Location: Thriving vs. Living Wage

Paramedics: don’t settle for a living wage. Instead, be audacious and demand a thriving wage for your lifesaving career of community service Read the full article on EMS1. Pay paramedics a thriving wage to end the retention crisis

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Health and Wellness

Vaccinated? Thank you!

I’ve tried a lot of approaches to write about vaccination. On the one-year anniversary of the first COVID-19 vaccines being administered in the United States, I wrote this for EMS1. Gratitude and admiration for the vaccinated

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Health and Wellness

Alternate Posting Location: Study burnout

A few thoughts on burnout after viewing a TikTok from Dr. Glaucomflecken staring Vivek, the surgeon general of the United States. Read the article at EMS1.

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Health and Wellness

National Emergency is a Call to Service

Early this week I wrote, “A letter to the American public: The COVID-19 pandemic national emergency is a call to serve” for EMS1. I usually write to the public safety audience so this was a rare departure to address the public. In addition to the suggestions in that article here are other ways to serve […]

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EMS Tips

EMS Tips – Falcon Heavy Rocket – Firefighters Held at Gun Point – Wash your Stinking Hands!

1. SpaceX launched a really, really big rocket In one of my favorite Simpson’s episodes Homer bemoans another boring space launch. Unlike Homer I am fascinated watching the recent SpaceX launches streamed live from Florida, Texas or Orlando. Even more amazing to me is the booster rockets gliding/falling back to earth and then landing upright […]

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EMS Tips

EMS Tips – You Need More Rest – Artificial Intelligence for 911

1. Evidence-based fatigue management guidelines NASEMSO teamed up with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine to perform a comprehensive evaluation to provide recommendations on how to fight EMS fatigue, such as napping during shifts and using caffeine. The guidelines recommend five practices: Use of fatigue/sleepiness surveys to measure and monitor EMS personnel fatigue. Limit […]

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Health and Wellness

Are you moving forward in 2018?

How are you coming on your New Year’s resolutions? About a month ago you might have proclaimed a stellar goal for 2018 to family or friends or made a silent oath to yourself to make an improvement or accomplish something big. Perhaps you committed to eating healthier, losing 10 pounds, learning more about STEMI treatment […]

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EMS Tips

EMS Tips – EMS Predictions – Air Popcorn Popper

1. EMS predictions … active shooter incidents, again Ed Racht. MD looked into the future of EMS in 2018 in an email to AMR personnel, reprinted with permission on EMS1.com. “One of the toughest evolving issues in out-of-hospital medicine has become the increasing number of active shooter events. The Oct. 1 shooting in Las Vegas, the worst […]