Man drinks gas, lights cigarette and dies. →
I think the title says it all about this link. I mean I’ve already ruined the ending.
Dialing it Down a Notch
This is a great article on keeping calm no matter how stressful a situation gets. Everyone should read it but medics in emergency services should really pay attention to it. Here is a small excerpt: “Bringing order to chaos. It’s hard to suggest a more important skill for an EMT. Emergencies are chaotic. Heck, even non-emergent “emergencies” are chaotic. The nature of working in the field is...
Tourniquets in civilian EMS →
More and more data is showing the need for all ems services to implement protocols with tourniquet use in place for rapid arterial or venous bleeds. This is a lengthy but very well written article by JEMS.
ambulance hit while responding to shooting →
It’s always dangerous to respond to an emergency for a shooting. Much more so when the ambulance responding is involved in a collision before arriving. Hope everyone involved has a speedy recovery. Here’s the link: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/02/26/seven-injured-after-car-hits-ambulance-on-way-to-chicago-shooting/
Hero: A person who is admired for courage or noble qualities. It’s not everyday a person gets to test just what they’re made of. Some of us may never know. Some do what they can with what they have and then they are thrust into a situation that tests them. This is what happened to Mike Moyer, Fire/EMS chief, on February 15. As reported by EMS1.com the helicopter he was a passenger of was...
Naked man steals fire truck and kills a person →
Authorities say a man who was naked stole a fire truck at an apartment complex in South Carolina and sped away, killing a pedestrian who was walking on a sidewalk. Police say the driver was pulled from the fire truck after it crashed into trees and he began fighting with police and paramedics. A Beaufort police supervisor was not immediately available Saturday to confirm the driver’s...
Breaking News, Medics don't sleep as much as...
A new article in JEMS writes about study that revealed that medics don’t get very much sleep. (Link at bottom) My first thought is, you needed a study to tell you that?!?! Come on JEMS are you serious? And then you rank medics as getting more sleep than police officers? Really? Where have you seen police officers working 36 to 48 hours? I have seen some medics do that. It even goes into how...
The Call Of The Week (from: Too old to work, Too... →
Not my call, but I heard about afterwards. A unit was dispatched to an address for a serious burn call. The comments in CAD were, “Patient was smoking and dropped the cigarette down the hole for her Tracheostomy”. That would in fact be a serious burn, but fortune was kind and the unit was cancelled. Why were they cancelled? “Caller states that patient coughed the cigarette back up and is OK...
Our best hope for survival
Only way to have a chance. Only way you have a chance of survival is by being self reliant. Now I’m not saying you should go build a bomb shelter and have half a year worth of supplies in your basement. What I am talking about is being able to make decisions in an emergency situation that at the very least “do no further harm”. Maybe even better, you save your life or...
Paramedics save firefighter candidate.
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CPR Rescue →
The gynecologist who became a mechanic A gynecologist had become fed up with malpractice insurance and HMO paperwork, and was burned out. Hoping to try another career where skillful hands would be beneficial, he decided to become a mechanic. He went to the local technical college, signed up for evening classes, attended diligently, and learned all he could. When the time of the practical exam...
Any ideas for some good new music? My iPod is looking a little dated.
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EMS God, I think there are two of them and I have...
To those of us in EMS that respect the EMS Gods and would never utter the words, “it’s been a pretty quiet shift”, ten minutes before our shift ends, I have named the EMS Gods. I think there are two of them and I will explain why. The first is who I call Chaos. He’s a sneaky one, but we have probably all danced with him in the back of our ambulance. Who among us hasn’t dealt with him as...
Waveform Capnography Part 1
(From Hybridmedic.com) It’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything instructional, and looking at the sheer size of the topic I decided to separate this into multiple posts just to over it all. This post will cover the basics of waveform capnography as well as some anatomy and respiratory physiology that is important to understand as you begin to interpret waveforms. So what is...
I am very happy you stopped by, it has taken me quite a while to come up with this site even though I have wanted to do it for a very long time. I think for us in the EMS field it is not very populated online with sites where we can just stop in and see some articles and content aimed just at us. I’m also not talking about sites that just want to sell us something, it being CE, equipment or the...
Letter to a thief (link to original post below).
Dear Douchebag; You stole my stethoscope. Granted, I left it on the truck over night, so I bear some responsibility for your theft of my stethoscope, but you still stole it. It was underneath the control panel in the back when I got off the truck, and you were the only one who got anywhere near it over 12 hours. As a matter of fact, your partner that you worked with that night said you were...
Letter to a thief →
A letter from a paramedic to a thief who stole his stethoscope. Haven’t we all had something stolen from at work?
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