The Podcast

Podcast Episode 17: The Medicast

Posted by on Sep 9, 2014

We took the week off last weeks or Labor Day and this week the podcast is back with a short interview that I did on Jamie Davis’ The Medicast where we talk about the show and...

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For Leadership

“Unhappy” About Community Paramedicine

Posted by on Nov 25, 2014

Last week, Justin Schorr, The Happy Medic, stepped up on his virtual soapbox to let the EMS world know what he thought about Community Paramedicine. I was to surprised to find that...

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For the Field

The Attacks Need to Stop

Posted by on Dec 16, 2014

In the past couple of weeks, the pattern of assaults against EMTs and paramedics has continued.  If you have not seen the reports from Boston on the attack by a patient on Boston...

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Lessons to Learn

A Reminder About Being a Professional

Posted by on Oct 30, 2014

This morning I saw a video come across pretty much all of the major EMS related news sites about a fire crew from Glendale, Arizona who were filmed while restraining a patient.  I...

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Recent Posts

The Attacks Need to Stop

The Attacks Need to Stop

Dec 16, 2014

In the past couple of weeks, the pattern of assaults against EMTs and paramedics has continued.  If you have not seen the reports from Boston on the attack by a patient on Boston EMS EMT Tony O’Brien, then I suggest that you take a look.  The bite that Mr. O’Brien suffered to his hand is unlike anything that I have ever seen.  Chris Kaiser recently posted an...

Creatures of the Night

Creatures of the Night

Dec 3, 2014

For most of my life I have been a night owl.  Many who have seen me early in the morning can attest to that.  I remember one paramedic who was on modified duty that would come in shortly after I did for my 6:30am supervisor day shift.  He would occasionally get up from his desk and check the volume of my 24oz coffee cup that came to work with me every morning. ...

“Unhappy” About Community Paramedicine

“Unhappy” About Community Paramedicine

Nov 25, 2014

Last week, Justin Schorr, The Happy Medic, stepped up on his virtual soapbox to let the EMS world know what he thought about Community Paramedicine. I was to surprised to find that Justin, a rather vocal advocate of reducing needless EMS volume, was against the measure saying that it was “too important to be trusted to the 911 crowd” saying that it needs to be...

Structure and Standards

Structure and Standards

Nov 19, 2014

The EMS model debate of fire-based EMS vs. private EMS is more active than ever on Facebook thanks to recent articles shared by JEMS, EMS World and EMS1, and I have been a frustrated, screaming at my computer participant. Both sides make some irrational arguments but when one searches through the mess, they can find some well thought out compelling cases made...

Get Over Yourself

Get Over Yourself

Nov 17, 2014

If you ever want to get under an EMT’s skin, call him an ambulance driver.  The resulting rage, either in front of you or via social media later will tell a lot about them.  I was having a discussion last week at EMS World with a couple of friends kicking around a silly idea to host a bar crawl that required everyone to either wear one of those god awful EMS...