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

Establishing a Strong Base

Posted by on Sep 16, 2014

System design has always fascinated me. Throughout my career, it has become more and more obvious to me that design of an EMS system goes far beyond what trucks are on the road,...

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For the Field

Fear and Disclosing in Chicago

Posted by on Sep 25, 2014

Recently, EMS 1 posted a story on Facebook with the headline “Equipment cutbacks put Chicago medics, firefighters at risk” with the subheading provided by EMS 1 of “What were they...

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Lessons to Learn

Manual or Automatic?

Posted by on Aug 29, 2014

As technology evolves so does the user.  The problem, however, is after a while, the user tends to become reliant on the technology.  For example, I remember when I was handed my...

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Recent Posts

Fear and Disclosing in Chicago

Fear and Disclosing in Chicago

Sep 25, 2014

Recently, EMS 1 posted a story on Facebook with the headline “Equipment cutbacks put Chicago medics, firefighters at risk” with the subheading provided by EMS 1 of “What were they thinking?”  The short version of the story is that self-contained breathing apparatus or SCBA’s for short are being removed from all 75 of the Chicago Fire Department’s ambulances. ...

Just Another Typical Day

Just Another Typical Day

Sep 24, 2014

One thing that I have realized over my years in EMS is that the concept of a “typical day” is a foreign one.  There is something that we can pinpoint from just about every single shift that made that shift a unique one.  Sometimes it is a bizarre patient, or maybe a complicated medical call.  Other times, it is a major incident that gets your system...

Pit Crew CPR

Pit Crew CPR

Sep 22, 2014

A few months ago, I was approached by some friends at a local fire department who were looking for some help developing and rolling out a pit crew CPR system for their people.  I was quick to offer my help after watching the success that Louisville EMS has had over the last year and a half since rolling out their new CPR program.  I felt like I had a good...

“But it’s Protocol”

“But it’s Protocol”

Sep 17, 2014

As the debate rages on about whether or not “cookbook medics” are the new fad, an interesting question was raised on the Paramedics on Facebook page that sparked some interesting conversation.  The question was about deviation from protocol with an elderly patient that some could have considered a priority to take c-spine precautions on.  I’ll let you read it...

Establishing a Strong Base

Establishing a Strong Base

Sep 16, 2014

System design has always fascinated me. Throughout my career, it has become more and more obvious to me that design of an EMS system goes far beyond what trucks are on the road, and who is on each of them.  Each aspect of the system from top to bottom effects every other aspect of it.  Those who make the big bucks to make the decision need to find the best...