Friday 25 May 2012

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Joplin: One year later

EMS1 video producer Ray Kemp returns to Joplin, Mo., for the one-year anniversary of the tornado that killed 161 people. Tuesday, May 22, saw a unity walk with more than 6,000 participants. Two EMS directors in Joplin share some of their experiences when the tornado struck. read more..

Near Miss and Incident Reporting: Episode 136

On this episode of the EMSEduCast we discussed the EMS Voluntary Event Notification Tool (EVENT) with Matt Womble. Matt Womble has had a diverse career that has been fueled by a desire to improve the fractured and inefficient nature of the US healthcare system and improve the quality and consistency of care in EMS. His [...] read more..

Write a Book by Blogging the Book Content

Write a Book by Blogging the Book Content

Someday I am hoping to write a book. My planned technique is to write the book as a series of blog posts and then bundle those posts into an ebook for the Kindle. Obviously this idea is not unique, but it sure seems sensible. Recently I listened to this podcast with Nina Amir about her [...] read more..


Listening to the Bitter End: EMS Garage Episode 144

This week we discuss: Nurses defending Paramedics? Really? cool! Facebook picture posting suspension. Was this harsh enough? PEATscale EMSRadioStarFinal Featuring: Chris Montera Anne Robinson David Konig Russell Stine Sam Bradley Tim Noonan Random Ward read more..

Wednesday 23 May 2012

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Muddy Angels are on the Road: Episode 137

On this special episode of the EMSEduCast Tim Perkins, PIO for the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride, tells us about the history of the ride, its mission, and the 2012 route. Make sure to visit their website,, and become a Facebook fan of the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride. Finally, please thank the riders [...] read more..

Race Report: 2012 Cellcom Green Bay Marathon 5K

The Cellcom Green Bay Marathon is a weekend of racing that includes a 5k, 1/2 mile kids run, half marathon, and marathon. I raced the half marathon in 2010 (or maybe 2009) and the full marathon in 2011. This year I decided to race the 5K on Saturday because on Sunday I volunteered to run [...] read more..

Free Kindle Download: 2 Weeks a Year Finding Humor While Deployed in Iraq

EMS Week Special Only available until midnight tonight (Tuesday) … download for the Kindle : Finding Humor While Deployed in Iraq by retired Army National Guard combat medic Trent Cherin. Learn more about the book and Trent’s experience in this episode of the Medical Author Chat podcast. read more..

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EMS Credentialing: Episode 134

Rob and Bill, co-host of the EMSEduCast, are joined by guest Jon Friesen, Major – Education Manager for the Wichita/Sedgwick County EMS System Office of the Medical Director.  Rob, Bill, and Jon speak about EMS credentialing. Jon Friesen ( serves as the Major – Education Manager for the Wichita/Sedgwick County EMS System Office of the [...] read more..

Tuesday 22 May 2012

KNRM Medevac exercise

KNRM Medevac exercise

On Saturday in the quiet environment of the harbor, medics practice moving a stretcher from ship to ship. read more..

Monday 21 May 2012

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In Honor of EMS Week (and Law Enforcement week & Fire Week) the Fit Responder E-Book is ON SALE…..50% OFF Sale. go to and enter coupon code EMSW2012 Tagged: book sale, ems week, exercise manual, fitness book, nutrition book read more..

Sunday 20 May 2012

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Can a model handle FDNY training?

Watch as Lauren trains with the firefighters of FDNY at their training facility. There's no special treatment for this model; she's taking the test like any other firefighter-to-be. Find out how she handles the heat in this episode of Woman v. Workout! read more..

Alternate Positing Location: Stress Management Tips for EMS

May can be a stressful time of year. In addition to the daily grind of patient assessment, treatment, and transport you might also be dealing with: Planning and delivering EMS week events Graduating from EMT class, paramedic class, or a college degree program Teaching the final days/weeks of an EMT or paramedic class Preparing for [...] read more..

Assessing For Nystagmus

Sometimes, when we don’t wee immediate value in an assessment tool, we decide to stop using it and quickly forget the correct technique for performing the evaluation. Once an assessment falls from out tool box, we may never use it again. Nystagmus is one of those assessments that can be tremendously useful when doing a [...] read more..

109 North And West Lexington-Forsyth Medical Center

Ambulance involved in wreck; no serious injures reported

THOMASVILLE, NC – An ambulance transporting a patient to Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem received significant damage after it collided with an SUV at the intersection of N.C. Highway 109 North and West Lexington Avenue Extension. First responders were dispatched to the wreck at 8:27 a.m. Monday, said Zach Jordan, deputy chief of the Hasty [...] read more..

Saturday 19 May 2012

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A Critic Reads My Mind, But Does He Read What I Write

"You have based your whole position on this epi debate on an OPINION paper."How do you know what I have based my conclusions on? Please provide some evidence of your psychic ability.I have been writing about epinephrine since long before the editorial by Dr. Callaway. I was also teaching about the problems with epinephrine before the AAEM Position statement and AAEM Working Group Report, but I was not writing a blog at that time.Perhaps you are referring to the AAEM Position Paper, which includes a review of the literature and analysis by Amal Mattu, MD FAAEM, Carey Chisholm, MD FAAEM, and Jerome R. Hoffman, MA MD FAAEM. read more..

Friday 18 May 2012

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Seattle EMS Week Honors Stroke Survivors

As part of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week from May 20-26, stroke survivors from King County will share their stories about how quick recognition of stroke symptoms and timely response and treatment through King County EMS helps patients survive and return to full health. [Read the whole story here.] read more..

Wednesday 16 May 2012

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IV lab in darkness

In this exercise, students pull their source of light from a cup. They can get a mini flashlight, strobe light or glow sticks. The point of this is to create conditions similar to what paramedics encounter in the field. read more..

Tuesday 15 May 2012

Ems Week

Why Wait for #EMSWeek to Do These 20 Things

EMS Week is a week away, but you don’t need to wait until the official EMS Week to do any of these things: Increase your knowledge: sign-up for the free EMS Web Summit. Appreciate EMS in a different setting by reading a book by a paramedic/author. Join the conversation about EMS by leaving a comment [...] read more..

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EMS Web Summit Preview

I had a chance to talk to Jim Hoffman, host of the upcoming EMS Web Summit, about the summit and the presentation I am delivering during the summit. There is still time to register for a great line-up of speakers and presentation topics. Thanks Jim for the chance to chat. read more..


Ambulance, vehicle in crash on Route 422

READING, PA – Two people were injured in an accident Tuesday afternoon involving an ambulance and another vehicle on the West Shore Bypass in Exeter Township. The accident occurred about 2:40 in the westbound lanes of the bypass, which is Route 422, between the Mount Penn and Interstate 176 exits. A patient was in the [...] read more..

West Midlands Ambulance Service

Boy died after satnav fault delays ambulance

A child died after a faulty satnav caused an ambulance to arrive late, a coroner heard last week. Nine-year-old Corey Seymour suffered heart failure last September following an asthma attack at home. An ambulance took 24 minutes to arrive, despite an eight-minute target response time. West Midlands Ambulance Service has since admitted problems with a [...] read more..

The Lancaster Pa-Video Members-Ems

Memorable EMS Calls from Lancaster General Health #EMSWeek

In this video members of the Lancaster PA, Lancaster General Health EMS discuss their first calls, most memorable calls, and advancements in EMS. Listening to the providers I was really struck how many of the calls were about pediatric encounters, especially pediatric death. In many cases the providers were discussing preventable tragedies. Yesterday, while bike [...] read more..

Friday 11 May 2012

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Creeping Obesity

Reading an article today on the staggering costs of obesity It dawned on me that besides diabetes running rampant in all ages, heart attacks in 20 year old’s, strokes in teens and added fuel costs from cars having to move more weight from point A to B we as a culture are missing the point.  [...] read more..


Medical Oversight According to the Handbook for EMS Medical Directors – Part I

Groups of people somewhat affiliated with EMS have decided that they know how EMS medical direction should be run. Their approach would have been progressive a few decades ago, but for EMS in many places this document is a return to the Dark Ages. read more..


Avoiding pedestrians: Luck or skill?

An ambulance narrowly misses running over a pedestrian, who keeps walking as though nothing happened. read more..

Tuesday 8 May 2012

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Chicago paramedic accused of Facebook sex talk with 11-year-old girl

CHICAGO, IL – A veteran Chicago Fire Department paramedic was charged with engaging in sexually explicitFacebook conversations with an 11-year-old girl, Cook County prosecutors said Friday. Mark Scanlon, 42, a nine-year veteran of the department, was charged with indecent solicitation of a minor and child exploitation. Judge Donald Panarese Jr. set bail at $50,000. According to [...] read more..

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Wellness at Work

Wellness is the hot buzz word in the workplace, employee wellness, workforce wellness, injury prevention, reduced absenteeism, reduced presenteeism, workforce productivity, stress reduction, nutrition, diet, weight loss the list is frankly endless! Ask an EMT, Fire Fighter or Officer; ask a laborer, desk jockey or VP what wellness is or what wellness means and you [...] read more..

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Fire truck and ambulance crash, three injured

OVID TWP., MI — Three emergency workers were taken to Sparrow Health System in Lansing after an Ovid-Middlebury Fire Department truck and an ambulance crashed Sunday morning. Clinton County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Jeff Clarke said the vehicles were responding to a call for house fire — it ended up being a chimney fire — shortly [...] read more..

Monday 7 May 2012

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Everyday EMS Athlete Profile: George Steffensen

EMS professionals are challenged to balance work, family, and other obligations while also staying or striving for mental and physical fitness. The Everyday EMS Athlete is a regular column to recognize and learn from other EMS professionals that are setting and meeting fitness goals. This edition was contributed by Paramedic and Author George Steffensen. Q: [...]Read related posts and tips:

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Links for Books by Paramedics and New Book Review

Paramedic and author Laura Kendall shared with me recently, “I’m happy to announce that my newest novel previously only available on kindle and nook as an ebook is now a full length paperback! ( the sequel to A Simple Case of Suicide) is available from Amazon (affiliate link).” Read a review of Moments in the [...] read more..

The First Ever EMS Web Summit is Here

Would you like to be a part of history? On May 17th 2012 the first ever EMS Web Summit will be coming to an internet portal near you. You can enjoy top notch EMS education for industry leaders right from the comfort of your home computer. The first ever EMS Web Summit will bring together [...] read more..

Ambulance driver charged in fatal wreck in Lynchburg

LYNCHBURG, VA - Police have charged the driver of the ambulance involved in a fatal wreck in Lynchburg on Thursday with reckless driving. A Lynchburg Police Department news release issued just after noon on Friday said that the driver – Justin Kidd, 25, of Rustburg – failed to stop at the red light at the intersection of [...] read more..

Workplace Violence

Classroom and Workplace Violence: Episode 135

On tonight’s EMS Educast returning guest Catherine Mattice joins the Co-host Greg, Rob, and Bill.  Tonight’s discussion is on workplace violence and safety.  The connection for educators is how do we better teach recognition of workplace violence, how to report it, and how to prevent workplace violence. Listen to this very interesting discussion.  Have you been a victim of [...] read more..

Sunday 6 May 2012

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The first fully portable video laryngoscope designed for difficult airways

The McGRATH® Series 5 Video Laryngoscope is designed to provide a clear view of the vocal cords during intubation with little or no change in laryngoscopic technique. A small camera and powerful light source are located at the distal end of the McGRATH® Video Laryngoscope blade. Once a clear image of the vocal cords and surrounding airway anatomy is obtained, a standard ET tube is then guided by the clinician through the vocal cords and into the larynx while viewed in real time on the color video display.The McGRATH® Video Laryngoscope is designed to simplify intubation of difficult airways and minimize the lifting forces often necessary for successful intubation even on routine airways.Now all intubations can be less traumatic than ever before. read more..