Mental Health Articles on EMS 1

Over at EMS 1, Shauna Sullivan and I wrote two articles about mental health for EMS providers. 5 things EMS providers should know about seeking mental health treatment is aimed at people who may experience some mental health symptoms to consider whether mental health treatment may be helpful, and how to find the best fit. […]

Heart Failure and Pneumonia

I wrote two articles on EMS 1 about respiratory conditions that are easily misdiagnosed. Heart failure and pneumonia can both cause respiratory distress, and both may cause crackles and wheezing. They also frequently occur in elderly patients with a host of other chronic medical problems. Waveform capnography can help differentiate them, and here’s how: 4 […]

3 Things I Learned From Power of Habit

I recently finished reading The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life and Business by Charles Duhigg. The book covers a number of areas of interest to EMS providers, students, and educators. Here are three things I learned from it: 1. The cue-routine-reward habit loop. Much of what we do is […]

Pediatric Medication Exercise

Over at EMS 1, I wrote about a fun exercise we did in my paramedic class to practice pediatric medication administration. I brought my children, ages five and two, to class, and I had them hand students cards with a medication and condition on it. The students then had to calculate the correct dose and […]

Active Learning About Capnography in Paramedic Chief

Yours truly has an article in the spring edition Paramedic Chief about how to use active learning to teach about capnography. I am fortunate to work at a school that encourages creativity and active methods of instruction, and I wrote the article to give educators some tools to try something besides the traditional lecture from […]

Using Videos to Teach at EMS1

My first article about education is up at EMS 1. I wrote about how I use EMS reality TV shows and YouTube videos of patient care in my classes. This is a free way to engage learners and make abstract concepts real. You can check it out here.

A Difference in Culture

Last week Dr. Juliette Saussy’s resignation letter as medical director from DC Fire/EMS went viral. Rather than pencil whip the clinical skill verification for 700 provider’s National Registry recertification, she quit. She described a “toxic culture” at DFEMS and named names, from the fire chief, city council, the union, and crews who don’t answer their […]

Book Review: Cardiac Dysrhythmia Interpretation Workbook by Rob Theriault

The eight edition of former EMS Educast cohost Rob Theriault’s self published Cardiac Dysrhythmia Interpretation Workbook is out, which I believe is the biggest EMS-book bargain out right now. The book begins with an explanation of cardiac A&P and electrophysiology, along with diagrams and metaphors for explanation. For example, Theriault describes conduction as like pebbles […]

Last Shift Before Christmas

Reading Christmas-themed EMS 1 articles by Kelly Grayson, Nancy Magee, and Michael Morse, I was reminded of a night I worked 9 years ago. The 14-hour shift began at 1800 and ended the morning before Christmas Eve, when our supervisors were taking us out to breakfast as a gift. After checking the truck, I checked […]

Meet the Practical Medic

I am very excited to have a column up at EMS 1 now as the Practical Medic. My goal is to break down barriers between the classroom and the street, and write about ways to apply topics in a way that works in the field. I am a huge fan of Dr. Scott Weingard, whose […]