Last Shift Before Christmas

Tweet 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 […]

Coarse Asystole and Life Saving

Tweet Coarse Asystole is a new blog written by Sean Hulsman, a paramedic and educator in the Buffalo, NY. area.  I happened to do my first ride-along with in EMT class with him, and was fortunate enough to work as his partner a few times after. His clinical knowledge, the way he interacted with patients, […]

No Ordinary Day

Tweet Thursday, August 28, 2014 started out as one. We had some space in the lab schedule for our second semester paramedic students, so we decided to do a pit crew resuscitation workshop. I modified a con-ed presentation that I put together a few years ago, and added YouTube videos of a witnessed cardiac arrest […]

June Happenings, Sepsis, and CapnoAcademy

Tweet June has been a busy month. I am teaching an EMT class for the first time, which is the first time I have taught at that level and the first time I have had students on their first day of the program. I am having fun working with a group of highly motivated students, […]

The Timing Was Right

Tweet A few years ago, I received a voice mail from my service’s medical director.  He asked me to call him back.  That had never happened before, and I was a bit nervous. I called him back, left him a message, and went into work for a night shift. After picking up dinner a few […]

She Passed the Hand-Drop Test

Tweet I was in a bad mood one afternoon when we were called for a 35 year-old-female with chest pain.   As we pulled up behind the fire truck in front of her high-rise apartment building, I thought that it was silly to send six people on a call like this.  I thought for a second […]