Making Our Lowest Common Denominator EMT Even Lower

Tweet Kudos to NAEMT, which sent a letter to Virginia House Delegate Kathy Byron opposing a bill that would require less time to become an EMR and EMT. VA House Bill 1010… Provides that regulations of the Board of Health governing qualifications for certification of emergency medical services providers shall require no more than 40 […]

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 […]

EMS Superbowl Memories

Tweet I was working the night of Superbowl XLII, when the Patriots played the Giants.  I am not a fan of either team, but was interested in seeing Tom Brady against Eli Manning.  As it happened we ran calls through the first half, and cleared the hospital slightly faster than we normally would to try […]

Pondering the Future of EMS Education

Tweet Following up my post about the final EMS Educast episode, the panel discussed what the future of the profession and education would look like. Greg and Rob both stated that all certified EMS providers should be called paramedics, instead of the alphabet soup of certification levels we have now.  Rob also mentioned how in […]

So Long EMS Educast

Tweet Yesterday I listened to the final episode of the EMS Educast.  I am sad that Greg, Bill, and Rob will no longer record new episodes, but am excited about what the co-hosts have in store for the future of EMS. Greg mentioned that he began the podcast at a low point in his career, […]

Enter the No IAFF Spin Zone

Tweet The issue of DC hiring single-role paramedics has been in the news recently, where a lot of opinions have been presented as facts in the media.  Following up on the All Hazards Myth, most of those opinions are Fire-Service Based EMS Advocates talking points.  With a dwindling number of fires and increasing number of […]

Sign the Refusal Form, Ask Them To Leave, and Drive Him To the Hospital

Tweet One Saturday several years ago I got a phone call from my mother, who was in my home town 400 miles away.  She had called 911 for my grandfather, who was entering his later stage of dementia, and had passed out.  In the background I heard a paramedic from the company I used to […]

And I Was Never Late For Emergency Overtime Again

Tweet Kelly Grayson’s recent post, Philosophical EMS Observation #3477,  and the comments, reminded me of a situation I encountered.  There he wrote: On leadership versus managing: A leader treats the policy and procedure manual as a guide, and uses his best judgment in deciding whether strict adherence to policy is in the best interests of […]

We Only Get One Chance To Get It Right

Tweet One of the things I will miss about working in the field is the one-on-one connection we make with patients.  Rob Theriault discussed how this is opportunity is unique to EMS on a recent EMS Educast episode.  We get called into people’s most intimate settings, perhaps their bedroom or bathroom, or when they are […]

The Medic I Tried To Be the Most Like

Tweet Watching the Jaromir Jagr in NHL playoffs last spring reminded me of playing street hockey 20 years ago.  I tried to play like he did, skating down the right wing, handling the puck with his right arm, protecting it with his left skate, and fighting players off with his left arm. This also reminded […]