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 […]

Ten Years Since My First Article

Tweet In August of 2005, I remember the excitement of opening the mailbox in the lobby of our apartment building. My soon-to-be wife (we have a big anniversary coming up in a few months) and I had arrived home from somewhere, both eager to see if Emergency Medical Services Magazine (now EMS World) had arrived. […]

Thanks Dave, and So Long

Tweet I was fortunate to first meet Dave Konig at EMS Today 2011. It was at the exhibit hall, where I usually find the volume of people, devices, and flashing lights overstimulating. I immediately felt a connection with the group of people gathered around the podcast studio, where I hung out with Dave and some […]

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, […]

What is EMS Strong?

Tweet EMS Strong, the theme for EMS Week 2015, comes during a year with an alarming number of suicides among EMS providers. As tragic as this is, I am encouraged that attention mental illness among EMS provider has received. This topic needs to come out of the shadows and be okay talk about. Being strong […]

NAEMT Safety Course

Tweet Yesterday I taught my first NAEMT Safety Course. The 8-hour, one day course covers crew resource management, vehicle safety, roadway operations, lifting and moving, violence at scenes, and general wellness. There are a lot of case studies, group discussions, and exercises. I was very lucky to have been monitored by Glen Luedtke, who is […]

EMS 1 and Other March Happenings

Tweet March has been a busy month. I am two-thirds of the way through teaching the Special Populations section of my paramedic program for the first time. We have covered neonates, peds, and are wrapping up geriatrics. Next is special operations, triage, incident command, and disaster response, which is quite a variety of topics. It […]

Book Review: A Matter of Inches

Tweet I stayed up late several nights over Christmas break reading Clint Malarchuk’s memoir, A Matter of Inches. Malarchuk is the former Buffalo Sabres goalie best known for having his jugular vein severed by a skate in 1989, and returned to play 10 days later. The book also covers his struggles with mental illness, alcohol […]

5 Resources For People Getting Back into EMS

Tweet One of my first mentors in EMS sent me a message the other night.  We were members of the same volunteer and paid services, he as a paramedic and I as an EMT, and were partners several times.  He left the field several years ago, but recently rejoined the service we were members of.  […]

2014 Year in Review

Tweet 2014 was quite a busy year for me. Looking back I did not realize how many personal, family, and professional events took place since last January.  Here are some of the highlights, with the corresponding blog posts. First, I completed my first full year teaching with a paramedic program.  I learned a few things […]