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How to help an emotional partner

Syndicated Columnists - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 20:24
Our co-hosts answer an email from a listener asking for help in dealing with a partner who is going through an emotional time
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Back to school: Tourniquet training for high school students

Syndicated Columnists - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 22:11
DHS grant to teach tourniquet application puts direct pressure on kids to help other kids during a mass shooting and before EMS arrives
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Patient-centered EMS leadership

Syndicated Columnists - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 20:40
Patient-centered care partnerships with patients and family need to start at the top
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Patient-centered EMS leadership

Syndicated Columnists - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 20:40
Patient-centered care partnerships with patients and family need to start at the top
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The cycle will never end

EMScapades Cartoon - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 11:04
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Feed the Police at Fire Life

Michael Morse - Rescuing Providence - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 09:03

The rest of the world might have gone nuts, but that is no reason for us to join them. Society is embracing the idea of questioning the police, as if the police were created to harass them. Showing disrespect to a uniformed police officer is a badge of honor these days; street cred gained through outright contempt for the badge is commonplace, accepted by society and embraced by the some in the media.

But behind the badge exist people. People like you and me. People who put their uniforms on one leg at a time. But, most importantly, the people behind the badge get hungry!

Everybody knows that firefighters are great cooks. The police officers in your district are painfully aware of this fact as well. As they sit in their cruiser, eating stale baloney and mayo on white bread, we are enjoying a T-bone steak, some garlic-infused mashed potatoes, and perhaps a side of steamed broccoli.

It wouldn’t kill us firefighters to extend an invitation to our brothers and sisters who are not as fortunate as us when it comes to taking care of the most basic survival needs. Breaking bread together is the most down to earth human connection there is. Sharing a meal brings people closer, and the closer we are to the people who have the unenviable job of keeping a hostile, unappreciative, and increasingly bold and belligerent public from harming us as we perform our jobs, the better.

 

Even if the cops can’t physically join us at the table, a hot plate beats a cold sandwich or takeout any day of the week. Here’s a little something you can throw together on the cheap; it’s a staple in every firehouse in Providence, and though every firehouse chef likes to take credit for inventing it, truth is, the recipe originated in Mrs. Morse’s kitchen and was modified by yours truly to meet the needs of the never-ending appetites of my fellow firefighters and sometimes police.

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Hot Pasta

Feeds six firefighters and two police officers or just six firefighters; they will just keep eating until it’s gone…

 

Ingredients:

3 lbs pasta of choice

6 boneless chicken breasts

Big can chicken broth

1 lb mushrooms

1 red pepper

1 large onion

5 cloves garlic

1 jar pepperoncini

Salt

Pepper

Crushed red pepper

Garlic powder

Onion powder

Grated cheese

Olive oil

 

Directions:
  1. In a big pot, boil water.
  2. In a smaller pot, heat up olive oil.
  3. Chop up five good-sized garlic cloves; better yet, have the firefighters do the dirty work. Make sure you tell them to make it snappy; they love that!
  4. Chop up an onion. Peel it first, throw the pieces on top of the garlic, and stir it a little until the onions are clear. You could say translucent,” but nobody will know what you are talking about.
  5. Have your slaves . . .  er, the firefighters, cut up a head of broccoli, a red pepper, and some mushrooms (unless you bought them sliced).
  6. In the meantime, cube chicken breasts. Toss the cubes with the garlic and onions until almost done, then add the chopped veggies—add mushrooms last.
  7. Open a jar of whole pepperoncinis; pour a lot of the juice into the chicken, garlic, and onion mix. Season the mix with garlic powder, onion powder, crushed red pepper, salt, maybe a few shakes of whatever hot sauce you have around, and some black pepper. Add a can of chicken broth.
  8. Add three pounds of ziti, bowties, or macaroni to the boiling water; adding some salt. Stir.
  9. When the pasta is done, drain the water out and put it back in the pan. Add the chicken, veggie mix (including the juice) into the pasta pan.
  10. Add a cup of grated Romano or parmesan cheese (Romano is better; parmesan gets all sticky, but it’s still pretty good).
  11. Mix it all up, set up some bowls and spoons or forks, and call the cops!

Thanks to the San Marcos, Texas Fire Depertment for the image.

https://www.fireengineering.com/articles/fire_life/articles/2018/august/feed-the-police.html

 

 

 

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Two in, two out: maintaining your marriage in EMS

Syndicated Columnists - Sun, 08/12/2018 - 21:38
Your partner at home can be your best resource in regard to your mental health
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Resuscitation education: What’s changed and what you need to know

Syndicated Columnists - Sun, 08/12/2018 - 21:17
The American Heart Association recently released a statement updating cardiac arrest resuscitation guidelines
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Sometimes they just die

EMScapades Cartoon - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 11:31
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Limiting exposure to asbestos during and after disaster management

Syndicated Columnists - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 02:07
Environmental disasters can expose first responders to asbestos, putting them at risk for mesothelioma
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How to keep PTSD out of your EMS agency

Syndicated Columnists - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 01:54
Recognize the risk factors and symptoms of PTSD, and how to manage self-talk and meditate to reduce its physical and emotional effects
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How to keep PTSD out of your EMS department

Syndicated Columnists - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 01:54
Recognize the risk factors and symptoms of PTSD, and how to manage self-talk and meditate to reduce its physical and emotional effects
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What’s Your EMS Super Hero Power?

EMS Office Hours Podcast - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 15:06

As EMS professionals we have to know a wide range of topics and be proficient at many various skills. However a lot of us have super powers. What I mean by that is we all have certain skills or topics that we are very good at, that we have mastered.

Do you know what your EMS super hero powers are? What about your partners? Knowing each others strengths and weaknesses really can make hard days easier and benefit your patients and even your coworkers.

Take a listen below to see what I mean.

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How much personal liability do individual EMS providers bear?

Syndicated Columnists - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 01:14
Our co-hosts discuss a recent article that raises the question of personal liability for EMS workers
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Is it the responsibility of individual EMS providers to protect themselves from being sued?

Syndicated Columnists - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 01:14
Our co-hosts discuss a recent article that raises the question of personal liability for EMS workers
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Human dignity statement is a good start, but not enough

Syndicated Columnists - Tue, 08/07/2018 - 22:21
Position statements from our national leadership are helpful, but we must make culture change ourselves
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3 metrics to track in your EMS operations

Syndicated Columnists - Mon, 08/06/2018 - 00:25
EMS, like any other aspect of healthcare, is data driven, and tracking, measuring and reporting the right data can improve operations and patient care
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EMS coordination: Healthcare coalitions provide organized cooperation

Syndicated Columnists - Sun, 08/05/2018 - 23:34
Healthcare coalitions offer EMS a “seat at the table” for regional emergency planning
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