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Workplace Sarcasm

EMScapades Cartoon - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 10:31
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Treat The Patient Not The Monitor | Or Something Like That

EMS Office Hours Podcast - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 09:46

This week on the podcast I talk about the age old saying “Treat the patient, not the monitor”. Maybe it should be “Treat the patient AND the monitor”.

Plus I highlight an up and coming ECG monitor that looks great but I think way to many bells and whistles – translation – too expensive for most agencies in equipment and training.

Take a listen below and be sure to rate and review on iTunes and leave me your feedback below should you so desire. Stay safe.

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Here is a link to the monitor I mention in the podcast.

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Medic Mindset Podcast: Talking teaching

Syndicated Columnists - Mon, 12/03/2018 - 02:46
The science behind successful learning, classroom teaching and clinical precepting in EMS
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Move over, urges paramedic who lost leg after being struck

Syndicated Columnists - Mon, 12/03/2018 - 01:22
Rory Barros, who was hit by a drunk driver while responding to a crash, explains why giving up has never been an option
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How AMR's therapy dog program is helping EMS providers cope with 'unimaginable' stress

Syndicated Columnists - Sun, 12/02/2018 - 23:24
Goldendoodles Saydee and Bodhi have made it their mission to relieve the emotional stress EMTs and paramedics experience while on duty and at deployments
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Medicare expands prior authorization program for repetitive non-emergency transports

Syndicated Columnists - Sun, 12/02/2018 - 21:41
CMS extends the prior authorization program, through Dec. 1, 2019, to eight states and Washington DC
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Trending: Expanded use of prehospital point of care ultrasound (P-POCUS)

Syndicated Columnists - Sun, 12/02/2018 - 21:09
How far has prehospital point of care ultrasound come in the past year and, more importantly, where is it going next?
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“King Sized” Nation

EMScapades Cartoon - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 09:23
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9 questions you may have about medication for PTSD, anxiety or depression

Syndicated Columnists - Thu, 11/29/2018 - 23:43
Medication can be extremely effective in helping first responders recover and regain a healthy balance
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The best advice for new EMS workers

Syndicated Columnists - Thu, 11/29/2018 - 21:25
Our co-hosts discuss the most helpful pieces of advice they received when starting their careers and what new industry personnel should know
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How to avoid bullying

Michael Morse - Rescuing Providence - Wed, 11/28/2018 - 08:47

I am busy developing new curriculum; rather than training and insisting firefighters become kind and sensitive to each other’s needs and emotions, I have devised a system that effectively alleviates bullying.

It’s called Bully Back. 99.9% of the the insults bandied about the fiirehouse are simple ways of communicating that male dominated organizations have effectively used since the first Saber Tooth Tiger hunt.

It isn’t perfect, but it gets the message across.

Learning how to not take the banter personally, use those feelings of inadequacy the insults produce and develop coping strategies such as;

-witty retorts
-clever retaliation
-self improvement
-learning moments

will be covereg in the course material.

The cost is free. To sign up, simply show up for your shift and do something ridiculous, say something offensive, let others do your work, refuse to learn your streets, spend all day on your device and do as little as possible to get through your shift.

Opportunity to Bully Back will be abundant. Better yet, do your job to the best of your ability and watch the alleged harrassment dissapear.

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Opioid related non-cardiogenic pulmonary edema

Syndicated Columnists - Wed, 11/28/2018 - 01:27
The opioid crisis increases the odds that pre-hospital field providers will encounter NCPE
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Opioid related non-cardiogenic pulmonary edema

Syndicated Columnists - Wed, 11/28/2018 - 01:27
The opioid crisis increases the odds that pre-hospital field providers will encounter NCPE
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The Greatest Gift

Michael Morse - Rescuing Providence - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 09:00

A beautiful woman struggled to breathe, sitting alone with only her memories in the middle of the night, waiting for help. At one time, she could do anything. Born in 1922, she had survived a lot of tough times: the Great Depression, World War II, the civil rights movement, marriage, family and all that goes with it. But not this time. A lifetime of accomplishment, sorrow and triumph came to an end in a nursing home in Providence.

Her family had been involved: her son, his wife, two daughters and their husbands, some grandchildren and a bunch of great grandchildren. They visited, sent cards, picked her up and took her to their homes on special occasions, but they couldn’t always be there. Her blood relatives were scattered all over, asleep in their homes, some nearby, some far. But none of them was there to offer comfort when she needed it most.

A few days later, when the services were through, they converged at her son’s house. They remembered their matriarch, and told stories about what a wonderful woman, wife and mother she was. They had a toast to her memory. Her children felt the greatest sorrow at her passing, her grandchildren a little less, her great-grandchildren little if any. But she will be remembered fondly by all.

We are often told that what matters most of all is the present. The present is all we have. Yesterday is a memory, tomorrow a dream, the present is a gift.


It is good advice, and helps keep things in perspective when the mind starts spinning. The what-ifs, should-have-beens and could-bes take up too much space in a mind that has earned peace.

Love, the greatest gift of all, was with her in her final moments. It came from Senegal, in the form of two lovely ladies who were both in the prime of their lives, with little ones at home and a grand future in America ahead of them. They were the caretakers of the little lady in Room 452 who could not breathe.

They comforted her, and rubbed her back, and reassured her with their beautiful voices, so melodic that they sounded as if they were singing a lullaby when they spoke. Their words could be considered broken English, but the little English they had mastered said more in their inflection and sincerity than all of the words stored in every database since the Internet was invented. While their gift of love might not have transcended the fear and sadness at that moment, it made the experience bearable.

The three were in tears when we rescue workers arrived. The spell was broken, but the love shared between two caretakers and the woman to whom they had grown close over the last two years lingered. The ladies reluctantly stood back, letting “the experts” take over. We administered more oxygen, and got the bag valve mask ready, and lifted her from her seat, and put her on the stretcher, stuck her with needles, and said words they did not understand, harsh words such as, “she’s going to code,” and “I need two for CPR.”


The rescue workers and their patient left quickly. The memory of their friend stayed with the women from Senegal. Eventually her things were taken, but her essence remained.

They still think of her often, and as each new shift begins, they say a prayer in her memory. When a new lady moved into the room, they greeted her warmly, and so began another love story.

The little old lady in Room 452 ended her days with people who loved her as much as her family, and maybe a little more.

The present truly is a gift.

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Leaning In | Taking Stock In EMS

EMS Office Hours Podcast - Mon, 11/26/2018 - 09:04

This weeks podcast is from a FaceBook Live I did. I talk about filtering content for EMS and how that can benefit you and your patients more. I also talk about the idea of “leaning in”.  I was listening a mentor of mine who is not in EMS actually but he was talking about this idea of Leaning In and I immediately knew how close it applies to EMS.

Take a listen below

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Enduring grief: Coping with first responder loss

Syndicated Columnists - Mon, 11/26/2018 - 05:20
Firefighters, paramedics and EMTs, though accustomed to death, need to process grief when losing someone close to them
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Gift Inspiration

EMScapades Cartoon - Fri, 11/23/2018 - 10:46
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12 first responder charities to donate to this season

Syndicated Columnists - Tue, 11/20/2018 - 20:43
Support first responders injured in the line of duty, new recruit education and the families of the fallen
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That One Call

EMScapades Cartoon - Tue, 11/20/2018 - 11:39
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