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Practicing on the deceased: ‘I get it’

Syndicated Columnists - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 23:28
The human body is an ideal training tool, but fire/EMS training protocols and the law must be followed
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Mentoring and mental health: What's new in EMS

Syndicated Columnists - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 01:16
Our co-hosts are joined by EMS1 contributor Amy Eisenhauer to discuss her thoughts on professional development, mentoring and mental health in the industry
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5 ways to eliminate dosing errors

Syndicated Columnists - Wed, 10/03/2018 - 21:47
Remain consistent once you’ve established the patient’s weight, ensure you know what’s in your containers and practice dosing calculations to prevent errors
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The political climate?

Michael Morse - Rescuing Providence - Wed, 10/03/2018 - 11:20

“The current political climate” is a phrase that describes how dysfunctional life in the United States has become. The words are used by the media and politicians, as well as by people at coffee shops, bars and dinner tables, to strengthen their position on hot topics: Donald Trump, racism, Supreme Court nominations, global warming and gun control. To name a few.

The words are written or spoken, and all who read or hear them are expected to understand without question that there is an ideological war raging between right and left, and we are all embroiled in it.

I think we all might be a little crazy, and that the current political climate is in our heads. The people we have elected to represent us are often elected because they have promised to fight for us. In most elections, the fighter gets the votes and the diplomat goes home.

This philosophy holds true in the strange world of politics, but not so much in the lives of the people affected by it. We the people fight as a last resort, not as a matter of course. We understand that there is more to life than grandstanding, attacking another’s position and winning. We have no choice, we are in this together. Our world is not black and white, 50-50, or left vs. right.

For our society to function, it is imperative that all involved understand that every one of us has something of value to offer. The complexity of life demands it. Our world would fall into irreparable chaos if each of us, every moment, fought to be right. Travel would be catastrophic, peaceful gatherings reduced to riots, education impossible and high-quality health care an unobtainable dream.

Human beings have learned the value of understanding another person’s views, and right of way. We understand the laws of nature, and follow them without question. It is truly miraculous and validating that 300 million people are able to exist in peace, be productive, help those in need and truly care about everybody else.

The distractions we are bombarded with daily do not define us. We are far more important than President Donald Trump’s tweets, or a Supreme Court nomination and the circus that surrounds it. It is difficult to ignore the drama, and oddly comforting to choose a side and live in an echo chamber of like-minded people. But that ultimately leads to resentment, disappointment and despair.

“The current political climate” is exactly what we allow it to be. I refuse to succumb to the mantra that my beliefs are in stark contrast with half of my fellow citizens. I have far more in common with people I disagree with on political matters than I have differences.

I know that I like meatloaf, punk rock, kombucha, the NFL and Nike sneakers. People close to me despise all of those things. But we all love each other, and most of us love meatballs, rock music, sweet tea, sports and cool T-shirts.

The devil is in the details, and we have become obsessed with focusing on the details that divide us. What is good and oft forgotten is the graceful dance the vast majority of us perform daily.

Providence Journal Op/Ed by Michael Morse, 1 Oct 18

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Logistical concerns surrounding an overdose mass casualty incident

Syndicated Columnists - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 23:17
Overdose cases can create numerous logistical problems when there are multiple overdose cases around the same time in different locations
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Forgetful Partners and Seeing The Big Picture

EMS Office Hours Podcast - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 12:05

This podcast reboot with EMS1.com’s Greg Friese talks about people who forget things during a shift. Whether it is restocking, checking an ambulance or even on scene awareness. It may be that understanding the bigger picture as partners and professionals is key to both patient care and harmony in the workplace.

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Roundtable: Experts reflect on findings, trends from the 2018 EMS Trend Report

Syndicated Columnists - Fri, 09/28/2018 - 07:09
Our EMS expert panel identifies actions EMS leaders can take to improve clinical and operational performance, and to advance the profession
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Neonatal abstinence syndrome: Infants falling victim to the opioid crisis

Syndicated Columnists - Thu, 09/27/2018 - 22:48
Learn how infants who were exposed to opioids present while suffering from withdrawal
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What goes in to organizing an EMS conference?

Syndicated Columnists - Thu, 09/27/2018 - 21:52
Our co-hosts are joined by EMS educator Joshua Ishmael, who coordinated this year's St. Elizabeth EMS Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio
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Data: How often does EMS respond to injured football players

Syndicated Columnists - Thu, 09/27/2018 - 21:14
ePCR data from more than 1,000 EMS agencies filtered to understand frequency and type of football players injuries
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Providers vs. Leaders: Trend report reveals divide on issues of safety, fatigue, mental health

Syndicated Columnists - Thu, 09/27/2018 - 06:53
An organization’s leadership culture may explain the stark difference in opinion between providers and leaders on issues of patient and provider safety
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Solutions for EMS recruitment and retention are hiding in plain sight

Syndicated Columnists - Thu, 09/27/2018 - 06:38
Even though the race to recruit, hire, engage and retain EMS employees is as intense as ever, there are working solutions within reach for every agency
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How do providers and leaders perceive EMS?

Syndicated Columnists - Thu, 09/27/2018 - 00:50
The 2018 EMS Trend Report asks EMS field providers, as well as leaders and chiefs, about their perceptions of the state of EMS in the U.S.
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How do providers and leaders perceive EMS?

Syndicated Columnists - Thu, 09/27/2018 - 00:50
The 2018 EMS Trend Report asks EMS field providers, as well as leaders and chiefs, about their perceptions of the state of EMS in the U.S.
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EMS community donates clothing, boots and money to paramedic students in need

Syndicated Columnists - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 23:42
EMS professionals, educators rally to support and “take care of the next generation of providers”
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Spanning Generations

Michael Morse - Rescuing Providence - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 17:05

 

I always try and remember that what we do spans generations. . .

1954

The fire started in the kitchen, he told me, his mother and aunt had been drinking, and forgot about the pan of oil on the stovetop. It ignited, then before they could put it out the stove caught fire. It was an oil stove, he said, before they had natural gas. He was in the attic bedroom with his brother when he smelled the smoke, and heard the screams from downstairs.

The fire spread quickly, the entire first floor went up, then the flames came after him and his brother. He was terrified, and thought he would die. His brother went to a window, and stood on the ledge as the fire trucks approached, but he couldn’t wait, and he jumped. A branch from a tree punctured his side, and he died shortly after hitting the ground.

My patient patient waited, a six year old boy, alone in an attic, fire approaching, heat intolerable, smoke choking him, but he waited, and the firemen came, and picked him up, and covered him best they could and carried him out of the house.

We sat in silence for a moment then, and I looked again at his leg, his entire calf and shin covered with scars from the skin grafts. The scars went all the way up he told me, but those firemen saved his life, and would have saved his brother, too, if he had waited.

“You fellas do a heck of a job” he said, as I checked the flow of the IV, and rechecked his vitals. He’s in his sixties now, has had four heart attacks, lives with a defibrillator implanted in his chest, and deformed legs, and a lost brother in 1954.

The sixty-something year old man on my stretcher still had the sparkle of the six year old kid whose life was forever marked all those years ago as he told me his story, and let another generation of Providence Firefighters do their job.

I closed my eyes for a moment, and pictured the old Jakes as they must have looked back then, and realized they were likely younger than me when they saved my patients life the first time. But to Albert it doesn’t really matter, because when he needs us, we are there.

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