Ebola

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I first read about Ebola from the 1995 bestseller The Hot Zone by Richard Preston, which recounted how monkeys in a government lab in Reston, Virginia suddenly started dying from what turned out to be the only strain of Ebola that doesn’t affect humans. A great read and thriller that I highly recommend. Over the […]

Breaker of Men

We find our patient by the elevator doors in a public building. He is on all fours, dry heaving, and shaking. He says he is in terrible pain. Security tells us he is a visitor to this public building. They don’t know anything about him other than that he has been screaming that he is […]

Streamline

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This is the first I have written since May. I did not mean to stop writing. I had many thoughts, but just never got around to putting them down. Why no posts? A variety of reasons, primarily time. As I get older I find myself less sure of myself and my ideas. I can spout […]

Clear Some Space

“Get the board and straps!” How many cardiac arrests have you been to over the years when these words have been said in the first few minutes of arrival on scene? It is conditioned in us. I hear it from the paramedics, the EMTs, the first responders. These days, I say, “No, not just yet. […]

Patient Handover

In our region we have hotly debated the issue of EMS leaving run forms prior to leaving the hospital. We have been debating this for over twenty years. Sure, ideally you deliver the patient, you go to the EMS room, you sit down and write a detailed and thoroughly documented PCR describing everything about the […]

Medication Discrepencies

I have wanted to do EMS research for many years. At long last, my first official research project with official IRB approval was completed, and our poster below was presented at the New England Regional Society of Academic Emergency Medicine Conference last March. Mark Andreae, a third year medical student and EMT, was the key […]

STEMI Imposters Webinar May 6, 2014

SAVE THE DATE Greater Hartford Mission: Lifeline Webinar STEMI Imposters Tuesday, May 06, 2014 Noon – 1 pm Presented by: Marcin Dada, MD Associate Director of the Chest Pain Center Hartford Hospital Moderator: Raffaella Coler, RN, MEd, Paramedic Director, EMS Education Hartford Hospital Please register in advance using link below: Registration Link With questions, please […]

Who Gets a Prehospital IV?

Our regional guidelines require routine ALS on many of our calls. Routine ALS is defined as IV, 02, monitor. Recently the 02 has been modified to only 02 if patient is short of breath or has a SAT >94%. Now we are looking at the IV part. Do all these patients really need prehospital IVs? […]

Whup Kits and Chihuahuas

Many of us in EMS love gadgets I remember when I started another EMT sold me a “whup kit,” which was a holster that attached to my belt to hold my tools. I didn’t get a big one, just a modest sized one. It held a pen light, trauma shears, bandage scissors, tweezers, and a […]

Connecticut to Allow BLS/First Responder IN Narcan

Yesterday the Connecticut Emergency Medical Services Medical Advisory Committee reversed its position from a year ago and voted to approve Intranasal Narcan as a sponsor hospital option for first responders and BLS services in the state. This does not mean that all first responders and BLS responders will be giving Narcan. It only means that […]

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Peter Canning

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Ebola October 2, 2014
Breaker of Men September 25, 2014
Streamline September 21, 2014
Clear Some Space May 28, 2014
Patient Handover May 13, 2014
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  • Comments
    Survivor
    Streamline
    Well said. Given your attention to work/life balance mixed with genuine passion for the profession, it is no surprise that you have had such longevity in this career. I look forward to more posts in the future, whenever you get to them ;) Keep on keepin' on!
    2014-09-24 18:01:15
    McGee
    Solu-Medrol
    TOTWTYTR: How can you say that ED staff are lazy or inefficient? You don't know what are you talking about mate!!! Big difference between EMT/Paramedics and ED staff...is you can give medication when you want and you don't need to wait for a medic to prescribe that drug.
    2014-09-23 08:52:46
    Vanessa
    PSVT-Adenosine
    I have PSVT and have been converted twice with Adenosine and it feels horrible, like an elephant sitting on our chest, I once went to the ER after 30 in V-tach, and a doctor said he learned this maneuver that usually works 90% of the time. Have the patient lay down and push down just…
    2014-08-27 21:08:20
    Jon Kavanagh
    Patient Handover
    Handover needs to be handover. The physical transfer of the patient needs to be a separate step. Introduce the nurse/team to the patient, give the relevant stuff, then move the patient over; even in a high acuity patient, unless he is ready to die without an immediate intervention by the physician, the 15-30 seconds spent…
    2014-08-13 19:19:31
    Lisa Aulbert
    Precepting
    I hate to break this to you, but you are a part of the problem. Having an easy day is not dependent on if a student "talks a good game" and being a good preceptor does not mean that you give a student that has CLEARLY demonstrated deficiencies during several calls during the shift, the…
    2014-08-01 15:01:15

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