Hot Zone

Entry Img

The official word is things are getting better in Connecticut as far as COVID goes.  We continue to slowly decline from our December high.  The governor has lifted the sports pause so my daughter is back having full scrimmages with her regional basketball team, although her middle school has cancelled their basketball season.  My wife […]

EMS Harm Reduction

Entry Img

I am thrilled that American Medical Response-Hartford and Aetna Ambulance are partnering with the Greater Hartford Harm Reduction Coalition to deputize the city’s EMS responders into the Harm Reduction army.  Crews will provide information cards to overdose patients and their families on where they can obtain everything from rehabilitation services to naloxone and clean needles […]


Connecticut has approved paramedics to administer COVID-19 vaccines.  They have also approved any EMT who has been trained in IM injection as part of the state’s epinephrine program.  Nurses are also able to administer the vaccine.  Paramedics and EMTs, however have to complete a state-approved training course in order to administer the vaccine, while nurses […]

The Door

When I am in the rapid response paramedic fly car, I usually always arrive on scene, before the fire department, before the police, before the ambulance. (Unless, I am requested to stage for a violent psych or an assault if the assailant is still believed to be on scene). I carry with me my paramedic […]

Severe Outbreak Again?

Entry Img

Connecticut is back in a severe outbreak according to COVID ACT Now. The upgrade seems to be largely based on the daily new cases per 100K population.  For me, I think the daily hospitalizations is a far better measure of the state of the epidemic.  Source: University of Minnesota COVID-19 Hospitalization Tracking The cases chart shows […]

The Future of EMS Education

Entry Img

EMS continuing education has been changed forever over the course of the last year.  At UConn John Dempsey Hospital where I am the EMS coordinator, we hold EMS CMES monthly.  For years we held them in person.  Over the years we bounced around from venue to the next dealing with issues like parking (for attendees […]

2nd Dose

Entry Img

My first Pfizer shot was great.  Didn’t even feel the needle go in.  No side effects.  Shoveled my driveway the next day with no fatigue.  Yesterday at 10:30 A.M., I had my second shot.  Went to bed at 9:30 P.M. feeling fine.  Woke up at 11:00 P.M. feverish, chills, body aches, joint aches, bone aches, […]

Pediatric Cardiac Arrest-Stay and Play

Entry Img

I just watched a fantastic and very thoughtful lecture of pediatric cardiac arrest given by Dr. Peter Antevy as part of the Refresh2021 free national registry program, which I encourage everyone in EMS to sign up for. Register for Refresh 2021  When I precepted as a paramedic in 1995, my preceptor told me when we […]

COVID Non-Emergency Calls (Transfers)

Entry Img

If you work in commercial EMS, you are also likely to do what we call transfers.  These are non-emergency calls where you take a patient to a destination that is not the emergency department.  This can be a trip to dialysis, from a hospital or nursing home to a home or from a home to […]

Christmas – Winter’s Fuel

Entry Img

These are two old Christmas posts I wrote years ago, reposted now. *** Fifteen on the Scale It’s Christmas eve. We get called to one of the local nursing homes for rib pain. The room number sounds familiar. As we wheel our stretcher through the lobby, “Good King Wencelous” plays through the speakers. Gently shone […]

Page 1 of 11712345...102030...Last »