Not My Addiction

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This is great film, made by EMS for EMS, to help us understand addiction and the stories behind our patient’s lives.  The 37 minute film tells the story of four addicts in their own words, including one who was once in EMS.  Listening to these four tell their stories helps people understand how easy it […]

Napping in EMS

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Do you nap on your EMS job? While many EMS organizations prohibit sleeping on the job and others allow it only in designated areas, a safety panel empowered by the National Association of State EMS Officials recently issued recommendations that included encouraging napping as a way to mitigate the adverse effects of fatigue. Recommendation 4: […]

Down Time

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A few days ago on our employees only Facebook page, someone posted a picture another person had taken of one of our crews while they were parked by the side of a street. The driver leaned against the window, arms folded, eyes closed.  The passenger had his eyes open, but he was slouched down in […]

Opioid Crisis National Roadmap- EMS Comment

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EMS Encouraged to Comment on Opioid Crisis National Roadmap These are my comments on the draft report developed by the Fast Track Action Committee (FTAC) on Health Science and Technology Response to the Opioid Crisis. People who have suffered a nonfatal overdose are at the high risk of suffering a fatal overdose. A recent study […]

Beautiful Boy: The Book

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In the movies, the hero kills the monster after an exciting and lengthy battle. Then just as the winning team congratulates themselves on their great victory and now bright future, the monster raises its head again. It was not really dead! After a brief but tense battle, in which the hero almost dies, the final […]

Cocaine with Fentanyl

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(Image from InspireMalibu) When they can’t get a hold of their local dealer, the two young men come in to Hartford from the suburbs to buy cocaine. Bart boasted to a younger friend Milton that he could get any drug he wanted on Park Street. “Well, let’s do it,” Milton said. It is true that Bart […]

Plateau

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Plateau -(noun) “ a usually extensive land area having a relatively level surface raised sharply above adjacent land on at least one side.” Plateau-(verb)- to reach a level, period, or condition of stability or maximum attainment, Merriam-Webster *** The United States Health Secretary announced recently that the opioid overdoses deaths appear to be plateauing across […]

Unforgiven

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He is walking down a side street off Park when he freezes in place. He sees the slow moving black Toyota blink its lights, then he sees the station wagon. Before he can take a step to flee, he sees the barrel come out of the back window. He feels the impact against his shin […]

In Praise of Tim Phalen

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If you ever get a chance to take a 12-lead class from Tim Phalen, Don’t miss it. Tim has been teaching 12-lead classes across the country for over twenty years. I first took a class from him about that long ago. He is a great presenter with the gift of making complex concepts seem easy. […]

Chains

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We’re sent to the courthouse where a marshal takes us back to a holding cell. A thin, bearded man with cuffs around his wrists and his legs chained is bent over in the bare cell, grimacing. “Guess he got nervous about seeing the judge,” the marshal says to us, “Developed himself some back pain.” “I’ve […]

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