Archive for December2006

Speaking of DNRs

Speaking of…. Called for difficulty breathing to a nursing home. Second time in same day called to the same nursing home for same complaint, had same nurse, asked the same question. What is the patient’s norm? The nurse shrugs and turns to an aide who says, she don’t speak, but she converse. Does she have […]

DNR Study Results

As many readers of this blog know I am very interested in prehospital research. I have been talking with one of my medical control doctors and the leader of our research journal club about actually initiating our own research projects. It is not as easy as just going out and doing a project. If your […]


Today as part of a research project, I distributed the following questionnaire to paramedics at our annual paramedic skills session. *** Paramedic DNR Study Please Fill in or Circle Your Answers How many years have you been a paramedic? ____ How old are you now? ____ To the best of your recollection how many times […]

Johnny Tops

I always put a fresh hospital Johnny (gown) on my stretcher along with a clean sheet, bath blanket and towel. If I am going to do a 12-lead ECG, run a bag of fluid or even just do a good torso exam, I like to get the patient out of their tee-shirt, button down shirt […]


It’s funny in EMS how you can get talking about something, and then something similar happens. You talk about a bad motorcycle accident or messy GI bleed code and then that’s what you get sent for. Why we were just talking about… It’s really just random chance. How many times do people use the Q-word […]

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