Archive for January2007

The Man Who Wouldn't Die (Part 2)

Here’s Part 1: The Man Who Wouldn’t Die Now Part 2: So I’m just sitting around thinking I’ve been doing nothing but routine EMS calls — lots of elderly flu, dehydration, falls, psychiatric, TIA type calls with nothing much to write about despite being so busy when the tones go off and we are sent […]

Pub Med

Back at work after four days off. Not much going on — a diabetic, and two leg pain calls. Occassionally when short of material, I have been posting about interesting EMS web sites. Today, I’d like to hightlight Pub Med, which is an online database of medical research. I use it often to research issues […]


I read today that SAVED, the TNT paramedic drama, will not be renewed. TNT Dumps SAVED Yahoo Report I bet it will come out in DVD and become a cult classic. *** I have been trying to call for morphine for all my patients with abdominal pain lately unless they are bleeding. So far I […]

State of the Union

10 calls today starting with two minutes after the moment I laid my head down after checking my gear. I’m on my fourth different crew of the day and I admit I am getting cranky. The goal is to reach a zen-like state where you can do each call 100% with full attention and senses […]

A Tale of Two Codes

The Chain of Survival After finishing my paperwork I come out of the ER and sit in the front seat of the ambulance. My partner, who is in the back putting linen away, says, “About five minutes ago they sent an ambulance up to Pilson Way for a call where they are doing CPR.” “We […]

Why Can't They Fix It?

The suburban town where I work three days a week abuts the northern border of the city. It begins with a lower middle class black neighborhood, small one story homes tightly packed together. As you head north the houses get gradually bigger. On the mountain that lines the north and west of the town are […]


I have been in EMS since 1989 when I became an EMT (a paramedic in 1993). While I have been a preceptor for almost ten years, I have rarely done any traditional teaching such as CPR or EMT classes of ACLS. I love one on one teaching, but I don’t like standing in front of […]


I should have some new posts along with responses to comments in a day or two. I’m been getting killed at work, while trying to prepare for an ACLS instructor’s class tomorrow. I took a CD-ROM course called the AHA Core Instructor Course that means I only have to go to the first day of […]


This week we had a training session to introduce us to the new CPAP machines we are getting, as well as to review intubation and surgical crichs. It all set me thinking about the changes I have seen since I became an EMT in 1989 and a paramedic in 1993. (I’m sure people who have […]

Regional Meetings

On the second Tuesday of every month, I spend four hours at our regional educational standards and medical advisory meetings. I am not a meeting guy, but we have a good group of people and we get things accomplished, although as with any group sometimes it seems we are always rearguing the same issues. In […]

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