Archive for October2007

Coming Soon

Why do we rant in EMS? That’s what I want to write about. I want to write about it in a way that is not a rant, and I want to write about it in a way that will help to stop me from ranting because I don’t think it is a particularly attractive quality. […]


My plan today was to write a response to Baby Medic’s rant Bad Day — a rant I have had myself on too many a day, week, month and year — but in order to write what I really feel — about the privilege of this job despite all the bullshit — I need not […]


I’ve been doing a serious garage and house cleaning. I do it a couple times a year. I always manage to throw a good bit out, but never quite get control. I’m no pack rat. Paramedics won’t find my rigored body underneath a collapsed stack of yellowed newspapers, but I have stuff. A month ago […]

The Gear

I’ve pretty much been a stickler over the years about carrying gear. You get a call — whether its chest pain, a fever, or a fall — you bring all your gear in. Monitor, house bag, 02. You never know. Many years ago, I was working with a partner named Steve. Good partner. We had […]


I consider myself on the cutting edge of pain management. I have worked within the state and region to increase the amount of morphine paramedics can give patients on standing order and I am very aggressive with my use of morphine. You have pain, I want to take it away. Instead of screaming with pain, […]