Archive for January2015

Gifts

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I just hit my 20 year mark with the company. For this, I received my choice of anniversary gift. You go to a link and they have various gifts you can get depending on which anniversary it is. 10 years ago, I got a set of Henkels knives. 5 years ago, I got a GPS […]

Practice (Revisited)

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A comment and discussion on my previous post sparked me to revisit a post I wrote 9 years ago about the issue of working a body for the practice. Practice Here’s what I wrote back then: My preceptee needs a code. He probably needs a couple. He hasn’t done one as a medic yet. He’s […]

AHA 2015 Guidelines: A Preview

On October 15, the new American Heart Association Guidelines for CPR and ECG will be published. Then we will get the answers to the big questions many of us have wondered about? 1. Has epinephrine in cardiac arrest seen its last days? 2. Should paramedics continue to intubate cardiac arrest patients? 3. Will traditional CPR […]

Chemical Reactions

You’ve heard the expression – that person is “off their meds.’ It is not just used about our patients, but often about our co-workers and friends. I think back in the cave days people were either crazy or they were sane. Now it is much more complicated. Science even postulates that we may not have […]

Musings on EJs

EJs (External Jugular veins IVs) have become a lost art form around these parts. A paramedic can’t get an IV, the medic reaches right for the EZ-IO and drills a hundred dollar needle into someone’s tibia like they are drilling a screw into a wall to hang a picture. Sometimes the medic reaches right for […]

Vision

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When I was 12 years old, I was a good baseball player. I loved the game and had great hand-eye coordination. I was a contact hitter and a slick fielder. In the regional Little League tournament, I made a diving backhanded catch of a line drive at 3rd base that people talked about for years. […]