Archive for December2020

Pediatric Cardiac Arrest-Stay and Play

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I just watched a fantastic and very thoughtful lecture of pediatric cardiac arrest given by Dr. Peter Antevy as part of the Refresh2021 free national registry program, which I encourage everyone in EMS to sign up for. Register for Refresh 2021  When I precepted as a paramedic in 1995, my preceptor told me when we […]

COVID Non-Emergency Calls (Transfers)

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If you work in commercial EMS, you are also likely to do what we call transfers.  These are non-emergency calls where you take a patient to a destination that is not the emergency department.  This can be a trip to dialysis, from a hospital or nursing home to a home or from a home to […]

Christmas – Winter’s Fuel

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These are two old Christmas posts I wrote years ago, reposted now. *** Fifteen on the Scale It’s Christmas eve. We get called to one of the local nursing homes for rib pain. The room number sounds familiar. As we wheel our stretcher through the lobby, “Good King Wencelous” plays through the speakers. Gently shone […]

Connecticut Opioid Crisis Forum

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On December 18, 2020, I participated in a panel hosted by United States Senator Richard Blumenthal and Connecticut Attorney General William Tong to discuss the opioid epidemic.  I want to thank both of these fine public leaders for their consistent and longstanding involvement in the fight against opioid deaths.  We were joined by several other […]

On the COVID Front

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In the last couple days, Connecticut was downgraded from severe outbreak to active outbreak on the COVID ACT Now web site  (Hartford County remains listed as severe outbreak).  Being labeled active outbreak is not great, but at least we seem to be moving in the right direction.  While I am only working one or, some […]


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The American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, and the American Nurses Association issued a joint release today urging health care professionals “to get the COVID-19 vaccine and share your experience with others.” They wrote: “While the arrival of vaccines is good news in the fight to defeat COVID-19, it does not signal an immediate […]

Priority 1A

With the first shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine expected to arrive in our state shortly, two announcements from the Connecticut State Health Department today. The first affirming the EMS responders are considered priority 1A in receiving the vaccine. The second empowering paramedics and EMTs with training in IM administration (epinephrine) to be able to administer […]

Refresh2021-Free EMT/Paramedic Refresher

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How would you like to have a FREE on-line NREMT-Paramedic and EMT refresher (good for 30 hours), available to you ON DEMAND?  CAPCE Approved. Thanks to Tom Bouthillet (of EMS 12-Lead fame) and his assembled crew of top educators in the country, it is becoming a reality starting on December 15. The course is presented […]

COVID and Harm Reduction

Just Say No didn’t work for the War on Drugs and it doesn’t seem to be working for COVID messaging.  Maybe it is time for a harm reduction approach.  This according to a thought-provoking article in the LA Times today. Many aren’t buying public officials’ ‘stay-at-home’ message. Experts say there’s a better way “Harm reduction […]


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I had my third COVID test of this pandemic today.  It was part of the hospital survey of asymptomatic clinical employees to gauge the prevalence of COVID.  Last time I did this they went medieval on my nose and brain, shoving that swab all the way down and scrapping.  Ohh, it was unpleasant. Today, was […]

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