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Vaccinator

Connecticut has approved paramedics to administer COVID-19 vaccines.  They have also approved any EMT who has been trained in IM injection as part of the state’s epinephrine program.  Nurses are also able to administer the vaccine.  Paramedics and EMTs, however have to complete a state-approved training course in order to administer the vaccine, while nurses […]

The Door

When I am in the rapid response paramedic fly car, I usually always arrive on scene, before the fire department, before the police, before the ambulance. (Unless, I am requested to stage for a violent psych or an assault if the assailant is still believed to be on scene). I carry with me my paramedic […]

Severe Outbreak Again?

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Connecticut is back in a severe outbreak according to COVID ACT Now. The upgrade seems to be largely based on the daily new cases per 100K population.  For me, I think the daily hospitalizations is a far better measure of the state of the epidemic.  Source: University of Minnesota COVID-19 Hospitalization Tracking The cases chart shows […]

The Future of EMS Education

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EMS continuing education has been changed forever over the course of the last year.  At UConn John Dempsey Hospital where I am the EMS coordinator, we hold EMS CMES monthly.  For years we held them in person.  Over the years we bounced around from venue to the next dealing with issues like parking (for attendees […]

2nd Dose

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My first Pfizer shot was great.  Didn’t even feel the needle go in.  No side effects.  Shoveled my driveway the next day with no fatigue.  Yesterday at 10:30 A.M., I had my second shot.  Went to bed at 9:30 P.M. feeling fine.  Woke up at 11:00 P.M. feverish, chills, body aches, joint aches, bone aches, […]

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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