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Intranasal Narcan for All

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I was on Park Street last week headed into El Mercado to get some pernil (roast pork), yucca and tostones for lunch when a gentleman came up to me and showed me his overdose kit.  He said he’d gotten it at the local needle exchange program.  He said he had already used it once when one […]

The Jug

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There is a clear plastic jug — actually it is an empty water cooler bottle — that several times a year gets put on the table by the check-in window in operations. A handwritten note is attached asking for donations to help a fellow employee in need. A lot of money has gone into the […]

The Ideal Medic

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I have been a full-time paramedic for over twenty years and a part-time hospital EMS coordinator for over six years. Over the years my ideas of who the best paramedic is have changed markedly. I used to think the best paramedic was the one with the swagger, the one without fear, who never hesitated to […]

AHA 2015 Guidelines- Guest Post

Hi- I don’t have guest posts as a matter of course, but Andrew Randazzo,a paramedic from Knoxville, Tennesse offered to do one on the updates to the 2015 AHA guidelines, which we are all anxious to learn about, so I happily agreed. Take it away, Andrew *** Back in January, Peter highlighted some of the […]

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 […]

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. […]

Thoughts on Ebola

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Working at the hospital and on the ambulance, it has been heavy duty Ebola lately. Memos, flyers, posters, policies, and lots of questions. I have written power points, given talks and had many conversations on Ebola. Every day I read the CDC site for updates, which are numerous. I have even, along with two of […]

STEMI Call

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Years ago my favorite calls were the traumas– the shootings, stabbings, high-speed MVAs. You were on the clock and there was a task list. You had to c-spine immobilize the patient, get their vitals, put in two large bore IVs, open up the fluids wide, and do it all on the go, as well as […]

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