Do You Think Your Heart is Healthy?

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Check out this NPR radio podcast: Do You Think Your Heart is Healthy? I was fortunate enough to be asked to be one of three guests on the Colin McEnroe Show this week. I was on to talk about what people can do during a cardiac emergency from a paramedic’s perspective. Thanks to Colin and […]

Drug Addicts

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The heroin epidemic is getting a lot of play in Connecticut. In 2015, according to the latest numbers there were 415 heroin deaths in the state, triple the number three years ago. There is a bill in the legislature to require all first responding agencies in the state to carry naloxone. Here’s a news article […]


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An excerpt from Diamond in the Rough, the manuscript of an EMT’s wayward journey in EMS. In this chapter, Tim Anderson revisits a scene. *** The worst thing I saw was called anthropophagi. You can look it up in the dictionary, or wait a moment and figure it out for yourself from what I will […]

Suffering in the World

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We are sent to a detox center for a diabetic. We find a sixty-year old Puerto Rican with a blood sugar over 600, although he has no complaint. He has come to the center to kick his heroin habit. But first now he will have to go to the ER to get his sugar under […]

Temptation to Steal

The folks over at have posted an excerpt from my new novel, Diamond in the Rough. In the excerpt, the narrator, a young EMT, realizes how easy it would be to steal money from a deceased patient, but his conscience gets the better of him — at least for now. Temptation to Steal Check […]


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A Massachusetts firefighter this week went on a Facebook rant about heroin addicts. Massachusetts Firefighter Criticizes Narcan Use and Addicts His viewpoint, while certainly not representative of EMS, is not an isolated one. I have heard these sentiments expressed ever since I started in EMS. I have heard them from police, fire and EMS. Not […]

Opiates for Chronic Pain

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Should paramedics give opiates to patients with chronic pain? I want the answer to this question. Now, until recently I have not questioned this practice. Today, I still medicate (well, most*) patients with chronic pain of 4 or more, who do not have contraindications, and who say yes when I ask them if they want […]

If I Were Going to EMS Today 2016

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If I were going to EMS Today 2016 in Baltimore (February 25-27), I would definitely attend these sessions.* If I could clone myself I would go to every session. But until that technology is available, I have two criteria to help me decide: 1). Will the information make me a better provider when I get […]

Little Things

The other day I wrote a post called “Burnout” that was a scathing critique of the working conditions of urban EMS. I sent it to a friend to read before I posted it, and he called me up, and said “Dude, you are crispy.” I ended up not hitting Publish, even though I really wanted […]


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Here’s the prologue to my new novel, Diamond in the Rough: Prologue The woman wanted me to read her dead son’s manuscript. She found me as I played with my young daughter in a park near my home. (I had not returned her emails). The woman said her son had worked with me as an […]

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