Risk Assessment

Position yourself to avoid catastrophe.

Another Nail in the Board

This is a huge change for EMS, but we should all welcome it. Spinal immobilization was a concept instituted in the belief that it might prevent rare spinal injuries from growing worse. There was never any solid evidence to support it, and now more and more evidence is piling up that the practice is not only uncomfortable for patients, but harmful.

Far From the Tree

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As a reader, I could not put the book down. It gave me great empathy and made me appreciate that we are not all the same tree in the forest, and that as a society we are likely better off for our diversity. It certainly gave me a window into the world of transgenders, schizophrenics, autistics, and many of the other types of patients we encounter, as well as their families.

New Tricks for an Old Dog

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I find for guideline change I have to go through a transition of retraining my call memory to adapt to the changes. I know other medics have a similar problem.

Pay Attention to aVR

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Patients presenting with possible ACS who have ST elevation in AVR should be treated very seriously.

First Night

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Brothers and sisters, carry those lights in your heart, and spread their warmth into every house you enter, every patient you comfort, every life you touch.

Hands On Defibrillation

Is hands on defibrillation safe? Or will we all end up with curly hair?

Bid Shift

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We had our first bid shift in several years recently. For me, it presented a dilemma. Continue working in the city or go to the suburbs in a fly car.

Grandmothers

Our stretcher rolls past in the hallway. Each door is open. The story on every channel.

Paramedic Guidelines

It is thrilling to see a group of doctors and paramedics get together, review the medical literature and make changes based on the best interests of their patients.

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