The Finger

I have been injured seriously enough to miss work twice in the last two decades.  Neither time was I injured on the job.  The first injury was playing softball on our ambulance team (back when we had one). I went from first to third on a single, and as the third base coach signaled me to […]

Assembly Line

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Many years ago, I worked on assembly lines in factories.  I put together and or packaged everything from Christmas Tree stands and door knobs to fast food store deli sandwiches and grocery store beef ribs. The key to the assembly line was to go a little bit faster than you were comfortable going.  You had […]

Patient Follow-up

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One of the greatest shames in EMS is that we so often never find out what the real deal was with our patients. 17 year old boy whose parents swear he never does drugs (but did go to a concert last night) is found in his room the next day talking gibberish, reaching for objects […]

Paramedic Students

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I remember when I was an EMT student doing my hospital observation time and watching the paramedics come into the hospital with their patients.  How confident they seemed.  I marveled at the ease with which they moved through this strange new world.  I held them in awe as I did the paramedics I later rode […]

Lights and Sirens

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  Kevin Grange’s new memoir is now out. Lights and Sirens is an authentic, compelling narrative of Grange’s journey through UCLA paramedic school and field internship on Los Angeles’s dangerous streets as he trains to save the lives of victims of heart attack, stroke and trauma. Grange is an excellent writer who does a great service […]

Mirrors

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In the late 1970s and 1980s, the G——Motor Lodge out on the Turnpike was the place to take your girl for a swinging good time.  Mirrored ceilings and heart shaped Love-Tubs.    The brochure featured a hairy-chested mustachioed man in a velvet bathroom holding a bottle of champagne in one hand and a filled glass of […]

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 […]

ECG Quiz

I found a great (And Free!) new web site for practicing ECG interpretation. ECG Quiz Check it out!

Intranasal Medication

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One of the best innovations in EMS in recent years has been the introduction of intranasal medication through the use of an atomizer.  We currently carry three drugs that we can use intranasally.  These are Narcan, Fentanyl and Versed. After several years of experience now with all of these drugs through the intranasal route, here […]

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 […]

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