Harm Reduction

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Connecticut’s harm reduction workers are out on the street everyday trying to make the world safer for those caught in substance use.  This is particularly important in this time of COVID-19.  I am often questioned whether or not harm reduction – syringe services, community naloxone, overdose prevention sites, drop-in centers– are not just enabling users. […]

Kevin Andrews

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With all that is going on these days, I thought of Kevin Andrews, one of my first partners in EMS. I first posted this in January of 2011. *** In EMS, we cannot help but be shaped by our earliest partners. They are the ones who show us the way. I was lucky in that […]

Unify!

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My old boss, Lowell Weicker, former US Senator and Governor of Connecticut, when questioned about Congress being corrupt,  used to say that Congress was representative of our democracy.  If there were bad apples in Congress, they were likely the same portion of bad apples in every other profession and in the country as a whole. […]

White Privilege

I don’t like the term “white privilege”, although I agree with what it tries to describe –that most white people have a systemic advantage over black people.  The term “white privilege” is poorly chosen and makes me defensive, and more importantly it makes other white people who may not have stopped to reflect on the […]

Worry

Hospitalizations in Connecticut continue to drop.  Only 246 people with COVID remained hospitalized.  And again only two percent of those tested for COVID tested positive. COVID-19 Update June 11, 2020 Next Monday phase two of the state’s reopening will kick off, including gyms, pools, youth sports, and tattoo studios. But today, I am worried.  As […]

Preparing for the Next Wave

I read a great article about how to improve our response to COVID-19 when the second wave arrives (as most people believe it will) in the fall or sooner if social distancing and state reopenings fail. How the world can avoid screwing up the response to Covid-19 again I would like to add how EMS […]

ASAP

I was at a meeting where in the closing minutes the question was raised about EMS testing for COVID-19.  A person wanted to know if EMS services were going to be required to get their employees tested for COVID-19.  And if they did, was there a recommended manner of getting them tested?  And what should […]

Need to See the Data

I follow the COVID epidemic as closely as I can.  The longer the epidemic goes on, the more we learn, but at times we head down roads that are dead ends.  Great news one day can be debunked the next. Recently I reported on an article in the Annals of Medicine that posits that 40% to […]

A Complaint

I was accused of being racist.  This was about fifteen years ago.  At the time my main assignment was working as a contract paramedic for a volunteer service in Bloomfield, a volunteer town to the north of Hartford that like Hartford had a predominantly black population.  I was working that day with a black partner/friend […]

New Normal

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Yesterday I gowned up for the first time in two weeks.  The patient was from an assisted living complex and had body aches and shortness of breath.  He denied a fever or cough, and while he said he had no COVID contacts, we were aware of several cases of COVID in his same rather large […]

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