How to Make Up The Stretcher

Okay, new partner, here’s how I like my stretcher made up…

2010: A Year in Paramedicine

Every medic’s experience is going to be different based on the type of service they operate in, their medical control, the hours they work and the population served. Here then are my 2010 stats.

Death in the ICU

Our primary job is saving lives, but we are also here to provide hope and comfort, and to be present to act in time of need. Showing a family that help was there, that everything possible was done, and then giving them time to gather and say goodbye to a loved one is something to be proud of. It is hard to measure its worth.

Kevin Andrews

Kevin shaped me as a caregiver and as a person. He helped make me who I am today. If I am gentle toward a patient, than Kevin’s spirit is in me, Kevin’s hands are in my own.

An ED Visit

I think when it comes down to it, parents are more concerned with their children’s immediate health than with looking stupid for using the health care system inappropriately. At least that’s the way I leaned when it was decision time. I need to remember that when I’m the one wearing the stethoscope.

My Hollywood Adventure

I drive to work through the darkness, thinking I should be in Hollywood, cruising the Boulevard in one of those bouncy Cadillacs with “Dr. Dre’s “Let Me Ride” blaring from the radio, a backseat full of MTV dancers.

Second District

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It is interesting seeing the streets you spent so many years working on the subject of film. Hartford is a small city, but like its sister cities New Haven and Bridgeport, it has always had one of the highest murder and poverty rates in the nation.

A Happy Pill

I wish there was a happy pill I could take. Or better yet, since I am all into good health and clean living, I wish there was a happy pill I could give my partners.

The 6 Rs – Right Patient

Of the 6 R’s EMS personnel may think the Right Patient doesn’t apply to us….Let me tell you about a call.

Clean Well-Lit Rooms

I wonder what it would be like – for each 911 call – to arrive always at a clean exam room full of soft white light where your patient has been bathed and dressed in a hospital gown and lays or sits on an exam table, awaiting you.

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