COVID ACT NOW- Infection Rates

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A friend of mine just told me about a COVID-19 tracking site that he checks daily.  There are so many COVID tracking sites out there, but this one is unique in that it tracks the infection rate. COVID ACT NOW The infection rate is critical because as long as it is below 1, meaning each […]

EMS Books

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Worried about COVID-19?  Stay at home, read a book. Jim Bollenbacher’s new book, Molly, Mushrooms and Mayhem which I recently reviewed,  is now available on Amazon. While you are at it, here are some other great EMS books to check out. Lights and Sirens: The Education of a Paramedic by Kevin Grange published by Berkley. […]

A Long Time

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Prepare yourself.  COVID may be with us for a long time.  Think of it like its cousin, the common cold.  No vaccine for the common cold has ever been found despite its longstanding menace to the people of this earth.  True, many of the world’s brightest scientific minds and billions of dollars are at work […]

Superspreaders

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Recently in the New York Times there was article that suggested “Most People with Coronavirus Won’t Spread it. Why Do a Few Infect Many?“ Covid, it seems, is like a forest fire that can simmer and then sudden flash over.  While many diseases have a steady rate of infection (each person passes it on to […]

More Opioid Deaths?

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Is the COVID epidemic causing increased opioid overdose deaths? No one knows for certain, but the head of the White House Office of Drug Policy is speculating that it has, citing increased death statistics from a few states such as Kentucky. Pandemic unleashes a spike in overdose deaths Here in Connecticut we won’t have an […]

Forced Sedation

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Interesting article on NBC news about the use of ketamine for sedating patients in police custody.  Elijah McClain was injected with ketamine while handcuffed.  Some medical experts worry about its use during police calls. The reporter centers the story around the tragic case of Elijah McClain, who was apparently walking down the street, wearing a […]

Golden Hour of Trauma

R. Adams Cowley, the founder of Maryland’s well-known Shock Trauma hospital in downtown Baltimore, famously said: “There is a golden hour between life and death. If you are critically injured you have less than 60 minutes to survive. You might not die right then; it may be three days or two weeks later — but […]

Yet to Come

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My daughter had her first softball game of the summer yesterday. It was the first time she wore a uniform since her basketball team’s playoff run was stopped in March with the first Corona cancellations.  Last night they got mercied 17-5 but it was a beautiful night and she got two hits. They were supposed […]

Covid-19 and Race

Nationwide, blacks make up 13% of the population and account for 23% of the deaths.  According to the COVID Tracking Project, through today 25,932 black lives have been lost to COVID-19.  The project says “black people are dying at a rate more than 1.5 times higher than their population share.” The COVID Racial Data Tracker […]

Penetrating Trauma

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With the onset of summer, one of our more long standing epidemics is raising its head and demanding it not be forgotten In the north end of Hartford that means penetrating trauma — the knife and gun club.  In my earlier years in the city, I often worked nights when the trauma numbers were highest,  […]

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