The 6 R's – Right Dose

Sometimes we get caught up in the chaos, the uncontrolled environment we work in and use it as an excuse, forgetting that it is our job to bring order to that chaos, and our job to try to practice always to the highest standards.

The 6 Rs – The Right Drug

“Is this drug the right drug?” “Is it necessary?” “Am I sure?” Simple, but essential questions.

Blog Roll

My apologies to everyone on my blogroll. I have discovered that the links have been inactive for some time. I will be working on it and hope to have it corrected sometime this week.

EMS Errors and Patient Safety

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Sit around a table after work drinking beers with your coworkers and listen to the tales. It is the Wild West. Sure there are many medics – the majority, I believe — who do heroic deeds and provide professional care, but there are some other tales out there that would make shocking stories on 60 Minutes.

Insufficient Evidence

While we are all always looking for the latest magic bullet, we do want our medicine to be evidenced-based, and we have to recognize that approach is not always compatible with instant gratification.

Your First Day

This may be your first time in an ambulance or maybe you worked ten years for a service in another state. You might be nervous or you could have so much confidence you had trouble fitting your head through the doorway. No matter who you are, this is my advice:

Why I Haven’t Been Blogging II

I have been searching to rediscover myself as a blogger. I have some germinating ideas, and once I decide on a new path I hope to be more prolific in the future.

Astray

What I initially loved about being in EMS (particularly coming from a job in government/politics) is that in EMS, we are the clear cut good guys, or at least we are supposed to be. People are in need, they call us for help, and we do the best we can for them. But as the years have past, I am coming to fear that we are not always doing the best for the public, and that in many cases, we are showing them our less munificent side.

Routine

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Once again routine earns its pay.

Quiet

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The floor is freshly shined. The rooms are all empty of patients. Two nurses stand watching the TV that hangs from the cieling. They are silent.

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