Paramedicine 1995-1997

When asked by newer medics to talk about the city “back in the day,” my tales would always begin: “There I was in bullet proof vest, largynescope in one hand, narcan syringe in the other, two bags of fluid ready to run wide open, hanging from my teeth…” (For the record, I have never worn a bullet-proof vest).

2009: A Year of Paramedicine

I was able to go through the data bank for the full year 2009 and select out my calls to get some quantitative idea of what I do as a paramedic in a one year period.

IO on Living Person

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I have used the EZ-IO about eight or nine times, but always on cardiac arrests. We can use it on living patients in extremis, and while I know of medics who have done so, I have not encountered the situation yet, but this I am thinking may be that time.

The Handover – Holiday Edition

Check out the Handover – Holiday Edition at Ambulance Driver’s site.


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The woman, sitting on the couch, is pale and looks uncomfortable. Her pulse is very rapid. Too fast for me to count.

Winter's Fuel

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While I am not knocking the fact that today I am getting paid double time and a half holiday pay, I think you can make the arguement that our work in EMS is not the work of material advancement, but the work of mankind. There is a certain privledge in looking out over the community, in being its protector, particularly on Christmas Day.

Paramedic to Nurse Program

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If you are a paramedic, you are eligible to get a nursing degree from Excelsior College. You do not have to go to a physical class. You study on your own and take exams via computer when you are ready. There are no traditional clinicals.

You study on your own and take exams via computer at a Pearson testing center when you are ready. You pick the date and time from the many openings they have.

There are no clinicals.


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I did an interview with Greg Friese of Everyday EMS Tips as part of his EMS Author Chat series.


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The rumor that we use the cooler to keep beer in is simply not true. No EMS TV series will be based on our zany or depraved escapades as we are all too old or boring or busy doing the real work of EMS to think of such activity.

No Easy Trail

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I walk in alone. The leaves of late fall rest brittle on the ground. I have to watch my step on the uneven terrain. Bare branches pull at my pants and workshirt.

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