So yesterday I was sitting at home, playing with my computer when the pager went off with both fire and EMS tones. "Fire department is requested on the interstate, south-bound at Exit 100, for the rollover accident, multiple victims, report of ejection."
In our paid-on-call volunteer department, that's going to be an all-call where everyone available is expected to respond. I called in, and threw on my coat. I listened to the radio to determine who was responding so I would…Continue
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Last week, I responded as a paramedic intercept to a motorcycle versus car. The rider skidded along the pavement a distance of 84 feet (so the investigators say) before coming to a sudden violent stop by t-boning the car that had pulled out in front of him.
I exited my intercept vehicle, grabbed my ALS bag, and walked toward the crumpled motorcycle next to a crumpled patient. He was surrounded by firefighters and EMTs. I looked at the rider's face and could see he was…Continue
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It's Saturday morning in a suburb of Milwaukee, population about 11,000, and I'm listening to our ambulance respond for the second time this morning to our neighbor jurisdiction for an EMS call. They--apparently--have not one EMT available to respond to this call, not even as a first responder while they wait for our ambulance to arrive. This also means that anyone in our own town needing an ambulance will be waiting longer because our ambulance, the ambulance they pay for with their tax…Continue
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I am living proof of this, brothers and sisters! I've said for years that there's nothing special about me - so I can draw, a lot of people can draw - but I gave myself and my talent to serving others and together some amazing things have happened.
Like the biblical lesson teaches, "Give and thou…
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Several months ago I responded as a paramedic intercept to a rollover accident with entrapment requiring extrication. The responding EMS agency was AEMT level, and I was dispatched automatically based on the rollover element of the call.
I arrived on scene relatively quickly, and found the fire department and EMS working quickly to extricate the patient. Standing at the head of the vehicle was an emergency room physician who I knew well, and who was the medical director of…Continue
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How impressive is your leadership?
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Added by Paul Combs on July 22, 2016 at 9:55am — No Comments
Make everything you do an opportunity. May no career be a dead end, may no class be a waste of time. Every path you choose leads to hundreds more, if not it is your duty to forge them. Every failure must be a gain in some way, big or small it does not matter, but you must move forward it is your incumbency to yourself.
You must embrace failure as you…Continue
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One must think of their career in EMS (and in life) in distance traveled. The goal is to travel as far as possible. Any movement counts as distance traveled, including places you've already been, because some on the most important lessons in life are the ones we learn over and over again. The worst thing you can do in your career (and life), is not gain distance, to stagnate. Every day you must increase yourself in order to gain. Some days you will travel miles, other days inches. Remember,…Continue
Added by Jared Vickers on June 8, 2016 at 10:33pm — No Comments
EMS “Prevention” Week
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I am writing to you to offer a proposal to amend…Continue
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Ah, yes, the keyboard know-it-alls are out in force these days with timely social media advice and suggestions about topics they may know very little about. Be skeptical of where you get your EMS news, training, tactics, and opinions from – trust, but always verify.
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