March 2010 Blog Posts (28)

death certificate

hello everybody, i have a question to ask what is the best things to do when there is no call during the shift? and can anyone share with me what the important things to include in a death certificate?

Added by eng soon on March 31, 2010 at 3:00am — No Comments


What is a partner? Is it just someone that happens to sit next to you when your on shift? Or is it something more?

I have worked with a lot of different people, but very few do I call “partner”. To me a partner is someone who at times is a “Part” of you. Who you are comfortable with, who in a strange way is familiar to

you. The kind of partner that gets your jokes, and who gets you.

Someone who you can talk…


Added by Jeremiah Bush on March 28, 2010 at 8:38pm — No Comments

Celebrity Medics

I recently started a new weekly column on my blog called "Celebrity Medics". Each week I pick a new character, fictional or real, and discuss what kind of paramedic they would be. Recent celebrity medics include Batman, Chuck Norris and Barack Obama. Stop by the blog every week to see who the next celebrity medic is going to to be!…

Added by Sean Eddy on March 28, 2010 at 12:30am — No Comments

EMS Law in the Philippines ....Soon a reality

After 12 years of waiting, the Emergency Medical Service Law will be

soon a reality. As I look around yesterday on the net. I've stumble upon

some links from our Congress that they have published a third and final

reading of this new law, with it some news releases links I've found.

Finally! As a country more prone to natural disaster like recently the

"big flood" because of typhoon Ketsana last September last year, and a

new threat - terrorism. It's about time to… Continue

Added by Michael Vito on March 23, 2010 at 10:56pm — 3 Comments

Maybe A Little Crazy

For some time now, I have exhibited some rather odd behaviors. This has lead me to consider the possibility that I may be a little bit crazy.

Some examples of my possible craziness include:

I guess elderly peoples medical history while in line at the grocery store.

I look at strangers necks, arms and hands and get a happy feeling when they have “good…


Added by Jeremiah Bush on March 23, 2010 at 3:30pm — No Comments

EMS Documentation

I am looking for resources to help develop policy as it concerns documentation for increased Medicare and insurance documentation.

Any links, resources, developed policies would be greatly appreciated.


Added by Brent Van Scoy on March 21, 2010 at 12:50pm — 1 Comment

Don’t Just Do Something, Stand There!

Being a passionate provider, as I’m sure many of you are as well. We
are drawn to this line of work because of a sometimes overpowering
drive to do the best and the most we can for others. There are however
times when doing the best for our patients means doing nothing. READ MORE HERE

Added by Jeremiah Bush on March 20, 2010 at 6:22pm — No Comments

Live Interactive Online Paramedic Program

Hello Everyone,
There is a new Live Interactive Online Paramedic Program that is now accepting applicatons for the May 24th 2010 start. This program is sponsored by the University of Texas and 33 college credits will be awarded for the completion of the program…


Added by Brad Newbury on March 20, 2010 at 12:44am — No Comments

With Tremendous Sadness

It is with great sadness I report that Darryl Coontz, our last knowledgeable manager of EMS (former interim CEO until Smokey Dyer the Fire Chief was made CEO) will be resigning on April 25th, the day of the merger of the great company, MAST Ambulance, with the nearly bankrupt city of Kansas City, MO. The decision was made to make us a Bureau of the KCFD. Rumor has it that a Deputy Chief who is a very intelligent man and has vast knowledge of HAZMAT will be taking the position of Deputy Chief of… Continue

Added by Lesa G on March 19, 2010 at 10:54am — No Comments

specs of squad 51

somebody please send specs of the unit of squad 51 on tv EMAIL to

rt/RESCUE 540 WPIN412

Added by RESCUE 540 WPIN412 on March 17, 2010 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Forms of Appreciation

I am interested in hearing how you like to be recognized by your local service for your years of committment, service and performance.

Added by Aimee Binning on March 17, 2010 at 12:04pm — 1 Comment

looking for different star of life symbols

i am looking for different pictures of star of life symbols and rescue squads like l.a. county squad51 and pictures of neet medical emblems rings and any other cool pictures you think i would like please e mail them to thank you

rick tucker/RESCUE 540 WPIN412 (RICK TUCKER)

Added by RESCUE 540 WPIN412 on March 17, 2010 at 12:00am — No Comments

Great stories about our "first" times

After reading Jeramedic's Blog Post, I was inspired to tell my story about my first field save. It really makes us realize why we do this job. I would encourage everyone to read our stories and tell us about your "first time".… Continue

Added by Sean Eddy on March 13, 2010 at 12:06pm — No Comments

My First Time

It was late morning on a weekday in August, and It was my second shift

with my new partner Bobby. The day was going rather slow, and we had

only had one call so far. It wasn’t very serious, and after we cleared

the hospital we were sent to post at Lucy’s panadería. The assignment

was not for any pastry purposes but rather district coverage. Lucy’s

was the half way point between our response area, and that of our

sister station to the north. When ever coverage got… Continue

Added by Jeremiah Bush on March 13, 2010 at 6:52am — No Comments

Who Is My Patient?

Recently my partner and I were dispatched to a nursing facility for a possible stroke. Being a private ambulance service, we hesitated hitting the lights and sirens...not because we're not a 911 department, but because facilities tend to call us for such situations up to 24 hours after initial onset of symptoms. We decided to err on the patient's side and we expedited our response. Unfortunately, we learned when we arrived that although the family had… Continue

Added by Dina Scharnhorst on March 9, 2010 at 7:51pm — 1 Comment

Two Services Team Up to Win JEMS Games

The winners of this year's JEMS Games clinical competition, Cumberland County EMS/Duplin County. They are, from left, Larry Smith, coach Dave Cuddeback, Brian Pearce and Lee Westbrook. (Photo Glen Ellman/EMS Today)…


Added by Jennifer Berry on March 6, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments

'I Don't Think You're Good Enough'

That’s what Corey Slovis, MD, FACP, FACEP, and JEMS editorial board member told his “EMS Diagnosis and Treatment of AMI” audience Thursday in regards to reading 12-lead ECGs to catch acute myocardial infarction. Now, before you get mad, as Slovis cautioned many times throughout the talk, the same goes for most ED nurses and doctors. Divide and conquer is his advice for those up to the challenge of improving on this skill. He suggests comparing certain lead combinations in certain orders to… Continue

Added by Lauren Coartney on March 6, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Thoughts from the Eagles

With the ability to impact the care provided to more than 80 million people, it’s irrefutable that people listen when the “Eagles” speak. So, I was thrilled to learn that I could attend their session. The U.S. Metropolitan Municipalities EMS Medical Directors (aka, the Eagles) decided to present a vignette of seven or eight topics they recently covered at the…


Added by Lauren Hardcastle on March 6, 2010 at 12:47pm — No Comments

JEMS Games 2010 Final Scenario Photos!

Check out these pictures taken by EMS Today show photographer Glen

Ellman. The final scenario, which was this past Friday night in one of the ballrooms of the Baltimore Convention Center, was very timely. It was a bus crash with nine patients, one of whom was entrapped the entire time. The audience, three final teams and fourth-place run through team all watched video from that morning's bus accident in Maricopa County, Ariz. The teams then managed the chaotic scene for 20… Continue

Added by Jennifer Berry on March 6, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments

The Disagreeable Absence of a Free Lunch

While doing a project for a large county on the west coast a few years ago, I was told my job was to solicit input from all the stakeholders and design an EMS system the incorporated everybody’s wants. “After all,” the elected officials said, “it’ll just go on the ambulance bill, and everybody wins.” Despite my objections, I went forth and undertook the task, put the system together and readied myself for my presentation to the Board.

“Congratulations,” I muttered, “based on your… Continue

Added by Chris Carlson, PhD on March 5, 2010 at 2:57pm — No Comments

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