Featured Blog Posts – May 2010 Archive (7)

Tearing me apart

A year ago I became a supervisor and my world turned upside down. I was moved to the night shift, and found out my wife was pregnant. I took on the role and responsibilities very seriously with my new assignment. It wasn't until four months later that I realized how things had changed. I went from being a friend of all employees the one who anyone could come and talk to, becoming the black sheep of sorts. I worked as the partner of several Supervisors, which lead to the ground work of my… Continue

Added by Paul C. Bahnuk on May 30, 2010 at 4:24am — 2 Comments

Sometimes it's real

Stay in this business long enough, and it'll happen to you. Stay in even longer, and it happens a lot. Stay in even longer, and you'll have used the phrase "are you (explicative deleted) kidding me? Just stay in until you see the judge".

That's right boys and girls, I'm talking about "incarceritis". For those unfamiliar with incarceritis, it is a condition caused by being tossed into the hoosegow. Signs and symptoms usually include chest pain, "walking seizures" and/or having "the…

Added by John Gaines on May 26, 2010 at 4:38pm — 1 Comment

It's EMS Week and I've been thinking...

We are part of the greatest profession in the world.

Everyday we have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our patients and their families.

Sometimes in the grind of 24 hour shifts, those opportunities are easy to forget.

I just want to take a minute and thank all my Brothers and Sisters in EMS for all that they do for our patients, their families and…


Added by Fossil Paramedic on May 21, 2010 at 1:51pm — No Comments

Directions from the Lady on a Horse

Now as stories go, this is by far the oddest one I have (to date)

It was a late summers day, I was sitting at our East posting location enjoying the nice weather and the Park walkers when we got a Poll for a call. Responding down the highway me and my partner joked about what fun we could have in this distant village of our county. 28 miles to travel just to reach the village's limits you have plenty of time to talk and joke even reminisce about the time we blew out a tire on the highway… Continue

Added by Paul C. Bahnuk on May 11, 2010 at 8:02am — No Comments

The National EMS Memorial Bike Ride begins this week

During EMS week we will be honoring and celebrating the lives of our LODD on bicycles covering 600 miles across some of the most beautiful parts of the country. Please keep the riders and support staff in your thoughts and prayers. The Muddy Angels will be posting blogs on Jems Connect. For more information, please visit our site at www.muddyangels.org. Be safe everyone - always

Added by Steve Berry on May 10, 2010 at 11:11pm — No Comments

Dextrocardia - pre-hospital treatment and recognition

Dextrocardia is a condition where the heart is located on the right side of the body, as opposed to the left. It is a result of a birth-defect found in 1 out of every 100 people. The defect typically causes no symptoms and for the most part, causes no problems for the individual. Diagnosis is done with either a chest x-ray or 12-lead ECG. Knowing that your patient has this condition can alleviate a lot of headaches both in the pre-hospital setting and in the ER.

Did you…

Added by Sean Eddy on May 9, 2010 at 4:15pm — 1 Comment

Looking For Trouble: part 1

What do you think one the most important skills a EMT or Paramedic

can have? is it good IV skills? Maybe good airway management? Or how

about a friendly bed side manor? theses are all without argument very

important skills to have, but what about assessment skills?

It is the first treatment every one of our patients receive, and one that should be continued until care is transferred. It is the one skill that no matter what the chief complaint, is always preformed……


Added by Jeremiah Bush on May 2, 2010 at 12:25pm — No Comments

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