July 2009 Blog Posts (16)

911 operators and dispatchers

I would and Have told them "please tell me Everything". While the caller saying "there is a pile of green rocks at the end of the driveway" may not mean anything to dispatch it means a great deal to us. Being a rural community where addresses are few and far between we have taken to "marking" the territory to identify places, especially places where we have people with medical problems. We have a number of driveways marked with colored rocks, houses painted special colors, etc for quick… Continue

Added by Donal W. Kirchberg on July 31, 2009 at 7:44pm — 1 Comment

With All Due Respect

Greetings from Steve Cohen. This is my maiden voyage into the world of blog. If I stray from the path of correctness or overstep my bounds, please let me know. I will thank you and I will recalibrate.

Very briefly, I own, with my brother and nephew, a mail order/internet driven manufacturing direct dress uniform business, the Lighthouse Uniform Company. We are based in Seattle, WA.

Our relationship to the EMS Community began a number of years ago with Jim Allen, John… Continue

Added by Steve Cohen on July 31, 2009 at 2:21pm — 5 Comments

Somethings I think I think (Another version)

Many years ago, one of my favorite newspaper columnists was a gentleman named Phil Musick. Occassionally, he would write an article titled the same way as I did mine today. I enjoyed most of those articles. Here's a version of mine.

Somethings I think I think.......

You may know this already, but, there is no respect for anyone or anything anymore.

Life is too short. Believe what they say and value everyday as if it was your last.

As we get older, our… Continue

Added by Andy Marsh on July 26, 2009 at 1:41am — No Comments

A medevac story from the Internet

Maryland to Revise Medevac Guidelines

Doctor's OK to be required before some chopper flights

The Baltimore Sun

In a move that could reduce the number of medevac flights in Maryland, state emergency medical officials announced yesterday that ambulance teams will be required to consult with doctors before deciding whether flying some accident victims to a trauma center is better than driving them to a local hospital.

The change, in response to a deadly helicopter… Continue

Added by Stephen Smith on July 24, 2009 at 10:18pm — No Comments

Emergency Personnel that are Disabled!

There are many people in the world today that want to be involved in the emergency services field but they have a disability of some sort. Please don't give up on your dream of helping out in the emergency field even though you may be disabled. There is always something out there for you to do in the emergency field if that is the field that you have chosen to enter for a career. I am physically disabled and I have always thought that there is nothing out there for me to do that is related to… Continue

Added by Stephen Smith on July 24, 2009 at 10:14pm — 1 Comment

Dangers of Budget Cuts to Citizens and Responders

Are you lying awake nights wondering how your department is going to stretch the budget? When I wrote for Emergency magazine (published in Redondo Beach, California) several years ago, I would have new EMTs chase after me once I was out of earshot of the higher-ups. They'd say in whispered tones near my car in the parking lot, "Mrs. Hopson, can you write something about the wheels falling off our ambulances? Money is so tight, they're not getting serviced. We're afraid to run one more call with… Continue

Added by Judi Light Hopson on July 21, 2009 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Manual vs automatic blood pressures

So, the great debate continues on taking blood pressures. Do you initally take a manual blood pressure, to establish a baseline,or do you take one with the cardiac monitor. This would give you a trend to follow. NOW, if your first pressure is manual, then the rest are done by the one on the monitor, you loose your continuity. Right?? In theory, ANY cuff, manual or ones attached to cardiac monitors should give you the same readings?? I want to hear from everyone, and your… Continue

Added by Don Johns on July 19, 2009 at 4:27pm — 5 Comments

Calder EMS "Racing into the Future"

The crew at Calder EMS is working on changing a few things. New training and equipment is soon to hit the shelves of our small department. In these hard times its hard to find the funds. Do you guys think the government should assist small departments like Calder EMS with tax breaks on supplies and fuel. Even though Calder EMS is owned by a private company does not mean its getting the equipment needed to perform at its max.

Added by Cristofer Joan Gutierrez on July 18, 2009 at 11:29pm — 3 Comments


Does anyone where in N.J. there is a Tactical medical class.

Added by JIM on July 18, 2009 at 7:39pm — No Comments


I hate the heat I would rather be cold then hot

Added by kari kotara on July 14, 2009 at 1:25pm — No Comments

Got an Opinion about CDC’s Field Triage Guidelines?

As with all guidelines, the Field Triage Guidelines need to be updated. Just like CDC revises immunization guidelines, we anticipate we'll be updating these guidelines in a few years. Or even sooner if there's compelling evidence we need to change them in the best interest of our patients.

So, I would like to also hear your reactions—positive, neutral, or negative—to the actual criteria. How does it, or will it, impact what you do… Continue

Added by Rick Hunt, MD, FACEP on July 13, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Is Fear a Gift?

A documentary about facial trauma is on, and I'm entranced. Mouth open and brow pinched, I follow the reenactment of a young woman's hair being tangled in machinery. Her childhood braid pulls her face and scalp clean off, and surgeons reattach it, with little scarring evident years later. Then there's a man who receives a transplant of someone else's face, and I sadly predict the donor's daughter won't recognize her father on a new set of bones. But what if she does?

I could watch… Continue

Added by Lisa Bell on July 12, 2009 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

Oklahoma Highway Patrol vs Ambulance crew

I am putting on a legal CE class Saturday. Does anyone have a copy of the complete video? Like to show it on a DVD but could show it as a computer file? Help!!! Thanks. EMS4SOS@aol.com Fred Miller

Added by Fred A. Miller on July 9, 2009 at 9:48pm — 3 Comments

JEMS.com Back to the Basics

Hello all,

I am starting this blog as a place to post questions and comments about my column on JEMS.com. If you have questions or comments about the column, please post them here. I will blog right back. If you have ideas about future topics please let me know that as well. I hope to hear from you.

Be safe.....


Added by Dennis Edgerly on July 9, 2009 at 1:44am — 1 Comment

Directions from Cow Pie Junction to Podunk Point

FedEx driver stopped at my home, I was on the front steps. He must have figured, local fireman, I'll know where people live. So, he reads the address off to me; 1234 Anyway Lane, etc.. I was stumped. First, because new roads and drives pop up every week as a part of readdressing; and second we have no maps until the changes are complete.

Anyhoo.. I had the guy follow me to the post office, and we tried to get the post master (herein referred to as PM) to help out. I knew the name,… Continue

Added by Chris on July 7, 2009 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

The Truth about using Games as a Teaching Tool

Believe it or not, many instructors/managers do not see games as a serious teaching tool. It may be hard to admit, but, in some ways, they’re right! In most cases, their beliefs have been influenced by a variety of factors, the most common of which is their personal experience seeing how games are used in a classroom. To make matters worse, many instructors who use games are unknowingly reinforcing the negatives that so many have about using games.

In this article, I will show you… Continue

Added by John Dillon on July 6, 2009 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

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