November 2009 Blog Posts (16)


Date line November 29, 2009

MSNBC report on the internet:

PARKLAND, Wash. - A gunman walked into a coffee shop and shot and killed four police officers Sunday morning in what sheriff's officials described as an "execution."

The officers were sitting in the cafe at a strip mall near the Tacoma suburb of Parkland with their laptop computers, preparing for their day shifts, when a man came in and opened fire, Pierce County… Continue

Added by Frederick Georges on November 29, 2009 at 10:14pm — 1 Comment

Is Finding Your Dream Job Making Your Brain Smoke?

Okay, we get it. Your dream is to work Emergency Medical Services. For as long as you can remember, EMS is where you wanted to be. EMS is your calling; it is your passion, your focus, your dream.

Sound familiar? You’re not alone.

Different people choose…


Added by Troy Shaffer on November 24, 2009 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments



Best Wishes

Added by Ezequiel Maestretti on November 22, 2009 at 10:12pm — No Comments

The Neon Red Elephant of EMS

I grew up riding fire-based ambulances: as a volunteer, a seasonal employee and within my municipal career. Done part-time work with a commercial ambulance. Teaching high school EMT in rural Virginia sensitized me to the needs of all-volunteer community life-saving squads.

My first column, Walking the Fire-Based Talk, discussed the 2007 release of “Prehospital 9-1-1… Continue

Added by Mike Ward on November 22, 2009 at 1:30pm — 9 Comments

Lessons in Leadership from a Cold War Warrior

Back in the day – I had the opportunity to do a fellowship that took me to the Ames Research Center of NASA. There, tucked in a small corner office, off of a typically bureaucratic hall was the cluttered office of an aging gentle man, who toiled in near obscurity, surrounded by small mementos of his life – autographed pictures of he and President Johnson, personalized memorabilia from Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, and memorial tokens of Gus Grissom – who was a personal friend, lost in the… Continue

Added by Chris Carlson, PhD on November 20, 2009 at 1:08pm — No Comments

I am back

Thankyou all my friends for your support during this trying time. I am back and ready to give it hell. Dave

Added by David Wilson on November 19, 2009 at 11:28am — 1 Comment

Learning to Blog

I am learning to blog. I would love to begin a regular blog and post it on If anyone has pointers on doing this please reply and help me learn. I recently became interested in social media and wish to learn as much as possible. I am looking to fly around the country to vist other services and learn how others are operating. Thanks for your input.

Added by Brian Cannon on November 19, 2009 at 10:13am — No Comments

What's in your First Aid Kit?

First Aid Kits should always present in your home, school, offices, cars, and even when you are in trips. Well, accidents are not predicted, so it is a must to have it with you all the time. This kits don’t cost you short term loan to have it. And as a beginner, First Aid Kits should contain the fallowing as to American College of Emergency Physicians stated ( Here are the lists of its… Continue

Added by MiloO on November 18, 2009 at 2:38am — No Comments

help with bilding a truck

i am looking for blueprints of the org. l.a. county squad 51 on the t.v. sshow EMERGENCY and EMERGENCY ONE if anyone has them or knows of where i can get them please tell me at i will be waiting for info to me

thank you

Added by RESCUE 540 WPIN412 on November 12, 2009 at 8:06pm — No Comments

One Paramedic or Two?... and the crash of United 173

I’ve been in EMS now for 32 years (it doesn’t seem possible) – and for 30 of those years there has been an argument about the efficacy of one-paramedic vs. two-paramedic systems. I’ve had the ability to witness this debacle from all four corners of the continent and even weighed in on the discussion in systems on foreign shores.

I’ve also had the blessing of being able to work in and with other industries and work environments which allows me, perhaps, to provide a little different… Continue

Added by Chris Carlson, PhD on November 12, 2009 at 5:17pm — 3 Comments

Pilot Math Made Easy

If you love math and solve complex word problems to relax, this article is NOT for you.

If math is a four letter word you sometimes use in conjunction with other more colorful

four letter words, keep reading.

One of the most repeated questions in the air medical… Continue

Added by Troy Shaffer on November 12, 2009 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

Unexpected Increase in Survival Rates in ROC Study

Yesterday, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) announced that the ROC PRIMED clinical trial ended its enrollment period early and that preliminary data suggested neither strategy under investigation significantly improved survival. For those of us following the ROC studies, our ears pricked up at this news.

As background, the large, multicenter clinical trial, which involves approximately 280 EMS agencies, is comparing two resuscitation strategies delivered by EMS… Continue

Added by Lisa Bell on November 10, 2009 at 3:47pm — No Comments

EMS in the Upstate EMS

why are the squads in the upstate ems, all going fully paid, not a vollunteer/paid mix?

Added by Robert Clamp on November 10, 2009 at 3:21pm — 1 Comment

Something New...

WOW, I guess I should write something new here since so much has happened since my last posting! Let's see..... I am now an F.T.O. [Field Training Officer], Celebrated 30 years of patient care, spent 3 weeks searching for a new beginning/fresh start/relocation and found my own paradise spot. I will be relocating this spring from Muskogee, OK to Kalispel, MT - I am so excited!!!! I have needed to make some serious changes in my life for a long while now and I finally got my act together and… Continue

Added by B.J. Jones on November 9, 2009 at 6:43pm — No Comments

What French Fries Taught Me about Emergency Medicine

The Lord of the Fries

It is a critical axiom in solving problems that we 1). Make sure we are asking the right questions, and 2). Make sure we are measuring the right things.

My favorite learning moment in this regard is a business case study involving not the Cleveland Clinic, but Burger King Restaurants. In the 1980’s Burger King was getting their competitive clock cleaned by other fast food operators and one of the primary drivers of dis-satisfaction with their… Continue

Added by Chris Carlson, PhD on November 4, 2009 at 12:06pm — 2 Comments

The Weekend

I keep forgetting that this place is like a ghost town on the weekends.

Added by Duncan Hitchcock on November 1, 2009 at 11:07am — 16 Comments

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