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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So here's a gem from my past:
While working a routine 24 hour shift, our dispatcher called my partner and me around 1 am on the radio to give out a "10-15" assignment. We worked private EMS in a city with a tiered response system. On an EMS call, we might be dispatched directly to handle the call, or we might be assigned to park a block or two away while the fire department responded to a call. This would make us a convenient distance away if the fire department decided to…Continue
Added by Street Level Paramedic on October 28, 2015 at 12:51am — No Comments
We are excited to announce a partnership with Longevity, the highest regarded provider of early detection screenings for disease prevention in Orange County. These ultrasound screenings scan for early signs of cancer, stroke, heart disease and other serious medical conditions.
Woodbridge Walk-In is the only family care center in Orange County to provide these Preventive…Continue
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Let's see how many people I can make angry with this one...
Community paramedicine isn't paramedicine, it's social work. It might be economically advantageous to a department because it reduces the number of repeat, unnecessary calls the department receives. It might bring some relief to EMS workers who immediately recognize the address they were just dispatched to and who know that the person calling simply needs some attention. But it's not paramedicine, and it's not a…Continue
Added by Street Level Paramedic on September 27, 2015 at 9:41am — No Comments
From my weekly CME Blog - Medical Mondays www.medicalmonday.com
Every day that we are doing our duty, whether in an ambulance, skiing or providing clinical care we are but mere moments from being broadcast to the world.
A tragic event of a few weeks ago by a deranged individual took the life of a reporter and cameraman on live TV. Beyond the tragedy of this event, he was also wearing a personal…Continue
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Added by Lee Roberts on August 17, 2015 at 6:00pm — No Comments
Do this job long enough, and you start to believe in ghosts. I see them all the time.
Sitting in the front of the ambulance, returning from a call, I see the tire marks veering off the highway and ending at a tree where that girl lost control and lost her life.
I see the gas station where the car ended up after an elderly male had a stroke while driving. The accident didn't kill him, but the stroke did.
I watch as a house drifts past my window.…Continue
Added by Street Level Paramedic on August 16, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments
My first supervisory experience came in the hardware department at The Home Depot. Oh, stop rolling your eyes. This is back in the days when the founders, Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank, still ran the place. Their leadership philosophy was evident in everything that happened in that company. Their philosophy on leadership was simple: Take care of your people. If you do that, your people will take care of the customers, and everything else falls into line.
Added by Street Level Paramedic on August 14, 2015 at 5:53am — No Comments
Living in areas that are prone to earthquakes can be worrisome if you are unprepared. Even though an earthquake may not be predicted for the near future, it is wise to have a survival kit of things you may need in case of an emergency. A few of the items that should be included are:
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Added by MADONNA MORRIS on July 14, 2015 at 12:20am — No Comments
If you're like me, you probably have a number of news feeds related to EMS, emergency response, firefighting--all bookmarked in your browser and "liked" on Facebook. You've read the articles about the EMTs and paramedics who have done great things, and others who have done horrible things. You've read about the major incidents, rollovers, hazmat responses, and dash cam videos of crazy emergency driving and other "caught on cam" events.
But have you really read the comments…Continue
Added by Street Level Paramedic on May 25, 2015 at 12:41am — No Comments
Added by Andy Marsh on May 19, 2015 at 1:20am — No Comments
Have you ever regretted calling aero-medical? I have. The death this week of yet another flight crew member leads me to continue to re-evaluate my use of aero medical. I find myself moving toward the end of the spectrum that calling the helicopter based entirely on mechanism of injury doesn't cut it any more (I'm not talking about getting them in the air--just in case--AS YOU RESPOND to a scene, I'm talking about having them CONTINUE in when you've arrived and done your preliminary…Continue
Added by Street Level Paramedic on April 29, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments
The successful candidate will have a unique opportunity to mentor and develop members of a pioneering EMS system funded through grants from reputable international technology companies, including Google.
Strong Spanish language skills and 6 months required. Adventure guaranteed.Continue
Added by Trek Medics Intl on April 16, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments
Note to farkles: I owned a scanner long before I became a paramedic. I listened to the police and fire departments do their work, and I enjoyed having a first-person sense of what was happening in the community. I learned a lot about law enforcement and emergency services, and I considered myself a supporter of all emergency services.
I also knew where the line is. I never put flashing lights in my personal vehicle. I didn't wear uniform-like apparel in the hopes that people would…Continue
Added by Street Level Paramedic on March 26, 2015 at 3:09pm — No Comments