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New Rigs on the Road

2016 ALS Ambulance and Multiple Casualty Unit are now in service. …


Added by Markus Gregory on August 9, 2016 at 4:40pm — No Comments



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Added by Paul Combs on August 8, 2016 at 11:14am — No Comments

The Medical Director Who Keeps Jumping EMS Calls

Several months ago I responded as a paramedic intercept to a rollover accident with entrapment requiring extrication.  The responding EMS agency was AEMT level, and I was dispatched automatically based on the rollover element of the call.

I arrived on scene relatively quickly, and found the fire department and EMS working quickly to extricate the patient.  Standing at the head of the vehicle was an emergency room physician who I knew well, and who was the medical director of…


Added by Street Level Paramedic on August 1, 2016 at 12:57pm — No Comments


How impressive is your leadership?


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Added by Paul Combs on July 22, 2016 at 9:55am — No Comments

Lesson 2 (Opportunity)

   Make everything you do an opportunity. May no career be a dead end, may no class be a waste of time. Every path you choose leads to hundreds more, if not it is your duty to forge them. Every failure must be a gain in some way, big or small it does not matter, but you must move forward it is your incumbency to yourself.

   You must embrace failure as you…


Added by Jared Vickers on July 21, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

Three-man Medic Companies

Three-man Medic Company
By Alan Perry, June 21, 2016
Congratulations on your promotion! Your new assignment is a Medic Company! It should come as no surprise that the busiest piece of equipment, with the most at stake in the daily performance of its duties, has finally been elevated to the company level. You and the other personnel assigned to your Medic Company are taking a huge step forward for…

Added by Alan E Perry on June 21, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Lesson 1

One must think of their career in EMS (and in life) in distance traveled. The goal is to travel as far as possible. Any movement counts as distance traveled, including places you've already been, because some on the most important lessons in life are the ones we learn over and over again. The worst thing you can do in your career (and life), is not gain distance, to stagnate. Every day you must increase yourself in order to gain. Some days you will travel miles, other days inches. Remember,…


Added by Jared Vickers on June 8, 2016 at 10:33pm — No Comments


Added by Paul Combs on May 20, 2016 at 2:54pm — No Comments

EMS Prevention Week White House Petition

EMS “Prevention” Week

Please visit: https://wh.gov/io9hf 

I am writing to you to offer a proposal to amend…


Added by Sean Andrew Hannon on May 2, 2016 at 6:10pm — No Comments


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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Added by Paul Combs on December 23, 2015 at 2:42pm — No Comments


Added by Paul Combs on November 16, 2015 at 8:36am — No Comments

Adventures in ABGs

This post is accompanied by a podcast. Listen to and/or download it here: DitchMedics - Episode…


Added by Derrick Eident on November 15, 2015 at 3:43pm — No Comments

Bizarre Calls: Blindfolded Children on the Freeway

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…


Added by Street Level Paramedic on October 28, 2015 at 12:51am — No Comments


Constructive criticism can be hard to find these days! 

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Added by Paul Combs on October 23, 2015 at 9:03am — No Comments


Now that's a scarier than any movie scene!

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Added by Paul Combs on October 23, 2015 at 8:56am — No Comments

An Argument Against Community Paramedicine

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…


Added by Street Level Paramedic on September 27, 2015 at 9:41am — No Comments

Alright Mr. DeMille, I’m Ready For My Close-Up

From my weekly CME Blog - Medical Mondays www.medicalmonday.com

Are you?

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…


Added by Jay S. Van Zeeland on September 23, 2015 at 3:47am — No Comments

August JEMS Cartoon

NEW JEMS editorial cartoon for August: Change Lynching

Heaven forbid!!

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Added by Paul Combs on August 17, 2015 at 10:21pm — No Comments

Dad's Taxi Blog

my name is lee roberts and i live in the vancouver area of british columbia, canada. i'm employed as a primary care paramedic (bls) and am stationed in the metro vancouver post. i love my job. and i look forward to witnessing all the crazy weird and of course medical calls i see every shift. this blog is about the things i see and hear. most of it will come from the streets. some will come from co-workers. and there may be the odd story from my home life. i love tech. I love gadgets. and this… Continue

Added by Lee Roberts on August 17, 2015 at 6:00pm — No Comments

The Ghosts on the Corners

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.…


Added by Street Level Paramedic on August 16, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

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