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When Too Many Emergency Lights Threaten Provider Eyesight

January 27, 2015

Do we have too many lights on our ambulances?

Take Time to Heal Your Body

November 10, 2014 If I’ve learned anything while practicing prehospital emergency medicine (besides remembering to say “clear” before you defibrillate and not after), it’s how the human body has an amazing ability to independently heal itsel...

Putting the ‘Experience’ in Experience-Based Care

October 1, 2014 As EMS aggressively embraces and dictates its medical practice based on evidence-based medicine (EBM), will our clinical decision-making skills of practicing experienced-based clinical care be left by the wayside...

Bagpipes: Explaining an EMS Tradition

September 15, 2014

In many ways, the last day is always the hardest. Difficult in not only the lengthy undulating miles to be covered under frequently hot and windy conditions, but also in knowing what awaits us at the end of that last mile.

Deciphering when Patients Feign Symptoms to Avoid Incarceration

August 7, 2014 Fuhgitaboudit, spell check. You’ll never find Incarceritis in your laptop’s memory bank. Even if you’ve downloaded a medical dictionary, it would still be of no avail. Stupid computer! Defined as when a patient intentionally fal...

When Hazardous Materials Materialize

July 9, 2014 They call them dangerous goods—an oxymoron if there ever was one considering their contents, especially if those contents suddenly and unexpectedly reveal themselves outside their intended container. They’re most often referred to as h...

Flush Away Your Support of Always Backboarding Patients

June 2, 2014 For years we’ve been saying it. No, scratch that. For decades we’ve been saying it. “Saying what?” you ask. “Who’s saying it?”

Empower Your Patients to Take Charge of Their Health

May 5, 2014 “Ignorance is bliss until one confronts it.” — C.B. Smith Raise your hand if you’re a prehospital healthcare provider who’s ever had grave reservations about a particular physician, nurse or hospital network that was...

When Givers Become Takers

March 28, 2014 Medic: Please place your hand, the one not holding your inhaler, on the book of Life-Saving Protocols while raising your other hand above your home O2 tank. Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth so help your HM...

Sleepwalking the Walk

January 31, 2014

“He seems OK now,” she said as she anxiously pointed toward the child’s room.

There’s Such a Thing as Too Many Supplies in the Ambulance

January 9, 2014 It’s estimated there are close to 15 million hoarders in the U.S. I’m not sure exactly where that statistic comes from. I read it somewhere in a magazine that could be buried in any one of the 58 stacks of publications I have in my off...

Holiday Cartoons

December 11, 2013

Happy Holidays!

You Know You’re Getting Old in EMS When…

October 9, 2013
 
 
 

 

 

Learn the Signs & Symptoms of Acute Angle Closure Glaucoma

October 8, 2013 Decision-making by paramedics in the field has the potential to become a challenging situation. The decision of whether to transport has to be made quickly and efficiently. It often becomes a collaborative effort among the responding unit, the pat...

A Guide to EMS Gridiron Infractions

August 31, 2013 Underfoot, a blanket of flaming gold crunches with each brisk step. The quaking branches continue to shed their once-treasured foliage, ever yielding to the crisp yet invigorating wind. The earthen soil once veiled by the crowning aspens is now sh...

Not Everyone Wants a Retirement Party

August 31, 2013 April 19, 1971, is a date I will never forget. It came in a time when no one had ever heard of “Jems,” and even the journal’s famous publisher, Jim Page, was unknown in EMS. (Because, of course, there was no EMS.) I was an obscur...

Book Profiles Paramedics Around the World

July 31, 2013 "Paramedico: Around the World by Ambulance" (The Friday Project, an imprint of HarperCollins), by Benjamin Gilmour Benjamin Gilmour's book "Paramedico" explores the lives of emergency responders in a variety of countri...

Interacting with a Patient’s Family Members can be Exhausting

July 18, 2013 They embrace our patients. They are concerned for their well-being. They seek uncompromised satisfaction. They see our patients as an essential asset to their self-worth. They depend on them fiscally. I’m speaking, of course, of ACLs (Ambul...

Responding to Non-Emergency Emergencies Makes You a Hero

June 12, 2013 “This ain’t right,” my partner sleepily articulated with eyes half open as our rig cautiously approached a darkened residence. After verifying the address with dispatch, I reaffirmed the numbers on the house with our spotlight...

Pa. EMT Killed In Crash Remembered

May 23, 2013 TUNKHANNOCK — An emergency responder on his way to a wreck was killed after the truck he was in crashed. We learned Thursday that a deadly crash in Wyoming County involved an EMT who was actually on his way to help after another crash.

What Did You Say? A Humorous Look at Treating Deaf Patients

May 20, 2013 My nervous partner Eric loudly and with exaggeration asked the patient, “CAN. YOU. READ. MY. LIPS?” The Deaf patient replied, “No. I. CAN'T. READ. YOUR. LIPS.”  The humor was lost on Eric as he relayed the patient...

Ten Tips for Memory Loss

April 17, 2013 My mind recalls the things I pick up more than the things I put down. I suffer from ADHD (Always Distractedly Hunting Down) things, particularly when it comes to my car keys, trauma shears, writing utensils and offspring who needed to be picked up...

How EMS Providers Can Fight Germs

March 27, 2013 ‘You are always gambling with germs. You just want to keep the odds in your favor,’ —Charles Gerba W hat’s a lymph node to do? They’re everywhere. One hundred trillion of them, infiltrating our fragile life form...

The Slow Farewell

March 26, 2013

“Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

Songs to Play during EMS Patient Encounters

March 26, 2013 “After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible, is music.” —Aldous Huxley The inebriated voice slurred loudly from the back of the ambulance while I navigated traffic through the downtown bar distr...

Evolution of Prehospital Social Gatherings

January 28, 2013

‘Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we’re here we should dance.’—Proverbs

A Holiday Cartoon from Steve Berry

December 12, 2012

EMS cartoonist and JEMS columnist Steve Berry offers this sweet holiday message to fellow prehospital providers.

Limitations of Patient Pain Assessment

November 13, 2012 "Pain is such an uncomfortable feeling that even a tiny amount of it is enough to ruin every enjoyment." —Will Rogers “On a pain scale of 1 to 10, with 10 signifying the most intolerable pain you can imagine, how would you...

In EMS, Patients, Partners & Politics Don’t Mix

September 27, 2012 Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly & applying the wrong remedies. —Groucho Marx Is it me or does everyone seem a lot more uptight and over-sensitive lately? Fine! Don’t a...

EMS Provider Falls from Tree

September 7, 2012 The smoky plume had relentlessly grown with vehemence during the previous five days—culminating in a 65 mile-per-hour-wind-driven fire storm that had consumed 346 homes and taken two lives in less than just an hour one day earlier. My mounta...

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