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EMS Remembrances for the Holidays

November 23, 2015

During the holidays, remember your life is bigger than EMS.

Paul Combs December 2015 cartoon

Paul Combs December 2015 Cartoon

November 23, 2015

Beware the online "expert."

Paul Combs Drawn by Fire

Paul Combs November 2015 Cartoon

October 28, 2015

Paul Combs November 2015 cartoon.

Working as a Magnet

September 29, 2015

We call them magnets because they’re pre-destined to be dispatched to calls of an undesirable nature (or desirable, depending on your cup of tea).

Paul Combs October 2015 Cartoon

September 29, 2015

Paul Combs October 2015 cartoon.

Paul Combs September 2015 Cartoon

September 8, 2015

Paul Combs September 2015 cartoon

Paul Combs August 2015 Cartoon

August 25, 2015

Paul Combs August 2015 cartoon.

Call Whine One One: A Humorous Take on Complaining

August 13, 2015

Many see themselves not as survivors, but as victims from not only what medical or traumatic event has befallen them, but also by everything about them—including their friends, family, the medical community and Gilligan’s Island reruns.

Paul Combs July 2015 Cartoon

July 1, 2015

Paul Combs July 2015 cartoon.

CPR's Unrealistic Portrayal on the Small Screen

June 10, 2015

This kind of CPR (clean, pretty and reliable) differs so much from my usual CPR (can’t possibly recover).

Paul Combs June 2015 Cartoon

June 5, 2015

Paul Combs June 2015 cartoon

Paul Combs May 2015 Cartoon

May 1, 2015

Paul Combs May 2015 cartoon.

Appreciate the Turmoil of Military Veterans

April 6, 2015

There are times the guy next to you (partner or squad) is the only thing that matters.

Paul Combs April 2015 Cartoon

April 6, 2015

Paul Combs April 2015 cartoon.

Paul Combs March 2015 Cartoon

March 16, 2015

Paul Combs March 2015 cartoon

When Too Many Emergency Lights Threaten Provider Eyesight

January 26, 2015

Do we have too many lights on our ambulances?

Paul Combs Feb. 2015 Cartoon

January 26, 2015

Pau Combs February 2015 cartoon.

Paul Combs January 2015 Cartoon

January 9, 2015

Paul Combs January 2015 cartoon.

Happy Holidays from Berry Musing

December 15, 2014

Happy holidays from JEMS editorial board member Steve Berry.

Take Time to Heal Your Body

November 10, 2014

Bottom line is, our EMS bodies hate our job.

Paul Combs November 2014 Cartoon

November 7, 2014

Paul Combs November 2014 cartoon.

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...
Steve Berry is an active paramedic with Southwest Teller County EMS in Colorado.

Playing Second-string to God

March 3, 2014

Syncope in places of worship can be a tough call.

Sleepwalking the Walk

January 31, 2014

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

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