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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

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 May 2015 Cartoon

May 1, 2015

Paul Combs May 2015 cartoon.

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

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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