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Steve Berry, JEMS editorial board member

Dealing with the 'Deja Vu' of Repeat Patients

January 18, 2016

EMS often finds itself running through a time loop of a particular patient's self-imposed neglect of their physical or mental well-being.

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Paul Combs 2016 Cartoon

January 18, 2016

The latest cartoon from "Drawn by Fire" artist Paul Combs, exclusively for JEMS.

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Paul Combs January 2016 Cartoon

December 21, 2015

The latest cartoon from "Drawn by Fire" artist Paul Combs, exclusively for JEMS.

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.

Steve Berry

Putting the ‘Experience’ in Experience-Based Care

October 1, 2014

Don’t let evidence-based medicine rule patient interactions.

Steve Berry

Bagpipes: Explaining an EMS Tradition

September 15, 2014

The instrument’s use dates back to the 1400s.

Steve Berry, JEMS editorial board member

Deciphering when Patients Feign Symptoms to Avoid Incarceration

August 7, 2014

Your patient could be faking their illness.

Steve Berry, JEMS editorial board member

When Hazardous Materials Materialize

July 9, 2014

People are a cargo transportation apparatus of hazardous material.

Steve Berry JEMS editorial board member

Flush Away Your Support of Always Backboarding Patients

June 2, 2014

Backboarding's only guarantee is that if you didn’t have back pain before, you certainly will by the time the ambulance arrives at the hospital.

Steve Berry, JEMS editorial board member

Empower Your Patients to Take Charge of Their Health

May 5, 2014

Ignorance is bliss until one confronts it.

Steve Berry, JEMS editorial board member

When Givers Become Takers

March 28, 2014

There's no such thing as paying your dues in EMS.

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.