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Tube Sight: You can't hit what you can't see

A couple of simple techniques can make intubating a bloody airway a lot easier.

Posted Monday, August 3, 2009

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Handles for People: Revisiting the Montana Blanket Roll

People in bathtubs are slippery and can be frustrating to handle safely and with good body mechanics. The Montana Blanket Roll is a simple, quick answer.

Posted Sunday, July 5, 2009

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Life-Saver: Is that EMS term for real?

How do we know we're saving lives? Sometimes evidence-based medicine is simply cards and letters from former patients telling you so.

Posted Tuesday, June 2, 2009

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Varmints: What's going on back there?

An extra rearview mirror allows you to see not only what's going on behind your ambulance, but what's going on in the back of it, which is important when you get a patient who has no regard for your safety.

Posted Friday, March 6, 2009

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Bubbles: Air-proofing your IV lines

Bubbles form when you spike an IV bag and allow the fluid to splash down into the open end of that line. Bubbles will keep forming all day, until you eliminate the source.

Posted Wednesday, February 11, 2009

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Splat: A pro's answer to bug guts

You can collect a lot of bug parts on something the size of an ambulance windshield; and the bad thing is, they're all joined by splat.

Posted Tuesday, December 16, 2008

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Goodbye, Hartson 1 Respected EMSer dies at 86, leaving legacy of sensible ideas

This column describes„all the sensible ideas that resulted from Bob Hartson's life.

Posted Friday, November 14, 2008

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Lyin' Eyes: Do we underestimate this finding?

Lying is unnatural, and if you know what to look for, people's eyes will usually tell you when they're doing it. So what do you look for?

Posted Thursday, November 13, 2008


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