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Blowout Kit: The Essentials

Bayou Renaissance Man has asked on behalf of his readers, what essential items should be included in a range first aid kit, and where to procure them. It’s a question I get quite often, so I figured I’d share what I use, as well as a few caveats about rendering essential lifesaving care. First, you...

A Member of the Tribe is in Need

Many of you know that every October, a couple dozen of the People of the Gun gather in Secret Location, CO for a weekend of food, fun, fellowship, and firearms. The Keenans (aka FarmFam) are our hosts for that event, and now a member of their family (which makes her OUR family) is in need....

For You EMS Types…

… there’s a new column up on EMS1. The Opiate Addiction Backlash. Read. Enjoy. Share. Opine.

Kilted to Kick Cancer 2017: The Winners!

2017 was a tough year for fundraising. Between two major hurricanes hitting the US coast, another hitting Puerto Rico, earthquakes in Mexico, and much of the western United States on fire, compassion and fundraising fatigue hit us hard this year. 2017’s fundraising totals were well below previous years. Still, we stayed on message and managed...

Inside EMS Podcast: The Human Side of Addiction

In this week’s episode of Inside EMS, co-host Chris Cebollero and I invite video producer Ray Kemp to the Guest Table, to talk about his latest EMS video project, a mini-documentary humanizing the face of addiction. Check it out her...

Kilted to Kick Cancer 2017: The Home Stretch!

As we have in recent years, the last week of the KTKC 2017 Fundraising Challenge has gone dark, with no standings posted until the final tally in the first week of October. Fundraising standings as of September 25 are: I’m in second place at $521, with Team Dragon solidly in the lead. Let’s hit it...

Kilted to Kick Cancer 2017: September 19 Standings

In the #KTKC2017 fundraising challenge, team standings as of September 19 are: Team Dragon is way out in front, Team JBro is in second, Team AmboDriver is in third, and Team BWall is in fourth. None of those numbers count the donations to Hurricane Harvey charities. So go donate, folks! It’s for a good cause!

For You EMS Types…

… there’s a new column up on EMS1. Cure sometimes, treat often, comfort always. Enjoy!

Kilted to Kick Cancer 2017: Week One Standings

Okay, so it’s a few days late, but I’ll been ill and swamped with other responsibilities, so I’m just now getting this up: Bad kilted Ambulance Driver! BAD! That’s $1,015 raised in the first 10 days, not counting un-credited donations to Hurricane Harvey charities. Well behind last year’s pace, but considering everyone is probably suffering...

Kilted To Kick Cancer 2017 Begins On a Somber Note

The 2017 Kilted To Kick Cancer Fundraising Challenge begins Thursday at midnight, little more than 36 hours from now. As we’ve done since 2011, we spend the month of September wearing kilts, and using that as our conversation starter to raise awareness for male specific cancers. KTKC is a labor of love for us; we...

Inside EMS Podcast: Incentivizing EMS Volunteers

In this week’s episode of Inside EMS, co-host Chris Cebollero and I discuss a couple of news articles in which one EMS agency had to write off nearly $12 million in unpaid bills, and how one volunteer department is trying to incentivize volunteers with tax credits. College tuition waivers at state universities or health insurance...

Inside EMS Podcast: Carfentanil Cooties

In this week’s episode of Inside EMS, co-host Chris Cebollero and I welcome Dr. David Tan, President-Elect of NAEMSP, to talk about his organization’s endorsement of the latest guidance from the American College of Medical Toxicology and the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology on occupational exposure to fentanyl and fentanyl analogues. That document, in addition...

Inside EMS Podcast: NASEMSO Scope of Practice Draft

In this week’s episode of Inside EMS, co-host Chris Cebollero and I discuss the invitation to submit comments on the draft NASEMSO EMS Scope of Practice, and what it bodes for the future of EMS. Most everyone is freaking out over the comment requesting exclusion of endotracheal intubation from the paramedic scope (and most can’t...

Inside EMS Podcast: Skill Degradation

Is there such a thing as skill dilution and rust-out? Do our EMS skills degrade with lack of use, and why do some people seem immune to it? Check out the Inside EMS podcast to hear our thoughts, and share with us your own!

Kilted to Kick Cancer 2017 Starts in Thirty Days!

Prize packages will be announced soon! All fundraisers who were in the Fundraising Challenge last year are automatically carried forward to this year. If you’re a newbie and want to join us raising funds for cancer research, just drop me a line! In the meantime, iron your kilts, prep your message, and get ready to...

Inside EMS Podcast: What’s the Ideal EMS System?

In this week’s episode of Inside EMS, co-host Chris Cebollero and I debate what would be the ideal EMS system. Chris thinks it’s a tiered response BLS system with ALS intercepts. I agree… except that I think he’s got it backwards. Give us a listen, and tell us what you think!

An Ode to the EMS Whacker

You’ve probably seen him wandering the exhibit hall at an EMS conference, or sat next to him in a lecture. He’s wearing a uniform shirt or jumpsuit from his volunteer agency, complete with Minitor pager, at least 100 miles from home. And he’s got the Batman belt and trauma shears on his uniform pants, because...

For You EMS Types…

… there’s a new column up on EMS1. Ignorance and Apathy in EMS Providers Read, enjoy, comment.

Inside EMS Podcast: Lives Before Lunch?

In this week’s episode of Inside EMS, co-host Chris Cebollero and I discuss California bill AB263, the so-called EMS Workers Bill of Rights. The bill proposes to guarantee EMS workers dedicated meal and rest breaks during their shifts, proposes additional protections against on-duty assault, and greater access to mental health support. American Medical Response, one...

Alexa, What’s the Dose for Bicarb?

In this week’s episode of Inside EMS, Chris Cebollero and I welcome EMS1 Editor In Chief Greg Friese to the show to talk about technological advances in EMS. Inside EMS Podcast: Does EMS need voice-activated technology? With things like video laryngoscopy and prehospital point-of-care ultrasound, we think we’re well along the technology curve, but are...

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