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For You EMS Types…

… I give you the Top 10 punchlines to EMS tee shirt slogans. If you’re tired of scrolling through the tee-shirt ads on EMS Facebook pages looking for any real content, this one’s for you.

Yeah, About That “Experience” Thing…

Direct quote from an experienced EMS educator from a nationally respected paramedic education program: “He will be a good medic if he can forget the crap he learned during his 12 years as an EMT in a [unnamed Eastern Seaboard state] service.” From the comments in this post and the podcast page and related Facebook...

Testing, Testing…

…testicles… testicles… Just configuring my WordPress mobile app and my Facebook and Twitter crossposting. Nevermind me. Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.

For You Gunny Types…

… Rob Reed has a good writeup of the Shooter Self Care course in GunUp the Magazine. What? Don’t subscribe to GunUp? Well, why the hell not? It’s a good magazine. And if you’re interested, DiveMedic, EMS Artifact and I are prepared to take Shooter Self Care on the road. Hit us up for a...

Overheard On The Bolance

In the Emergency Department just now (not the busiest one by a long shot): Rude, Uber-Surly Hospitalist (to triage nurse): “They can wait! If they want to keep bringing people in here, they can wait!” Harried Triage Nurse (sighing): “Room 4 will be clean in a bit, guys. Mind hanging out on the wall for...

Inside EMS Podcast: Inked and Pierced?

In this week’s episode of Inside EMS, co-host Chris Cebollero and I discuss the relationship between professionalism and perception in EMS. Does being inked and pierced invoke a negative perception among our patients? What does the state of your uniform say about you as an EMT? Short answer: it depends. We’d all love to believe...

Stockton Firetruck Ads Are Baaack!

City Council voted Tuesday night in a 6-1 vote to resume the odious practice of selling advertising space on the sides of its emergency vehicles.

Hubbard and Aberdeen

Is this graffiti? It's near the intersection: Someone at Chicago Magazine having some fun at Rahm's expense? Or coppers?

Feds Tell Springfield "Back Off"

Another set of elected officials headed to jail? The top federal prosecutor in central Illinois today sent a reminder to state lawmakers on the eve of their hearing about Gov. Pat Quinn’s troubled anti-violence program: Stand down because a criminal investigation is in the works.U.S. Show More Summary

Dart Moves In

In light of Preckwinkle announcing she won't be running for mayor, Dart makes a move to increase his profile: Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart will focus on catching people wanted on arrest warrants for violent crimes in Chicago to helpShow More Summary

Preckwinkle Leaves the Field

She won't run against the Machine that created her: Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle declared Tuesday that she won’t run for mayor, leaving union and community groups angry over Chicago’s violent crime, school closings and...Show More Summary

Only 500?

We're thinking "undercount:": Cook County prosecutors said today that nearly 500 people had gathered Sunday afternoon for an unauthorized concert at Montrose Beach that turned into a melee after police officers attempted to shut it down. Of course, theses numbers probably come from the same people who think they counted 1.1 million people at the Taste this year

Another Mayor Gets His Priorities All Screwed Up

MAYOR Will Flanagan has some great ideas on how to spend the city's precious tax dollars, and public safety doesn't seem to be one of them.

CPR Instructor Revived By Long-Ago Students

Marlin says he's feeling good, but he's a bit upset that the last shot he took before his heart attack was short.

Garry Melts Down...

...and an aldercreature spouts stupidity : Sunday’s violence on the North Side prompted fresh questions about police staffing and crowd control tactics just a week after a bloody Independence Day weekend left scores of dead and wounded across the city. Show More Summary

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