Book Review: Cardiac Dysrhythmia Interpretation Workbook by Rob Theriault

The eight edition of former EMS Educast cohost Rob Theriault’s self published Cardiac Dysrhythmia Interpretation Workbook is out, which I believe is the biggest EMS-book bargain out right now. The book begins with an explanation of cardiac A&P and electrophysiology, along with diagrams and metaphors for explanation. For example, Theriault describes conduction as like pebbles […]

Last Shift Before Christmas

Reading Christmas-themed EMS 1 articles by Kelly Grayson, Nancy Magee, and Michael Morse, I was reminded of a night I worked 9 years ago. The 14-hour shift began at 1800 and ended the morning before Christmas Eve, when our supervisors were taking us out to breakfast as a gift. After checking the truck, I checked […]

Meet the Practical Medic

I am very excited to have a column up at EMS 1 now as the Practical Medic. My goal is to break down barriers between the classroom and the street, and write about ways to apply topics in a way that works in the field. I am a huge fan of Dr. Scott Weingard, whose […]

Book Review: Extreme Medical Services

I recently had the pleasure of reading Extreme Medical Services, a novel written by EMS podcaster, author, and educator Jamie Davis. It follows Dean, a rookie paramedic assigned to a station that responds for “unusual” patients – vampires, werewolves, and sirens. I was quickly drawn into the storyline, and stayed up late a few nights […]

Coarse Asystole and Life Saving

Coarse Asystole is a new blog written by Sean Hulsman, a paramedic and educator in the Buffalo, NY. area.  I happened to do my first ride-along with in EMT class with him, and was fortunate enough to work as his partner a few times after. His clinical knowledge, the way he interacted with patients, and […]

No Ordinary Day

Thursday, August 28, 2014 started out as one. We had some space in the lab schedule for our second semester paramedic students, so we decided to do a pit crew resuscitation workshop. I modified a con-ed presentation that I put together a few years ago, and added YouTube videos of a witnessed cardiac arrest on […]

Ten Years Since My First Article

In August of 2005, I remember the excitement of opening the mailbox in the lobby of our apartment building. My soon-to-be wife (we have a big anniversary coming up in a few months) and I had arrived home from somewhere, both eager to see if Emergency Medical Services Magazine (now EMS World) had arrived. My […]

Thanks Dave, and So Long EMSBlogs.com

I was fortunate to first meet Dave Konig at EMS Today 2011. It was at the exhibit hall, where I usually find the volume of people, devices, and flashing lights overstimulating. I immediately felt a connection with the group of people gathered around the podcast studio, where I hung out with Dave and some other […]

Med Math Simplified Saved My Butt

I strove to go well beyond being “entry level competent” in almost every area of my practice except for one: med math.  As an EMT I marveled as my paramedics calculated medication dosages, and it nearly scared me away from paramedic school. I did it well enough to get by, but even after 12 years […]

June Happenings, Sepsis, and CapnoAcademy

June has been a busy month. I am teaching an EMT class for the first time, which is the first time I have taught at that level and the first time I have had students on their first day of the program. I am having fun working with a group of highly motivated students, and […]