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

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 […]

What is EMS Strong?

EMS Strong, the theme for EMS Week 2015, comes during a year with an alarming number of suicides among EMS providers. As tragic as this is, I am encouraged that attention mental illness among EMS provider has received. This topic needs to come out of the shadows and be okay talk about. Being strong means […]

NAEMT Safety Course

Yesterday I taught my first NAEMT Safety Course. The 8-hour, one day course covers crew resource management, vehicle safety, roadway operations, lifting and moving, violence at scenes, and general wellness. There are a lot of case studies, group discussions, and exercises. I was very lucky to have been monitored by Glen Luedtke, who is the […]

EMS 1 and Other March Happenings

March has been a busy month. I am two-thirds of the way through teaching the Special Populations section of my paramedic program for the first time. We have covered neonates, peds, and are wrapping up geriatrics. Next is special operations, triage, incident command, and disaster response, which is quite a variety of topics. It is […]