Sadly, it appears that September 11th has passed into the realm of just another forgotten holiday. I spent my day reminding people what happened 14 years ago on the island of Manhattan in NYC, at the Pentagon in Virginia, and in the skies above Pennsylvania. It seemed foreign to them that such a day should be remembered.
As a firefighter, I see a lot of burns, either thermal, chemical, electrical, or even scalds from hot liquids. Firefighters get burned from any number of sources, many are usually minor but occasionally they can be extensive. Burns are also complicated for EMS. They can test a paramedic and his or her abilities to the
I was thumbing through Facebook this afternoon when an alert came up in my feed about people liking a top post on the Fire Engineering Training page. I decided to check it out. Turns out it was a single pane comic by Paul Combs, and it shows a grizzled driver at the wheel of his
Tradition defined by Webster’s as an inherited, established, or customary pattern of thought, action, or behavior. This is especially true in the fire service and it’s local components, fire-based EMS is no exception. In many areas though, EMS is such a changing plain that tradition of thought never gets much of a root. I love
If you missed Part 1, go check it out. When we meet COPD patients in the field, they should already have been diagnosed with COPD and be given a treatment regimen to follow to ease the symptoms. A lot of the time, we get called when those home treatments and remedies fail to control an
What makes a successful cardiac arrest save? I’d boil it down to a few key components: Timing Bystander competency Provider skill Timing A measurable component of a save, timing plays a huge factor when you look at response times, plus it kind of feeds luck when the crew responds quickly and gets there fast or
Everybody loved Spock. But the acting legend behind him, Leonard Nimoy, was diagnosed with a disease that is all too common in EMS contacts. Nimoy was suffering from the effects of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder, or COPD. If you were a follower of his Twitter page, you’d notice he tweeted on the symptoms quite frequently,
Sadly, I won’t be attending EMS Today. Just too much on the schedule. Those of you going, stay safe.
Several weeks ago (well, over a month now) I was approached by the American Recall Center (go check them out!) about publishing a Code Stroke/Stroke Awareness post. If you’ve noticed, I’m super slow on getting things out because when I’m not working I’m usually dead to the world. Collectively, we’ve done a pretty good job on training
Privatization of EMS is something that makes the IAFF’s skin crawl. Recently in Brook Park, OH, firefighters protested the mayor’s decision to examine a private provider providing EMS. “Fire based EMS is the way to go…” was one quote from the article. It was following by more crying that it’s unsafe and unfair, blah blah