The views and opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of my employer or co-workers.

Posts are designed and written to be devoid of information that may identify a patient either though personal information or specific administrative information such as dispatch times or dates, although anyone listening to the live broadcast of Memphis Fire radio can identify addresses given over the air and link those with public records that are available such as fire reports.

This is medical information in this blog in the form of case studies, and fire service information. You should take this as information only and not advice on how to perform these interventions or activities and always consult your treatment guidelines/protocols or standard operating procedures as to the way your agency, company, or department wants you to do it. If you think you should do something different you should consult with your medical director or chief and try to get a change made.

I adopt the Healthcare blogger Code of Ethics

Clear representation of perspective – readers must understand the training and overall perspective of the author of a blog. Certainly bloggers can have opinions on subjects outside of their training, and these opinions may be true, but readers must have a place to look on a blog to get an idea of where this author is coming from. This also encompasses the idea of the distinction between advertisement and content. This does not preclude anonymous blogging, but it asks that even anonymous bloggers share the professional perspective from which they are blogging.

Confidentiality – Bloggers must respect the nature of the relationship between patient and medical professionals and the clear need for confidentiality. All discussions of patients must be done in a way in which patients’ identity cannot be inferred. A patient’s name can only be revealed in a way that is in keeping with the laws that govern that practice (HIPPA, Informed Consent).

Commercial Disclosure – the presence or absence of commercial ties of the author must be made clear for the readers. If the author is using their blog to pitch a product, it must be clear that they are doing that. Any ties to device manufacturer and/or pharmaceutical company ties must be clearly stated.

Reliability of Information – citing sources when appropriate and changing inaccuracies when they are pointed out

Courtesy – Bloggers should not engage in personal attacks, nor should they allow their commenters to do so. Debate and discussion of ideas is one of the major purposes of blogging. While the ideas people hold should be criticized and even confronted, the overall purpose is a discussion of ideas, not those who hold ideas.

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