The March EMS Roundup

Slayer of the winter, art thou here again? O welcome, thou that bring’st the summer nigh! The bitter wind makes not the victory vain. Nor will we mock thee for thy faint blue sky.

– William Morris

Thou that bring’st the fertilizer and lawn care nigh! Spring is indeed welcome here at The EMT Spot and with the snow blower tucked away it’s time to review the month that was.

We started off the month with a bunch of questions. What does it mean to be safe at home, to walk or not to walk and five hard questions about EMS 2.0. Then I told you all about L.C.E.S. for EMT’s, trust as a currency and what it means to have a deep and abiding respect. I Asked you if you’d ever posted a comment, (If you haven’t, there’s still time.) Then told you about ACE Inhibitors and tore apart the meanings of two phrases, “I’m only an EMT Basic.” and “It’s not my emergency.” Then we wrapped up with the illusion of control and the helmet / c-spine issue.

Now it’s time to hit the surf. But not before we look at some other folks blogs too. There’s so much good writing out there in the EMS blog world, it’s hard to keep up with it all.


The Happy Medic (Sporting a new avatar and all.) brought up a short, not so sweet fact of EMS life in all the kings men. Rescuing Providence gave a bit of helpful EMS advice in my truck, my rules. Everyday EMS Tips came through with a life changing tip from the book, Have A Little Faith. 9-Echo-1 talked about the problems that occur when you leave a leadership vacuum on scene and then told us how things get done. You can also read Rouge Medic’s surgical dissection of the post with intubation as a right. David Konig really let some dude named Larry have it. Medic 999 announced the awful news that The Handover Blog Carnival was no more and then announced the awesome news that the handover marches on. Glad to hear it. The new caretakers of the handover will be bloggers Rescue Monkey and From a Probies Eyes. Thanks for the save boys. Speaking of The Handover…Life Under The Lights had the reins this month and posted way more great links to great EMS blogs from the latest addition, respect.

I’d also like to introduce a new(er) EMS blog to the readership. I’ve been dropping by Just My Blog since December. The anonymous author (A self described EMS volunteer from Canada.) has been posting since last August. While the blog is relatively low on activity, the author posts with a lot of honesty and heart. It’s worth a look.

In EMS news, a Colorado fire captain now belongs to the growing club of fire officers who have been cuffed and detained by law enforcement while trying to render aid. On the heals of this months L.C.E.S. for EMT’s post, a San Diego EMT was tragically hit and killed while assisting at a crash scene. Proving that no good deed goes unpunished, the Virginia ambulance operator who placed his vehicle in the path of a fleeing felon’s car has been charged with reckless driving. In light of recent legal challenges, the NAEMT released a position statement asserting that physician medical direction is an essential component of an EMS system. (Thank you.) And lastly, a Placerville, CA woman who ran from a hospital and opted to use an ambulance as her getaway vehicle was shot and killed shortly after. Don’t drive angry.

In the podcast world, Podmedic, Jamie Davis tackled the sometimes complex issue of professional EMS organizations. Who are they, what do they do and should you belong? The EMS Leadership podcast talked with Mic Gunderson about the National Fire Academy EMS Leader Course. The GenMEd Show chalked up a fourth podcast (Kaboom) with an installment from EMS Today. The Educast boys gathered their third installment of the journal club with a look at three interesting pieces of EMS research. And, with a growing list of EMS personnel disciplined or terminated over social media participation, the EMS garage addressed the subject of our first amendment rights in EMS.

That should be enough to keep you busy for a while. Come back soon.

More of This Now:

The February EMS Roundup

The January EMS Roundup

The December EMS Roundup

The November EMS Roundup

The October EMS Roundup

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