The June EMS Roundup

“In June, as many as a dozen species may burst their buds on a single day. No man can heed all of these anniversaries; no man can ignore all of them.”

-Aldo Leopold

So many anniversaries. So many happenings in the EMS world. Regardless of how many of them you attempted to heed, you were bound to miss a few. Here’s to the stuff you may have inadvertently ignored.

I started the month with a webinar on how to pass the national registry cognitive exam and quickly moved on to the name the chronicles contest and part three of the very popular ultimate guide to EMT vital signs. I asked you two telling questions with “Where do you put the fear?” and “Are you an EMS nonconformist?” before asking you to consider what will happen on the day that your career clock strikes midnight. Then we talked about what really motivates us and wrapped up with ten reasons why I work in EMS.

Elsewhere around our EMS online neighborhood, one happening that deserves its own paragraph is the sad departure of UK medic Mark Glencorse from the blogging world. Mark made a huge impact on EMS blogging with the Medic999 blog and his influence will continue to be felt for years to come. I’ll deeply miss his musings on the EMS around the world. Fair thee well Mark. Thanks for all the fish.

In the other rings of the perpetual EMS blogging circus, David Konig showed a few creative billboards aimed at getting people to call 911 only for appropriate emergencies. Greg Friese posted a fathers day memory. Peter Canning discussed the use of a magical question, “Would you like more pain medicine?” Jeramedic launched a post series reviewing shock. (Psst: It’s off to a great start.) EpiJunki gave a heartwarming hallelujah for second chances that made me want to send her a silent amen from the choir. Chris Kaiser went all Jeff Foxworthy with “You know you work rural EMS when.” (Chris, I’m still waiting for my deer meat.) Never one to shy away from a fight, Rogue Medic sunk his teeth into a recent podcast and Justin “Happy Medic” Schorr threw down with some hilarious EMS based motivational posters.

And what about EMS news? Plenty of EMTs behaving badly. The Massachusetts dispatcher who canceled critical 911 resources on a medical alert has been fired. The NYC EMS Lieutenant who took a picture of his MDT screen with patient information visible and posted it on facebook will also likely lose his job. Some of the 207 Massachusetts EMTs who falsely claimed they took re-certification courses feel that their suspensions are unfair. A couple of UK medics are in hot water for walking a man having a full blown MI to the ambulance. A lawsuit is claiming that Dallas Fire-Rescue incorrectly billed every call at the ALS rate and may owe the government somewhere around 40 million dollars. Police apparently aren’t done filing charges against the Port-Orange Firefighter Paramedic who was sneaking back into patient’s homes to steal their medications.

Then there were the podcasts. The Medicast interviewed Natalie Quibodeaux. The EMS Educast talked about training EMTs in high school. The GenMedShow discussed the new film Firestorm and The EMS Garage round-tabled over EMS system abuse in the episode Fava Beans. All well worth a listen.

So there you have it. The month in a nut shell. What do you think will happen next?

Read More Roundups:

The May EMS Roundup

The April EMS Roundup

The March EMS Roundup

The February EMS Roundup

The January EMS Roundup


  1. Grogg657 says:

    steve, I appreciate the time you put into the blog. I wish there were more people like mark around who aren’t afraid to pass on the knowledge and lessons of there career.

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