The March EMS Roundup

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold:  when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.” – Charles Dickens

March at The EMT Spot was filled with travel and adventure. We launched our study guide and then got reacquainted with the outdoors. With such a big project behind me I couldn’t help but to go enjoy myself a bit. I personally stood on the continental divide and swam on a Florida beach in the same week. But we didn’t forget about you.

March started with the big announcement that, after a year of development, the National Registry Study Guide was finally here, and the new sales page did have a free practice test. Then we asked the question, “Should we let cops transport our patients?” I told you how to anticipate if your organization was ready to keep pace with change and I asked you to reconsider what you’re doing with the space between. Finally, I explained that you could actually take a private jet and go golf Pebble Beach and Spyglass for fifty bucks. (While giving to a wonderful cause.)

Elsewhere around the EMS blogging nation, Rescuing Providence wondered aloud if he was doing his job. Was he? The Happy Medic wanted to know what you would do with an ER doctor refusing to be transported to an appropriate trauma facility. Emergiblog asked us to consider whether some patient presentations are fraud or abuse? Everyday EMS Tips pondered the use of a defibrillator on a patient with an impaled metal object. Would you do it? EMT Basics explained the fine art of picking things up and putting them down. (Yes, it’s relevant.) TOTWTYTR told us about the dangers of giving bad advice. Pink handled trauma shears told us about being there for your loved ones, and not being there. Paramedicine 101 explained why spinal immobilization of penetrating trauma does more harm than good. And finally, Stater911 asked if we were placing to much importance on the name game.

In EMS news, the parents of the girls who’s murdered body photographed by a NYC paramedic and then posted on Facebook are now suing the paramedic and Facebook. DCEMS…excuse me FEMS has ordered all of their personnel to stop wearing the old DCEMS uniforms and switch over to the new uniforms ASAP. (At their own cost.) In the aftermath of the Cumbria gun massacre, a UK coroner told an inquest that paramedics should not be required to standby when gunshot victims are waiting for assistance. The parents of the autistic teen who died jumping from a moving ambulance have sued the ambulance service over the incident. With help from the Australian government, Zoll Medical will be distributing over 5,000 AEDs to rural fire services. In a story that just won’t go away, the infamous bagel-break-EMT has now been arrested for shoplifting and suspended for 30 days. Lastly, a Pennsylvania EMS chief was released on bond after he was arrested for sexually assaulting an unconscious teenage boy.

And in the world of EMS podcasts, the boys at EMS Garage sat down with Steve Berry and then couldn’t stop laughing long enough to conduct their podcast. The EMS Educast sorted out all things technological in EMS education and then EMS office hours asked, “What drives protocol change?

That was the month.  April is already off and running. Let’s get started.