Browse The Archives

Welcome to the Archive Library. A bunch of good information has come and gone in the three years since The EMT Spot started cranking out information for EMTs and paramedics around the globe. I hope you’ll take a little time and browse through the stacks. Feel free to blow the dust off a few older volumes.

The Big Get It Category


17 Ways to Become an Awesome EMT
#17 Recognize The Remarkable
Ten Reasons Why I Work In EMS
What Motivates Us Really?
“I’m Only an EMT Basic”
I’m a Firefighter
Passion Counts
Staked Down With a Twig
10 Things You Can’t Learn About EMS From Your Computer
What Makes a Good EMT?
What Makes a Good EMT (Part 2)
5 Things My Kids Taught Me About EMS
Be Remarkable
Beware of Almost Good Enough
I Spy
Stop Whining
Unconventional Thoughts on Emergency Services
Are You The Opening Act or The Rock Star
Five Rules for One Shift
EMT Basic Skills Are Not Basic

Personal Development

Freedom to Fail
The Problem With Indifference
Objectivity and Patient Care
Lean In or Lean Back
Overcoming EMS Burnout
Your Character
The Measure of a Leader
Too Much Information
8 Tragic EMS Behavior Flaws to Avoid 
What is An EMS Non-Conformist?
Where Do You Put The Fear?
Self Destruct
Six Reasons Why You Should Be a Better EMT
Get To vs Have To
Who’s Going to Let Me?
Coping With Grief and Tragedy
Five Things Sports Can Teach You About Being A Good EMT
Four Questions to Help You Succeed in EMT Class
How to Double Your EMT Income
How Being Burnt Out Can Ignite a Rebirth

Patient Care

It’s A Calling
No One Can Care For You
None of It is Personal
Medicine and Art
What We Need Most
Authenticity and Incongruity
Patients Define Their Emergencies Part 2
Trust Is a Currency
Credibility and Redundancy
Don’t Be a Jerk
The Ultimate EMS Protocol
Details Matter
You Can’t Give Away What You Don’t Have
Waiting is Serving
Is What We Do A Science or An Art?
The Greatest Generation
Before We Met
Patients Define Their Emergencies
“They Never Listen”
Patient Rapport Landmines


Argumentum ad Antiquitatem
An EMS Organizational Self-Assessment
How Fast Will Things Change?
You Bet Your Life
Jumping to No
Fire Based EMS vs Private EMS
A Deep and Abiding Respect
Why Do Bad Ideas Stick Around?
Think About It
The Normalization of Deviance
Quality Assurance In EMS
EMS, Social Networks and Beer Bongs
What Makes A Great Partner
The Space Between
Be Nice (The Keene Video)
Safe At Home



The Knowledge Category

General Knowledge

5 Tips For New Paramedic Students
15 Things to Know Before Your Next Obstetrical Call
Too Many Kids Get Burned
Heart Attack Symptoms and Women
The Three Collision Rule
Understanding Kinetic Energy and Trauma
The EMT Liability Pop Quiz
Responding to Head Injuries
Types of Brain Hemorrhage
Basic Functions of Abdominal Organs
The EMT Guide to Swine Flu
Five Big Trauma Scene Mistakes You Can Avoid
Just Plain Actin’ Crazy
Lessons I Learned From My First Cardiac Arrest
Medicine Between The Frames
EMS Response to Sexual Assault
Understanding Combative Head Injuries

The “Remember Two Things” Series

Saying Goodbye

The “What Is?” Series

What Is The Parkland Formula?
What Are K2 and Spice?
What is Sepsis Anyway
What is Hypothermia Anyway?
What is Ketosis Anyway?
What is a Pandemic Anyway
What is Muscular Dystrophy Anyway?
What is GHB Anyway?
What is The Good Samaritan Law?
What is The Duty To Act?
What is Epinephrine?
What is Blood Anyway?
What is Nystagmus?

The “Med List” Series

Ace Inhibitors

The “Rapid Diagnosis” Series

Vomiting Blood
“Pinpoint Pupils”

The “Lessons From The Street” Series

Skin Doesn’t Lie

Crowd Sourced Knowledge

Behind Every Great EMT…

The Skills Category

The Protocol / Skills Connection
The Protocol / Skills Breakthrough
The Illusion of Control
L.C.E.S. for EMT’s
Written Protocols vs. Common Sense
Wrong Medicine
Treatment Of Head Injury
EMT Burn Management (Part 3)
Are You Accidentally Inducing Hypothermia?
Trauma Care: 2 Minutes, 2Hours, 2 Weeks
Mastering The Bio-Phone Report
The Blood Stain / Peroxide Trick
The C-Spine / Helmet Issue
“It’s Not My Emergency”
Responding to Hypothermia
How To Get Them To Hang Up The Cell Phone
How To Set Up An IV Line – Firefighter Style
The Art of Using Trauma Shears
CPR Right Now
The Art of The Nasopharyngeal Airway
Seven Flawless Physical Restraint Tips
Get Anyone To Go With You to The Hospital
How To Make Sure Your Hand-off Report Gets Heard
Six Techniques to Nail The IV Every Time
Patients Don’t Buy Backboards
Glucometer Errors
Four Sloppy IV Mistakes You Should Avoid

The Assessment Category

Assessment and Scope of Practice
To Walk or Not To Walk?
Don’t Forget to Ask The Patient
Atypical Cardiac Chest Pain
Beyond the 1-10 Pain Scale
EMT Burn Management (Part 1)
EMT Burn Management (Part 2)
Remembering The Glasgow Coma Score
Head Injury Management (Two Things)
Mastering The Head-To-Toe Assessment
The SOAP Reporting Breakthrough
Using AEIOUTIPS For Altered Mental States
The Three Collision Rule
Understanding OPQRST
Five Assessment Findings That Should Concern You
Describing Pain
7 Signs That Say, “Do Not Resuscitate”
Assessing Dehydration (Infant)

Tests For Unconsciousness

The Hand Drop
The Sternal Rub
The Face Flick

The Ultimate Guide to EMT Vital Signs

The Pulse
The Blood Pressure
The First Rule of Vital Signs
The Art of The Pulse Check




  1. Bryan Goodson says:

    Hello Steve,
    Today I joined your blog and so far it’s been quite helpful. I read a 2009 blog you in which someone asked about age and weather a person who is in their mid 50’s would be to old to begin a new EMT career. I really appreciated your answer and agreed with your spot on view. Since I’m in a very simular position as the previous blogger I would appreciate a current view on the industry and the older new EMT candidate. Steve, I’ve been in medical device implant sales for over 25 years. With the healthcare market so upside down it’s to know if I’ll have any future job security or not. I know that I’ve missed the boat on joining my local fire department do to my age. Where would career advancement come from and where do you see future possibilities for someone like me who is in their early 50’s? I do agree that life experience is a very valuable asset . I really noticed that while in a intorductory EMT class overview at UCLA last month I know I was the oldest person in the room yet I felt like I had life by it’s tail and was about to set sail on a new adventure. Steve, your comments and thoughts would be appreciated.

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