Objectivity and Patient Care

Objectivity and Patient Care

A Guest Post by Sean Fontaine I love posting articles controversial enough to warrant a disclaimer. Today I have the pleasure of bringing you another post by guest author Sean Fontaine. Sean is a … [Read more...]

Coping With Victims Emotions

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Today we have a guest post from Sally Davison. Sally is one of the masterminds behind the website FireScienceDegree.com. If you're looking for a degree in fire science, Sally's site offers what just … [Read more...]

Patients Define Their Emergencies (Part 2)


True Story... The dispatch information was updated before we had even rolled our rig out onto the pad. Eye injury, no serious symptoms. Jodie shut down the lights and I informed dispatch that we'd be … [Read more...]

Fire Based EMS vs. Private EMS

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"In Germany they first came for the communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the … [Read more...]

The Illussion of Control

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Part two of a two part series on scene presence. Part one is here. While we're talking about scene presence, I think it's important to bring this one up. I've hesitated to talk about the illusion of … [Read more...]

To Walk or Not To Walk?

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The Happy Medic (THM) recently posted a fantastic topic on his blog. I love diving into controversial decisions that we have to make every shift. Here's one of those questions that we need to answer … [Read more...]

Credibility and Redundancy

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I'm going to make an important point and I need you to pay attention. That sentence, the one I just wrote. The one about saying something important. That was a redundant statement. And it undermined … [Read more...]

Don’t Be A Jerk


I didn't draw the graph at right. It was made by a woman named Jessica Hagy over at www.thisisindexed.com. Jessica is not in the medical profession. She draws her observations about the world on index … [Read more...]

Don’t Forget To Ask The Patient


Let the young know they will never find a more interesting, more instructive book than the patient himself. ~Giorgio Baglivi It was nearly two decades ago that I knelt on the floor before Sammy in … [Read more...]

The Ultimate EMS Protocol


I don't handle the card much anymore. It stays inside a plastic sleeve in my planner. The edges are worn and the words are faded. It wasn't printed on kind of paper that travels well in a wallet for … [Read more...]