Pain Tolerance and the 1 – 10 Scale

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Last night I watched a friend of mine break a stack of bricks with his bare hand. As a trained martial artist he's no stranger to breaking things with his body. In fact, he's been putting his hands … [Read more...]

101 Things We Should Teach Every New EMT

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1) You aren't required to know everything. 2) You are required to know the foundational knowledge and skills of your job. No excuses. 3) Always be nice. It's a force multiplier. 4) There is … [Read more...]

All Medics Should Be Armed

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A comment by Skip Kirkwood I think medics should be armed........with Verbal Judo and other established training in defusing violent situations....with the Escaping Violent Encounters course from … [Read more...]

Try Being Brave

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"Just for a second...just, try being brave."      - Despereaux James is working at a fire station where one of the volunteer officers often shows up for calls intoxicated. Sometimes he drives the … [Read more...]

Seven Hard Truths About EMS That Will Make You Better

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Having worked in EMS for over two decades now, I've come to grasp a few hard truths that, once you accept, can improve your job experience tremendously. I'll warn you at the start that this post lacks … [Read more...]