Understanding Kinetic Energy and Trauma

With every trauma call we run, there are two things that are almost absolute certainties. And I don't mean that in the tongue-in-cheek sense, like, "We are certain that the elderly fall victim will … [Read more...]

The Illussion of Control

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...]

Mastering The Head-To-Toe Assessment

You probably practiced your head-to-toe assessment a bunch in your EMT class. Maybe more than any other skill in the EMT curriculum. If your class was or is anything like mine (as a student or a … [Read more...]

Treatment of Head Injury

Part three of a three part series In our last two installments we looked at the way heads get injured and the various ways the brain tends to bleed. In this, our last installment in the head injury … [Read more...]

Understanding Combative Head Injuries

Big biker dude strained against the double layers on tape across his forehead and it occurred to me that the act of c-spine seemed pointless if the patient insisted on fighting violently against the … [Read more...]

5 Big Trauma Scene Mistakes You Can Avoid

We all have our good calls and our bad calls. Don't we? Sometimes things just flow. Sometimes the patient, the bystanders, the crew members, everyone just clicks. And it's beautiful. It's like that … [Read more...]