In Defense of NY EMTs Accused of Ignoring Dying Patient

Posted by on Apr 9, 2014 in Articles & Columns
In Defense of NY EMTs Accused of Ignoring Dying Patient

A recent New York Daily News headline exclaimed: “City medic who failed to help pregnant Au Bon Pain worker dying of asthma attack dodges lawsuit” while another headline said “Case Against Lazy EMT Workers Dismissed on Technicality” and across the internet, blogs and news articles reopen this wound with similarly objectionable headlines. Once again, sensationalism […]

You Never Know Who is Watching

Posted by on Sep 3, 2013 in Articles & Columns, EMS Industry News
You Never Know Who is Watching

Much of my livelihood comes from evaluating, discussing, and correcting the performance of various Emergency Medical Services Providers. Sometimes my presence is known, other times it is not; sometimes I am just a face in the crowd…but I am watching. Last Saturday evening, I was at Lions Field in Fullerton. I was there to see […]

A Deeper Look at EMS Providers on Strike

A Deeper Look at EMS Providers on Strike

You went to school. You studied. You trained. You tested and you passed. You are either certified as an EMT or licensed as a paramedic. And you paid for it all by yourself — or are continuing to make payments all by yourself. You have worked very hard to put yourself in a position to announce […]

A Drunk is NOT a Drunk!

A Drunk is NOT a Drunk!

I’m beginning to empathize with Sisyphus. In Greek mythology, he was punished by being forced to roll an immense boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll back down, and destined to repeat this action forever. That is what it feels like when I hear stories about paramedics who dismiss patients based on what […]

Is it time to arm EMS providers?

Posted by on Apr 26, 2013 in Articles & Columns

Initially, the idea of EMS providers carrying guns seemed cool to me, but so did being a sunscreen applier on a topless beach; then I saw a topless beach and who actually goes there…be careful what you wish for. The once anodyne and utterly neutral environment that was EMS has clashed with a world that […]

Lessons from a Rogue Ex-Cop

Lessons from a Rogue Ex-Cop

There is no excuse. There is no excuse for killing the innocent children of those with whom you have had a disagreement. There is no excuse for killing innocent people simply because they happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. There is no excuse for killing cops. Let there be no […]

In a Sling…a Pelvic Sling

Posted by on Feb 15, 2013 in Articles & Columns, EMS Industry News
In a Sling…a Pelvic Sling

Most emergency medical services carry pelvic binders and protocols call for their use. But too often the patient arrives at the emergency department without a binder in place. Are we opening ourselves up to risk? Managing pelvic fractures: Best practices Timely stabilization of pelvic fractures is now a standard of trauma care. Pelvic fractures are […]

Creating a culture of excellence

Posted by on Feb 13, 2013 in Articles & Columns, EMS Industry News
Creating a culture of excellence

Sometimes, it is almost as if I don’t recognize the world around me anymore. Pop stars are getting younger and younger, but showing more and more skin. The weather has become breaking news. Snowboarding is an Olympic sport and, as pointed out by General Larry Platt, everywhere I look, I see kids “…looking like a […]

Top 5 answers that could save your EMS career

Posted by on Feb 12, 2013 in Articles & Columns, EMS Industry News
Top 5 answers that could save your EMS career

Orignially Published by EMS1.com In 2012, I was fortunate enough to continue my travels around the country speaking to hundreds of EMS providers at a variety of conferences, meetings and private education sessions. I got to meet and chat with a wide range of providers and, dare I say, I made some new friends.Of course, […]

The Trouble with EMS Slogans

Posted by on Feb 12, 2013 in Articles & Columns, EMS Industry News
The Trouble with EMS Slogans

“Proudly Serving the City of…” – “Commitment, Compassion, Care” “Professionalism, Integrity, Pride” – “Honor, Service, Excellence” These are a few of the types of mottos or slogans I see all the time on the sides of EMS vehicles both public and private service; carefully selected descriptors intended to instill some degree of confidence in the […]