COVID 19, Free Money, and Excuses

This is a bit far afield from my usual blogging about the world of EMS, but if you think big picture above and beyond considering what clinical skills an EMT or paramedic should have, maybe this is exactly about EMS. A couple of things about … [Continue reading]

Early Lessons/Thoughts From COVID-19 for EMS.

Because the science is evolving on COVID-19, we know that the end lessons from this may be different.  But I'd like to throw of my early observations out early for consideration. First and foremost, all of the EMS grants, training, and attention … [Continue reading]

EBM. Do you know what it really means?

Right now, in this time of COVID-19, there's a lot of unknowns. There are known unknowns and unknown unknowns, to borrow a phrase from Donald Rumsfeld. Right now, many of those unknowns, both known and unknown, apply to the treatment and management … [Continue reading]

EMS Continuing “Education”

Time for me to bring up a semi-regular rant again. The Texas Bar requires 15 hours of continuing legal education a year, including 3 hours of ethics. Up to 3 hours can be self-study including 1 hour of ethics. And the Texas Bar specifically mentions … [Continue reading]

My Love Hate Relationship With EMS Social Media

Sorry for the delay in blogging.  None of my usual pet peeves have inspired me to blog as of late.  The truth is that volunteer EMS still has the same challenges and people still put beans in their chili, so maybe I needed to find something new to … [Continue reading]

On Rhode Island

Point of personal privilege here. Because I'm about to rant. And seeing as this is my blog, that's why you're here, right?   Sorry, not sorry, that there aren't any Baby Yoda or cat memes here. There's a ton of people posting memes making fun of … [Continue reading]

Rural EMS and the Rural Hospital Crisis.

One of the best pieces of advice that an attorney gave me as I entered the legal profession was that I should read the news every day.  He told me that you never know what future cases might be in the news.  Being a bit of a nerd for politics and … [Continue reading]

The Matrix

Ever seen The Matrix?  It's one of the weirdest movies I've ever seen.  The folks who created the movie and that entire universe are definitely creative, if not a bit warped.  But there's a scene in there that applies to EMS. In the first Matrix … [Continue reading]

The Paramedic Shortage

My good friend (and I daresay mentor) Dr. Bryan Bledose recently opined on the paramedic "shortage" in the United States. The good doctor mentions several ideas worthy of consideration, including limiting the number of paramedics, improving the … [Continue reading]

And So It Goes

Years ago, my friend Mike Levy used to close out his email blasts on local politics with "and so it goes," implying his despair that things would change or improve.  This morning, I happened to see an EMS colleague post a cartoon about how everyone … [Continue reading]