Community Paramedicine

Years ago, I attended a Citizen's Police Academy program sponsored by my local police department.  It was designed to give the general public an insight into how the police department works and foster communications between the police and the … [Continue reading]

A Farewell to the NAEMT

Dear Mr. Zavadsky: First of all, I appreciate your offer to reach out last week after my blog entry regarding my views on what appeared to be NAEMT’s no position of a position statement on the ongoing discussion regarding a degree requirement for … [Continue reading]

Lead, Follow, or Get the Hell Out of the Way

If you've been following any EMS news as of late, you've read about the position paper that paramedics should have a minimum of a two year degree. The position paper was issued by the National Association of EMS Educators, the National EMS Management … [Continue reading]

Election Night (Not what you think)

Election Night brings out the worst in many of us. In large part because of the 24 hour news cycle amplified by social media, we get way too invested in politics and sometimes let our mouth overload our rear. (Pro-tip for those of us who love … [Continue reading]

KISS: Keep It Simple Stupid

When you're involved with EMS social media, you see a lot of stuff scrolling through.  Some of it, like FOAMfrat, does a great job of making advanced life support and critical care concepts easy to understand. Someone much smarter than me said "Smart … [Continue reading]

Another Volunteer Crisis

As sure as the day is long, we can count on the EMS news sites to do a post on the volunteer crisis in fire and EMS organizations. And EMS1 did its part yesterday. And of course, y'all know I have to comment.  So, let's do a rehash and … [Continue reading]

More on the Four Year EMS Degree

So, I'm thinking more about the push for an EMS degree. In theory, I think it's a great idea. But here's a couple of observations.   The "other countries have it" argument. Those other countries also have a national healthcare system where EMS is … [Continue reading]

On The EMS Degree

So, because of a prominent fire chief's article against EMS degrees, all of the usual EMS advocates are coming out for a gradual phase-in of a degree requirement. And it stands to reason that the fire service wants a low entry standard for EMS.  Most … [Continue reading]

Where To Fix EMS

We all know the problems with EMS.  Mostly they revolve around low pay, low standards, and unreliable sources of funding.  Easily fixed, right?  Well, maybe. But there's an ongoing problem in EMS. Most EMS systems operate under the belief that … [Continue reading]

The Social Media Medic

Social media is a wonderful thing.  It truly is.  For me, as both a paramedic and an attorney, it has been a godsend.  I've made a lot of friends that I'd have never known otherwise.  And, especially for medicine, it's exposed me to a lot of new … [Continue reading]