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Do EMS Providers Always Know What to Do ?

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The entire country is in shock and mourning at the evil that has been inflicted on our children. SEMSNation sends it’s deepest and most sincere condolences to the victims families and we also send our prayers to our law enforcement and EMS family who did a wonderful job, but must live with these images in [...]

What’s a Duty to Retreat ?

Roy and Johnny are at the hospital talking to nursing staff enjoying a moment of downtime in the mist of a very busy shift. The radio comes alive “Medic 1 respond for an injured person on the street, 1208 O’Donnell Street, the time is 127hours, Medic 1 acknowledge”. Johnny grabs his portable and responds, “Medic [...]

What would a reasonable man do ?

Recently Super Storm Sandy hit the east coast of the United States. Where I reside received nothing more than a little rain, but New Jersey and New York where not so fortunate. After the storm Maryland sent a contingent of EMS providers to New Jersey to assist with the aftermath. I was a little concerned [...]

INTERNAL AFFAIRS: Communicating During a Tragedy

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy this seems like a very fitting repost…especially while our brothers and sisters are still in harms way in New Jersey & New York God Bless To clarify I did not write this article it appeared December 1, 2006 in EMSWorld Magazine … Someone representing himself as working on behalf [...]

Sports Safety Systems Go High Tech

Every medic has been there at least once; you are attending to a patient and you encounter something completely new. It could be a medication you have never seen, or a disease you have never heard of. For an event medic, it is often a sports safety system we have never seen and we often [...]

Analog or Digital ?

A few years ago an old friend contacted me. He began to explain that he had been injured at on the job and forced to retire. I asked him what he was going to do ? he said he was up for a job with Federal Government , but he would have to go back [...]

What Is The First Rule ?

In 18 years of Special Events medicine, with more than 10,000 events under my belt I have realized there are three rules every event planner should be aware of.   Rule Number 1: This is not a mass casualty incident (MCI) , but simply a special event. Rule Number 2: No matter how much money [...]

Wanna Help Returning Soldiers ?

A couple blogs ago I was reminiscent about a night working for the fire department when my partner and I where in a physical confrontation with two Recon Marines that where on leave and intoxicated. (Will You Survive Your Next Stand By ?)Without retelling the whole story, they got into a fight with some local [...]