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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 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 [...]

Proper Hydration & Cold Weather Events

During the summer months there is a heightened awareness of the importance of proper hydration. Unfortunately as the weather gets cooler people are not as cognizant of the significance of proper hydration. Event organizers and medical personnel need to be aware that it is still important to make sure the participants are properly hydrated even [...]

Do You Always Play Till The Whistle.

This week’s blog isn’t about EMS, Special Events or Martial Arts it’s kinda about life in general. As everyone knows by now I was a tournament level tennis player and played through college. I stopped playing around age 25 and just stated again this year after being elbowed in the eye twice during a pick [...]

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 did we learn today ?

I would like to share a short story about a lesson I learned a long time ago and have never forgotten. In my current position I have the opportunity to meet and work with many young medics. I was conversing with one the other day and I said ,”I don’t like teaching some new medics” [...]

Wanted Beautiful Model

Last week I talked about the 3 rules of Event Response Planning(ERP). I briefly touched on a major error I see time and again. All too often EMS services employ law enforcement response models in place of an EMS appropriate response model. Using the incorrect model is not only financially costly but may not meet [...]

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 [...]

How Is Your Crowd Feeling Today ?

There is growing sentiment in the psychology community that fundamentally humans have only 3 emotional states , fear, joy, and anger. This school of thought is gaining traction as it explains the three dominate types of unruly crowd behavior event medical staffs are likely to encounter. The panicked crowd in which fear is the dominant [...]