Active shooter response: Are you physically ready?

Posted on Thu, 3 Jan 2013 18:28:10 UTC
Normally, I am strong believer that paramedics are at their best when they saunter into a scene, slowly walking and looking for clues and risks. But an active shooter incident is going to require repetitive bursts of significant physical activity.

Energy-saving tips for your station

Posted on Tue, 17 Apr 2012 19:03:49 UTC
Earth Day 2012 takes place this Sunday, with events planned held worldwide to increase awareness and appreciation of the Earth's natural environment. So, it's a good time to see what you can do at your agency to save both resources and money.

How this video can "Keep Yourself Safe"

Posted on Thu, 15 Mar 2012 19:06:32 UTC
Consider using this PPE safety video in your EMT Basic or Refresher Class.

CPR class instruction: 5 ways to make it great

Posted on Thu, 16 Feb 2012 22:03:03 UTC
My most recent healthcare provider recertification was memorable for all of the things the instructors did well.

Patient assessments: How to avoid free-for-alls

Posted on Tue, 3 Jan 2012 19:30:18 UTC
Substantial cajoling and adult guidance from mom in a Santa hat was required to initiate an orderly process of taking turns, appreciating a gift after it was opened, and taking occasional pauses for a meal or to welcome additional relatives.

Patient assessment: A non-linear process

Posted on Tue, 29 Nov 2011 18:24:28 UTC
On a skill sheet, patient assessment is presented as a linear process: First size up the scene, then complete the primary assessment followed by the secondary assessment.

Blood pressure reading tips and tricks for EMS

Posted on Tue, 15 Nov 2011 18:16:16 UTC
One of the things I'm most often asked by students and rookie EMTs is, "Kelly, how am I supposed to hear a blood pressure in the back of the rig?"

How to use Slideshare for EMS

Posted on Tue, 25 Oct 2011 17:25:45 UTC
Slideshare is an online community and tool for sharing presentations.

How to get optimal battery life from your devices

Posted on Tue, 18 Oct 2011 14:44:16 UTC
The batteries in your wireless cell phone, tablet or laptop are probably not the same old Duracells you used in your childhood walky-talkies.

U-turn for the OB patient

Posted on Wed, 14 Sep 2011 00:03:14 UTC
If you have an OB patient about to deliver, do a U-Turn and put the patient backwards on the gurney. By placing their head at the "foot" of the gurney, this allows you to work out of the captain's chair and gives you more room. The hardest part of doing this is getting your partner to place the patient in this position. Old habits are hard to break and it may feel odd, but once in the truck ...