What Are Your EMS Talking Points?

EMS This week we give some teaser content on upcoming episodes and want your feedback, your talking points and your opinions on some popular EMS topics. We hope to get the dialogue started in October with topics like EMS pay, being a hobbyist or professional in the EMS world, cops giving Narcan and responsibilities shows and websites have when it comes to the perception of EMS to the masses.

Take a listen and leave your comments below, over on Facebook or send Jim an email. This show is about you the EMS professional and your thoughts, struggles and ideas as much as it is about our own.

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The EMS Identity, Who Are We?

medicsmalefemaleYou may have seen many times how EMS has an identity crisis. If you take a step back, it really is no wonder. It seems we are forever trying to come up with a name, what that name means and what anyone who holds that name can or can’t do.

Does it start at EMT and end with Community Paramedic? Ambulance driver or Nurse?

This week we ask the question “How can we decide on a name when we can’t decide on the job we want to do?”

Should we be sticking with what we know before trying to look at other things that may be mucking up the gears? Josh ponders “Maybe we should get under the nursing umbrella”.

Take a listen to this very lively episode and share what you think EMS should really be.

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ED EMS Wait Times and DC EMS NYE Sickout

EMS How long have you waited for a bed at the ED? Did you or should you continue all patient care while you wait? We discussed this on the show along with the NYE DC EMS sick out where more than 100 providers called in sick on New Years Eve, coincidence or deliberate? Take a listen and post your thoughts below in the comments.

Show Notes:

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Articles from show-

EMS1 – DC call out

Blog post by Bob over at EMS Patient Perspective

Thanks to Josh Knapp, Bob Sullivan and John Broyles for joining in the conversation.

EMS On The Front Lines | Can We Ever Be Ready?

Sadly, it seems like more tragedies and disasters are becoming a regular occurrence. This forces EMS into the front lines of these events and takes us rapidly from the nursing home patient or sick call to an all out multiple patient scenario involving situations and patients we are not always ready to encounter.

No matter how much training we have, can we ever truly be ready to see and deal with what we may roll up on. Mentally if not physically.

Take a listen to myself and Josh Knapp in this episode as we discuss these types of events, is there any real EMS preparation we can do and pre and post reactions. What can help us going into 2013 as we realize more than ever before how we are indeed on the front lines?

Thanks to those in the chat room including John Broyles from 1 Union 801 The Podcast who will have the first podcast post Mayan end of days.

Check out this pdf on Active Shooter reaction tips

Did they tell you about that? EMS surprises

You’re an EMS provider. You’ve listened to your instructor, supervisor, FTO and anyone else who can give you that insight into the world of EMS right?  But did they ever tell you about certain things you will see, be asked to use or be prepared to act on?  At what point does it become your responsibility to know about these surprises? Take a listen as Josh Knapp and I discuss this along with the Chat room.

Show notes:

Free webinar replay of  “In The Field: Patients With Implanted Pacers and ICD’s”



The October Rapid Fire Show

This is a monthly favorite. Join us as we discuss hot topics on the web and the blogosphere. Anything goes and you never know who is going to show up.

This time around we discuss when to slap a patient and why a blanket isn’t good for anyone.

Show Notes

Thanks to Dave, Walter, Joe and John for joining us and lending their insight.

The Hudson Valley Paramedic Association

Dave Aber from EMS Difference

Josh Knapp over at WANTYNU

John Broyles from the 1 Union 801 podcast

Articles mentioned



EMS Continuing Education

EMS Continuing Education


Is EMS One Big Toxic Environment?

I think we can all agree that EMS is a tough job. Patients, family members, nurses, docs, police, fire, the UPS guy. All the things that can make our jobs easier or harder, depending on many variables.

Add to that what seems to be an often toxic work environment, its no wonder it gets to be a kill or be killed theme out there. Every man and woman for themselves.

So in this episode, we ask why are our work environments so toxic? What underlines the causes and what are some key things we can do as individuals and as a group to make things better?

Show Notes

Thanks to Bob, Dave, Joe and John for joining us and lending their insight.

Bob Sullivan at EMS Patient Perspective

Dave Aber from EMS Difference

Josh Knapp over at WANTYNU

John Broyles from the 1 Union 801 podcast

Articles mentioned



National Curriculum, EMS Titles and Hurdles

New titles and changes in EMS levels present some challenges to EMS. Some states are leaving certain level names as is, some are adding another level. These changes also present a challenge to the volunteers in EMS and funding available.

Shouldn’t every state adopt what the National Curriculum has presented? Is this a death knoll to the volunteer system or a chance for them to embrace and meet the changes that look to improve the EMS profession?

Take a listen to this session an give your point of view on the EMS transitions.

Show Notes

Thanks to Tim and Bob for joining us and lending their insight.

Tim Noonan at Rogue Medic

Bob Sullivan at EMS Patient Perspective

Josh Knapp over at WANTYNU

Article mention at The Happy Medic is here

Check out the blog post mentioned during the show by Kelly Grayson here

Thanks to John Br for joining in the chat. Check out his podcast over at 1-Union-801

EMS Zebra Hunting Or Doing What’s Right?

This week we revisit a bit the idea of Zebra Hunting in EMS. Do you see more paramedics needing to do interventions than others? Do they have more patients who need saving or are they over reacting or hunting for something that isn’t there?

Take a listen to this episode and give your opinion below

Show notes

Josh from WANTYNU.com

Tim Noonan from RogueMedic.com

After Hours | The Secret Files

This week both Josh and I had some pressing engagements so we couldn’t do a live show. So, I went and pulled some audio from recordings we did at some of the “after hours” of the live episodes.

Take a listen to these never before heard recordings on topics like EMT’s that steal, pronouncing patients DOA when they are not, ICS, MCI drills and EMS mentoring.

Show notes

Josh Knapp at WANTYNU

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