EMS Blogging | Why We Blog

This weeks Office Hours was live as always and although we had some audio issues at times, I think we gave a little insight to why blogging is important to EMS and how it affects what we do and how we move toward change in EMS. I tried to clean the audio as much as possible, so bear with any low points if you can.


Show Notes:

EMS Blog of the Year – click here to vote




Tim Noonan – Rogue Medic

Christopher Watford  from EMS12Lead.com

Steve Whitehead – The EMT Spot

My 12 Lead ECG Secret | Why I Love EMS Bloggers

Before I tell you my 12 lead ECG secret I want to tell you how much I love EMS Bloggers. You know every profession, every industry has its experts, it’s leaders. While they all work in the same field they have people that love a particular facet of it, who master a key part of what they do or who are a champion for a cause. This is part of why I love EMS bloggers. Each has their own way of maybe getting a point across,  focusing on an element of EMS or even how areas outside of EMS can play a part in our every day activities.

Think about someone like Rogue Medic, who has points of view that many of us can agree with, but who also takes a hardline view on topics that while we agree, are not always that easy to change, implement or act upon. The good news is that his postings get people involved, get them thinking and bring to light things that many in EMS just ignore and keep going along to get along.

What about The Social Medic and Droid Medic? These are great blogs that bring those outside areas into EMS and show how they effect us or how we can better use them in the EMS environment.

Greg Friese from Everyday EMS Tips has great articles on nice quick tips you can use in EMS everyday <– Get it? But Greg also gives us a look at EMS conferences and expos and how to get the most out them and I love getting a peek inside his day to day activities as well. Did you know he just ran the NYC Marathon?

Here at EMS Office Hours I try and engage listeners and visitors on topics in EMS and also try and give some insight into things that help me and people I know in EMS and hope that they can use them or even format them into their own personal style. I’m not always right, a lot is based on my opinion or experience. But I hope like Rouge Medic it gets you thinking and talking to your EMS peers.

So, while I offer study help, training guidance and a lot of information on all things EMS. I’m not an expert in everything that is EMS. This is why I love the EMS blog world. I can draw on these experts, opinions and nationwide points of view  when doing my podcast, creating posts and even with products and services on my EMS SEO website. Take mastering 12 Lead ECG interpretation for instance. Here is a topic that while yes, I can read 12 leads and identify a STEMI, there is so much on this  topic and so far that you can go into it that it’s great to have someone like Tom Bouthillet from EMS12lead.com to draw from. I often turn to his blog for help on those 12 leads I come across that just don’t fit the textbook version of a STEMI or ECG irregularity.

Tom has great case studies there and if you visit his blog often you will soon find yourself being more and more comfortable with reading 12 leads, how patients present with varying rhythms and what treatment may or may not do.

Listen, I guess it may not be such a secret about Tom’s blog. But if you haven’t been there in awhile, be sure to bookmark it and visit often. You never know, the next patient you have may fit into one of the cases posted there.

I have posted some links below to other blog favorites and to Tom’s Iphone App “12 Lead ECG Challenge”. Tom teamed up with Limmer Creative on this and so far it’s got all great reviews.  This is a great app for your Iphone or Ipad and gives 150 sample ECG’s and the patients they came from. Pretty cool right?

There is also a web based app that you can view on your computer and it works on your smart phones too. You just have to be logged in and have an internet connection when using it.  What Iphone or Droid doesn’t have that nowadays?

As a side note, I have partnered with Limmer Creative with Turbo Medic and now premium members can get the 12 Lead ECG Challenge web based app as part of their premium membership at Turbo Medic.

Do you see your favorite EMS blog here? If not post yours in the comments and be sure to tell me why you love it and what people can expect from it.

Other EMS Blogs I visit regularly

The EMT Spot
Happy Medic
Hybrid Medic
To Old To Work To Young To Retire
Ambulance Junkie
A Day In The Life Of An Ambulance Driver
Paramedicine 101
Life Under The Lights

The 12 Lead ECG Challenge – if you check out the left side bar you will see the three app versions there. There is a special 20% off promo code for the web based app.

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EMS 2.0 – Making Blog Comments And EMS Social Media

Here is a quick tutorial on how to make comments on EMS blogs and how to share your favorite blog posts with your social media EMS, paramedic and EMT friends. Be sure to comment, like and share.

Have You Joined The EMS Blogging Choir?

Do you follow many EMS blogs? What about projects like Chronicles of EMS or Mutual Aid TV?

This may be your first time reading my blog (welcome) or maybe you have been here before (welcome back). If you do follow blogs then you are already a part of the growing readership of this medium and I hope you continue and take advantage of all that EMS bloggers have to offer. Do you realize though that being a blog reader offers you a unique opportunity to help make the “Blogging Choir” grow.

You see many bloggers and followers are all visiting and following each others postings, podcasts, tweets etc. We are all preaching to the choir, all pretty much like minded and looking to get information out to the masses of EMSdom. Whether it’s based on opinion, research, tips or entertainment. Each blog or Web 2.0 type project produces content that can bring something of interest to all sorts of potential new choir members.

As a current member you can help by spreading the word and bringing new eyes and ears to these blogs and allow others to be able to post their comments and concerns in EMS, “like” in Facebook or “ReTweet” on Twitter and even guest post on many of the blogs.

The EMS blogosphere is only as big as it’s membership. How big that is depends on bloggers giving readers what they want and readers sharing this content with their peers by “liking”, “RT” and commenting on what they see or hear in the ambulance with their partners, during continuing education lectures, in emails to their EMS friends and just about anyplace else people will listen.

Sharing allows EMS professionals to take advantage of all that is available to them to increase their knowledge base, provoke thought and be entertained by their fellow EMSers. 

Use helpful features included in todays modern blogging platforms by utilizing the share buttons, Face Book sidebar tools, Twitter buttons and RSS feeds all designed to give you one click opportunities to share what you read.

Be sure to visit some of the blogs below for even more great content.

The EMT Spot
Authorized Transmissions

The Happy Medic

Comment below with your favorite EMS blogs.