The “I Can’t Breathe” Myth

This episode asks:

When a patient says “I can’t breathe” How can we tell if they are telling the truth? Should that even be part of the assessment?


Being eased into 911 or thrown in the deep end. Which is better?

What to do when you’re in a self taught EMS program

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Will The Pandemic Be The “Thing” To Push EMS Forward?

On episode “this one” Jim, Dave and Josh talk about the growing changes in EMS since the pandemic began. Working in mobile units, ED overflows, giving vaccines and now working with mental health professionals as part of non emergent response.

Plus the increased role Community Paramedics are also playing to help provide better care and mitigate the spread of COVID.

Questions asked are:

Is this moving EMS forward?

Should we be financially compensated for it?

Should we just welcome the growth?

Or perhaps we should question some of these like the mental health response.

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How EMS1 Chooses Content

This weeks podcast is joined by’s Greg Friese. Greg took some time with Jim to discuss just how a big EMS site like chooses content to show it’s readers.

This was a very interesting episode and will give you a behind the scenes peek at where all that content and subject matter comes from when you click on that EMS1 link.

Plus Greg and Jim talk about click bait headlines and the idea of when a subject is “too soon”.

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Meeting EMS Student Expectations

ems transportEMS educators are challenged with meeting student expectations. What do new candidates in EMS expect from the learning experience and what they will see in the field?

So how to we teach new EMS providers what’s real in EMS?

This week I am joined by Thomas Nagel a paramedic, RN and EMS educator in NC, who shares his insights into meeting student expectations. We also talk about some EMS dogma with regards to EMS educators themselves. All this plus tips on helping students of all provider levels and experiences build up their cache of what is normal for patients.

Take a listen below and be sure to leave your thoughts and comments.

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The Factors Of Influence In EMS

EMS1This week Jim and Josh talk about what influences us as EMS providers when it comes to patient care and transport. They also bring up the subject of what influences management when it comes to how we operate in the field and what the individual provider can do in order to change those decisions.

This was a great episode join by David Brenner as well who had some great input on this topic. Take a listen and leave your thoughts below on what influences you day to day in EMS.


Are You Passionate About EMS?

EMS1This week Jim and Josh discussed peoples passion for EMS vs. those who are just passing through. They also talked about the EMS role in large planned MCIs like the NYC Marathon, Direct to Medic programs and a few other fun topics. Something for everyone as always on the show.

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The Best Of The ProMed Network | So Far 2013

EMS Something very special this week as I highlight the Best of The ProMed Network. Take a listen to these podcast cutouts on avoiding injury in EMS, challenges of a volunteer reorganization, pain management, an EMS ReKindle and being an ambulance driver.

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Show links mentioned

1 Union 801 the Webcast

The MedicCast


EMS Leadership

EMS Office Hours

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EMS Rapid Fire Show | December 2012

We love the first show of the month since it lets us talk about a bunch of topics and open the floor to the listeners so any topic is fair game. This time around we highlight ambulances getting booted, FDNY Chief no confidence vote and transporting patient family members in the ambulance and even if they should be there at all.

Plus for December, we will be giving away a gift each show. But in order to claim the gift you have to listen and get the special code referenced. So take a listen and be the first to post the code word mentioned in the comments below to claim this weeks gift.

Show notes

Thanks to Bob, Dave, Joe Paczkowski 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

Communication Failures | Part III Management

Part three in this series talks about communicating with EMS management. Have you ever felt like management isn’t listening? The QA/QI guy is out to get you? Your supervisor just doesn’t seem to remember she was on the ambulance once. Listen in to this episode and maybe get some insight to the back rooms of management and what goes on behind that door. Why you should care and how you can be a part of it.