Why Checking The Ambulance Goes Beyond A Check Sheet

EMS1We all have to check the ambulance at the beginning of our shifts. Yes tedious, yes at times it makes you think why you have to look for the ring cutter or occlusive dressing every time. As if someone is moving them around each day playing a little game of EMS Concentration.

Take a listen to this weeks podcast and my take and some tips on the ambulance check off.

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OBL Dead. Now Is Not The Time To Let Our Guard Down

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Courtesy Steven Kanarian 2011, Safety First 4T's MCI Response

With the recent death of Osama Bin Laden, we can finally relax right? Not so fast, safety is still a long way off. It is still vitally important that we keep our vigilance and maintain our own personal safety as EMS providers. That can be easier said than done. How do you approach potentially high profile assignments? Are you on the alert for secondary devices, potential traps and hazards that may not appear to be “out of place”? Listen to Jim and his guests
Tim Noonan, Josh Knapp and Steven Kanarian during this Office Hours as they talk a little about preparation, following rules and truly keeping safety in the balance.

Show Notes:


Josh Knapp of WANTYNU.com

Tim Noonan the Rogue Medic

Steven Kanarian from ParamedicMastery.com


Greg Frieses Terror Related MCI tips can be found here

The free recorded webcast with Steven Kanarian is located here

FEMA Site – This has various links to more information including online training discussed in the podcast.

Webbased self study course on Emergency Response to Terrorism is here.

Run Of V-Tach?

This VRM covers a response to a patient whose internal defibrillator went off. Watch to find out what was found and points you should be thinking about for these EMS call types.

MVA with Loss of Consciousness

Getting caught up in a call type can leave you with tunnel vision. This VRM points out how this can happen and discusses a call that could have been just that. Have you had situations like this? How do you keep on track and avoid treating the call type? Post your comments about your experience.



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Considering MOI in MVA’s

Take a look at the response to a highway accident. While MOI isnt always the best way to decide treatment, many EMS guidelines require that certain treatment be given based on MOI alone. What did the VRM do and what would you have done? Be sure to leave your comments below.