2018 Neal Award Finalist for EMS1 column

My EMS1 column has been named a finalist in the 2018 ABM Jesse H. Neal Awards, a b-to-b award program honoring editorial excellence. Three columns are featured in the ballot. What President Trump gets wrong about the opioid...

In Fashion Again

Gun control, that is. After the Parkland high school student, we are informed that gun control is all the rage again. Since it’s an election year, this is a hot button issue and the...

What the MUCC? Evidence based MCI triage method

The Model Uniform Core Criteria for Mass Casualty Incident Triage, or MUCC, is a standard set of guidelines that all mass casualty triage systems should follow. The MUCC is intended to ensure consistency among responders...

Is Your EMS Boss Complaining About You?

We all complain from time to time on the job. The patients, the calls, the nurses, our agencies and management all find a place on the “gripe vine”. But when you find yourself always complaining...

Social Media Use In EMS

As my readers might have noticed, I’m not a big fan of EMS providers using Social Media. To be clear, they should be able to do as they want, but it’s all too easy...

Living In The 18th Century

Or at least living like we were in it. We had a storm last Friday. The weather guessers were hyping the crap out of it as they hype the crap out of every storm. “Storm...

EMS in the Warm Zone, Ambulance Collisions

EMS belongs in the warm zone Florida officials and anonymous first responders are disputing if paramedics were blocked from entering the Parkland high school scene, delayed from caring for victims or simply doing what they...

Inside EMS Podcast: I Can’t Stand My Partner. What Do I Do?

On this week’s episode of Inside EMS, co-host Chris Cebollero and I address a listener question on how to deal with the problem partner. Most times, personality conflicts can be resolved with good communication...

March 2, 1836

Today is Texas Independence Day. Herewith the people of the Texas territory of Mexico declared their independence. Hostilities had begun some time before, but the formal Declaration came on March 2. The document, much like...

EMS In Mass Shootings

What is the proper role of EMS in mass shootings? Early on in EMT training, then again, in paramedic school, students are exposed to a lot of training scenarios. They cover a wide variety of...