Archive for May, 2012

Funny turtle

Saw this on Emergency Medical Services FB page.



Memorial day


Call to arms.

I have a dream…..and while it may not be as altruistic as Martin Luther King Jr.s, it is a dream I want to work towards. I firmly believe that we can all be the bearers of change. We can create change out of pure will, hard work, perseverance and focus. I have a dream that we can become more than what we are, we are a profession. We are vital. Let me explain: I have two dreams.

Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. – MLK Jr

Another EMS week has come and gone and as usual it was underwhelming. I don’t know about you guys but we got lunches and a few door prizes. A few extra nods and, “Happy EMS week” that most medics I know scoffed at. So my first dream is that this time next year, when the same EMS week comes along, it will be An Event. A week long celebration of EMS. Of what we do. Of who we are. A celebration of those we have saved, those we have helped.

I cannot do this alone obviously. I live and work in Texas and will help light the fire here, but I will need your help elsewhere. I will need your help everywhere. I see a week of joy spreading thought the EMS community. Let’s be proud of who we are, let’s celebrate. Come on EMS. I know you know how to celebrate!

I am working on a set of videos I will be releasing next year showing the appreciation of patients and their families towards EMS. I am also working on giveaways and prizes to go on throughout the EMS week. More importantly I want the public to understand that for one week I will not be judging medics, I and those that join me will be honoring all of us in this profession.

Obviously there is a lot of work to be done. I am not naive. We need many people to be willing to put in hours, work and maybe even some tears. I already have a few people in mind I will be contacting but I know I’m at the tip of the iceberg. Any ideas, suggestions and volunteer to help will be greatly welcome.

So the first thing to do is start planning on what we have to do to make next EMS week a week to remember.

The second thing I dream is far harder to realize. It is also far more important. I want to improve EMS. Not just a medic or two. But the whole of EMS. From here till next year I hope to help as much as I can. I have a few ideas I’m kicking around and hope to start soon. For now I proclaim this:

To those that love EMS as much as I do, I welcome you to this journey. I will help you as much as I can, I will do what I can with what I have. I also put those that are against EMS on notice, I am not your friend. I will not sit idly by on the sidelines any longer. Let us take a next step. Let us see what we can accomplish in a year.

Then shatter that record the following.

“the people that are trying to make the world worse never take a day off , why should I? Light up the darkness” – Bob Marley

Let’s light it up.

Awesome quote, remember if you can’t say it better just quote them.


Top 10 ways to celebrate the last EMS Week ever

I recently came upon an article from that posed the question if the end of the world was coming in December, what would be the best ways to celebrate EMS week for the last time? I especially liked their suggestion:

Hold a mass oxygen therapy seminar for nursing home nurses. It works just like a mass CPR training event but is much simpler. Divide your nurses into teams of two, and issue each team a soft, fluffy pillow. Have team members take turns holding the pillow over their partners’ faces while paramedics with megaphones roam the crowd, barking, “This is what it feels like to your hypoxic patients when you administer oxygen via face mask at two liters per minute!”

I especially enjoyed it because me and my partner had just come back from a nursing home where we went into a room for a patient in respiratory distress and found a non-rebreather mask on the patient going at 3 liters per minute. My partner tried to explain that this mask needed to be kept at a higher flow rate. Their response? “The oxygen tank would run out of oxygen faster.”

It’s amazing to me that no matter where we work we always seem to run into some of the same problems.

It is a very good and funny article and you should go check it out here: Top 10 ways to celebrate the last EMS Week ever

It got me thinking. How would I celebrate EMS week if it was the last EMS week ever? How would you all? The world is ending and you can celebrate EMS week any way you want. What would you do?


Journalism. Your supposed to be professional.

I understand journalists have to sell. They get paid to write articles that people are going to read. They should at least provide the actual news and not sensationalize it. Case in point an article on EMS from an ABC affiliate about the medics in North Carolina where they make a blatant attack on the providers there.

ABC EMS story

In the story they make it sensational that they discovered such things as:

But an I-Team review of disciplinary records for paramedics and EMTs across North Carolina for the past five years uncovered alleged behavior that may leave some wondering exactly who is in that ambulance coming to help.

We found multiple reports of misconduct in four key categories:

Cheating on exams
Criminal activity
Drug and alcohol problems
Misconduct on the job
The list of criminal charges that caused paramedics and EMTs to be stripped of their credentials includes:

Felony death by vehicle and driving while impaired
Felony indecent liberties with a child
Sexual exploitation of a minor
Child abuse
Felony embezzlement
Identity theft and credit card fraud

It does sound bad right? In fact when taken on just what’s stated it sounds horrible. As Ambulancesriverfilespoints out this was not the whole story. As the article Compare and contrast points out of all the disciplinary actions on the medics of North Carolina

That’s 40 out of 38,000, over a period of eleven years.

That’s 0.1% of North Carolina EMS personnel disciplined over 11 years.

Making that point wouldn’t be in the interest of good journalism, why? Because that would be presenting the facts. That’s not the purpose of journalism anymore I guess. Great job ambulancedriverfiles for finding this article and bringing some balance to the story. I don’t know about everyone else but I for one will be visiting the ABC article and leaving a comment letting them know what I think of their shoddy reporting.

Bertrand Russell Three things he lived for

What I Have Lived For

Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind. These passions, like great winds, have blown me hither and thither, in a wayward course, over a great ocean of anguish, reaching to the very verge of despair.
I have sought love, first, because it brings ecstasy – ecstasy so great that I would often have sacrificed all the rest of life for a few hours of this joy. I have sought it, next, because it relieves loneliness–that terrible loneliness in which one shivering consciousness looks over the rim of the world into the cold unfathomable lifeless abyss. I have sought it finally, because in the union of love I have seen, in a mystic miniature, the prefiguring vision of the heaven that saints and poets have imagined. This is what I sought, and though it might seem too good for human life, this is what–at last–I have found.

With equal passion I have sought knowledge. I have wished to understand the hearts of men. I have wished to know why the stars shine. And I have tried to apprehend the Pythagorean power by which number holds sway above the flux. A little of this, but not much, I have achieved.

Love and knowledge, so far as they were possible, led upward toward the heavens. But always pity brought me back to earth. Echoes of cries of pain reverberate in my heart. Children in famine, victims tortured by oppressors, helpless old people a burden to their sons, and the whole world of loneliness, poverty, and pain make a mockery of what human life should be. I long to alleviate this evil, but I cannot, and I too suffer.

This has been my life. I have found it worth living, and would gladly live it again if the chance were offered me.

Bertrand Russell- (May 18, 1872 – February 2, 1970)