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Weekly Link Post 8/15/15

I’m a little late on posting this weeks links for interesting articles I’ve read, but if you’re off of work this can be an excellent opportunity to read some very good writing. Each of these articles brings with it a very unique take on a subject and they are all worth the few minutes they take to read. Hope you enjoy.

EMSWorld – Busting Trauma Myths

We all know some of these trauma myths, we all may have followed them at one point or another. Some of us still have to follow them due to protocol. This is a great article with tons of references for those wanting to delve deeper into a specific issue.

Medic Madness – How to not be that medic in 12 easy steps

Humorous but very honest and completely true. I find it hard to stomach that probably “that medic” is the only one that won’t be reading this post.

USA Today – Cities put nurse practitioners alongside paramedics

The growing problem of ER congestion for complaints that do not deserve to be there is causing EMS services with hospitals to come up with interesting solutions. This pilot program in Anaheim, California is aimed at reducing these problems and could be a catalyst for other changes around the country.

CNN – How doctors want to die

Zocalo – How Doctors Die

These last two links are on two articles describing how doctors are usually choosing no extraordinary measures in the case of their death. I found both articles very interesting and decided to casually ask around the station what most medics would prefer. I was amazed, though I shouldn’t have been, that most would immediately say DNR. Some would put in the stipulation that if it was a reversible cause that was easily identifiable to go ahead and try to save them, but if it was something like a stroke, heart attack or massive trauma that lead to immediate death then they did not want CPR or intubation done. Some of the reasons were just how vicious CPR is, how resuscitation attempts do involve a lot of trauma on a patient. A different reason that came to light was that there is a slim chance that the body will be saved, but the patient will become completely bedridden. This was very high on the list as to why they would not want to be brought back. The thought of being a permanent patient for the rest of their lives is horrifying.

What are your thoughts? Would you want everything to be done on you to bring you back from the dead? What if you were brought back but were now completely paralyzed and would never be able to move freely again?

I hope you found some of these posts interesting and informative. As always if you have any questions or want to share one of your posts feel free to send me message. Until next time stay safe out there.

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Weekly Link Post 8/6/15

I read a lot of blogs and posts about EMS. Many times I store the information on my computer and many times I don’t publish it because the post just gets too long, sometimes it just doesn’t get done. I’m hoping to remedy some of this by posting once per week about good articles, information or blogs that I see and take notice in. I will add a quick little description about what the articles are about with the hope that you can go and check them out on your own. If anyone has any articles or blog posts that you think would be good for us to read feel free to send us an email and let us know. I’m always eager to read good quality content.

Medic Madness – Why Paramedics are Going to Lose Intubation:

I wrote a little bit about this in my post about intubations, this is still a great read. Explains some of the major pitfalls that are still active in EMS education. Take a read and understand that it is truth he is saying, no matter how much I wish he wasn’t.

EMS1.com – EMT refused to respond; I can’t find a reason to withhold judgement:

The story has dominated a lot of social media. A medic is being sent to help in a pediatric cardiac arrest in a first response vehicle as an ambulance is sent from a longer distance away. The medic not only refuses to respond at that time, but never even arrives.

WHNT.com – New pilot program will increase the number of paramedics statewide:

Paramedic shortages are not new, new program is putting students done with their general education requirements into a straight to paramedic program. The first year is about to begin and I’m sure many are waiting to see what the outcome will be.

The Morning Call – Man overdosing on synthetic marijuana knocks out paramedic with kick:

Paramedic knocked out as overdose patient becomes combative. Synthetic marijuana is blamed and the problem is growing.

INDYSTAR – Paramedic fired for her diabetes wins disability discrimination suit:

I have been asked about this in the past. Does a disease such as diabetes prevent you from working in EMS? Recent court ruling would point to a resounding no. It wasn’t just that the medic was fired, but that the medical director had clear directions on how to proceed and what steps needed to be taken to allow the medic to work and were ignored.

Hope you enjoy some of these and remember to let me know if you have any articles or posts you have enjoyed. They can be recent or just very well written pieces you would like to share. Until then stay safe out there.