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5 Considerations for the Respiratory Distress Patient

One of the most difficult things of being a new medic is accepting the fact that our patients don’t read the textbooks. They rarely fall into the nice, clearly-defined boxes of symptoms that our instructors described. If the lungs be a-wheezing, hit ‘em with a Duoneb! Right? No? Yeah, not so much. Many patients will […]

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My “Worst Things”

“What’s the worst thing you’ve seen?” Did you cringe when you read that? Hell, I cringed by reflex when I typed it. Like most of you, I withdraw every time I hear the question. A random guy asked me that, again, on the way to lunch the other day. See, I have to wear a […]

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Airway³ – MSMAID – Episode 6

  MSMAID Welcome back! Today’s podcast episode is the next installment in our series on prehospital airway management. Today I review the MSMAID acronym and how we can apply it to our endeavors in EMS. This is a great acronym….and I’m not even an acronym type of guy. I love teaching them though, because they […]

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Myths of Pain Management

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See Something? Say Something! A Word on Critical Incidents

Given the recent attack in Paris that left dozens dead or wounded, I thought it would be an appropriate time to talk about mental health. Many EMS services (and the public safety industry in general) have taken positive steps over the last decade in taking care of their clinicians’ mental health… but other services are […]

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Adventures in ABGs

If you like this post, please share it! Share it with your friends, share it on social media, share it on a bathroom wall…we’ll take anything. Getting the word out about any new project is tough. And DitchMedics.com is still in it’s infancy, so we need your help. Thanks! Intro: Welcome back to DitchMedics.com. Today’s […]

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5 Tips to Improve Your Assessments

Assessment skills are everything in medicine. You’re ability to operate in an advanced care environment is almost entirely dependent upon your ability to properly assess your patient. Yet so many paramedics give assessment but a passing thought. Too much focus is given to treatment, when your treatment strategy is based entirely on assessments! Stop the […]

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Episode 3 – The Lethal Triad

Welcome back! This week we talk about one of my favorite topics…shock. Specifically we’re going to discuss the lethal triad of shock. Sounds like a Chinese organized crime syndicate, right? Well, it might be but today we’re applying the terminology to the condition that develops after major trauma. Understanding this process will position you to […]

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5 Strategies to Avoid Burnout in EMS

BURNOUT!!! Burnout is a risk to every EMS provider. If you’ve done this job fo’ a minute,  you know of what I speak. But if you’re new to the field, you may find burnout to be a foreign concept. “That won’t happen to me!” you say. Don’t worry, we’ve all spoken those words…and then we […]

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Episode 2 – M.A.R.C.H2 – Rapid Trauma Assessment

This week we introduce you to the M.A.R.C.H2 trauma assessment technique. This acronym will help you identify and prioritize the immediate life-threats you might encounter during the first minutes of trauma assessment. This is a useful tool. Take-a-listen and consider how you might incorporate this into your trauma assessment. As always, please comment and leave […]

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