Author Archives: Derrick

My “Worst Things”

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“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 […]

Airway³ – MSMAID – Episode 6

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  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 […]

Myths of Pain Management

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Adventures in ABGs

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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 […]

5 Tips to Improve Your Assessments

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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 […]

Episode 3 – The Lethal Triad

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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 […]

5 Strategies to Avoid Burnout in EMS

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

Failure to Train is Training to Fail

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Do you work in an atmosphere that demands high performance? Do you train enough to be at the top of your profession? No? Well….it’s probably not your fault.  I remember the feeling of being a young EMT. It was exciting. Every call was a new adventure. Each time I applied a new skill or utilized […]

CotW #3 – “Pop Quiz Hotshot!”

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Here is the third installment of our case of the week. This week we’re going to do something different. I’ll present three patients and some pertinent info. You tell me what your differential/field diagnosis thoughts are and what treatment options you might pursue with these patients. (Yes… in the real world you would have more information at […]

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