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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 […]

See Something? Say Something! A Word on Critical Incidents

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]