No such thing as a gut feeling

How many times have you heard another medic say they had a “gut feeling” just before a call went sideways. When you hear that, did you nod sagely? Chalking it up to what we all just accept without question? A few close calls over the years have made me think about that “gut feeling”. What is […]

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Another Brick in the Wall

Ok, a recent Facebook post prompted me to write this post. A fellow medic (from another service somewhere in the USA) posted: “I’ve been doing this for 10 years, but how do you get the image of a 10-year-Olds broken body out of your mind. Especially when your kids are 9 and 11. All I keep see [sic] is […]

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SOAP? Who needs SOAP? (we all do)

  No one likes to write charts. Not really. Sure some hate it less than others, but between writing charts and being out there on the streets, writing charts loses. Well, on one site or another, someone was once again asking how should he/she write a chart. Everyone chimed in, not a few recommending the most painful, […]

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What is a “Slovis Drill”?

NOTE: This originally was published on my old blog page in 2013.  Every FTO has a “bag of tricks”. Little things that they pull out of their butt that can save a trainee from certain career-ending doom.  I have quite a few. I have mapping tests and drills, mandatory books to read, about 20 Gigs of medical […]

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The Vacancy of Death

Note: This post originally appeared in my original blog in 2013. It is one of my favorites, so I reposted it here. I am a paramedic, and I am scared of the dead. Truly afraid. Not the “Ewww, I think I might hurl because it smells bad” type of fear. True fear. I have to […]

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