Career Survival – Looking past the medicine

The demands placed on our EMS system aren’t what they used to be.  HR, BP, RR and body temp.  IV, O2, Monitor.  ASA, NTG, Narcan, EPI. That’s where we feel most at home, even on a busy 8,12,24 hour shift.  However when our ‘patients’ yell, curse and possibly become...

Recognizing signs of impairment

Street drugs of abuse often present EMS professionals with challenges – things we didn’t learn in the classroom.  MDMA, MDA, DXM, Superglue and spray paint aren’t things we usually spend a lot of time on, however their abuse sometimes hides in plain...

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