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As my loyal readership, such as it is, has no doubt noticed, I’ve been blogging more although less about EMS. I’ll work on that part, since this is after all an EMS related blog.

I recently marked five years of retirement from actual EMS work. What I do now, although it may sound conceited, is work with younger providers to improve their skills. By skills I don’t mean their IVs or airway skills, most people are actually proficient at the mechanical skills. What I do is work with them on their diagnostic skills and their documentation skills. Some of that is pretty boring and deathly boring to write about let alone ask you to read.

I might find a way to write about some interesting cases, but I have to be careful since I work for a smaller company and don’t want to expose them to any issues. Other than that, I plan to blog about EMS stories in the news. Much of which isn’t all that positive these days. I’ll probably continue my “Things you can’t do in EMS” stories as I come across them.

I’ll also continue to blog about firearms and Second Amendment issues since they are important. If I can test some newer guns I’ll do that, but I have to work on the mechanics and logistics of that.

If you look over at my list of links, you’ll notice it’s somewhat shorter. I went through my list and deleted the ones that are dead, haven’t been updated in two years or more, or which I just never read any more. I also updated a couple that changed their URL and were dead. I guess you could say I resuscitated them. Part of my blogging resurrection is going to be more reading of blogs, particularly EMS related ones. Which brings me back to my goal of trying to stay current with trends and technologies in EMS. Some of which are good, some of which are bad, some of which are just silly.

Stay tuned and check in frequently.

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After a long career as a field EMS provider, I'm now doing all that back office stuff I used to laugh at. Life is full of ironies, isn't it? I still live in the Northeast corner of the United States, although I hope to change that to another part of the country more in tune with my values and beliefs. I still write about EMS, but I'm adding more and more non EMS subject matter. Thanks for visiting.

2 COMMENTS

  1. People skills.
    As a retired, broken down old medic and now EMS instructor if I ever figure out a way to teach these kids people skills…I’ll be happy..
    Oh well retirement looms closer and closer..

    • I can’t say that I can teach anyone people skills. The way I learned, to the extent that I did, was watching people who had great people skills and trying to be more like them. If not actually being like them, at least giving the appearance!
      What it seems I can teach them is how to do better assessments and how to better document what they did on a call.
      In five years of doing this crazy QI thing, I’ve found that BLS documentation skills are abominable for the most part. I think they get about an hour on it on school. Some medics aren’t much better. The difference is that the medics are more used to having the work and reports scrutinized. The medical directors spend a lot of time on ALS calls and documentation, but far less on BLS calls and documentation. Yet, some of them expect nearly the same level of documentation on BLS calls.

      Wow, I find that I’ve written half a blog post in response! I’m going to think about this some more and come up with a blog post on the subject.

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