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5 EMS Authors You Must Read

5 EMS Authors You Must Read

Over the years there have been some very meaningful books written by EMS providers. Here are five authors in the “must read” category. If they have written it, you should invest the time in reading it. Would you add other authors?

A Look Back at EMS Education in 2016

A Look Back at EMS Education in 2016

Limmer Creative has been posting our wishes for EMS education for a couple of years now. While 2016 was quite a year with intense politics and numerous celebrity deaths, let’s see how EMS fared this year by taking a look back at our 2016 list. Embrace the 2015 AHA Guidelines – Success We have (finally) […]

Dealing with Death and Dying in EMS

Dealing with Death and Dying in EMS

Does EMS training make witnessing death more complicated than it has to be? Dan shares a story of a death he witnessed and what his responsibility was in that situation.

The practice of cupping

The practice of cupping

Cupping is a traditional Chinese medicine modality. Practiced for centuries, it has again come into the forefront in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio where millions of people saw the dark circular marks on the back and torso of swimmer Michael Phelps as well as other athletes. In cupping, suction is created over the skin […]

10 Tips to Improve Your Differential Diagnostic Skills

10 Tips to Improve Your Differential Diagnostic Skills

Differential diagnosis is a hallmark skill for EMTs, AEMTs and paramedics. EMS has progressed beyond the “EMS doesn’t diagnose” days to become a critical thinking-oriented practice in which differential diagnosis is necessary. There’s a tenet stating that 90% of emergency medicine happens in the cognitive domain—the realm of thought. Although EMS providers’ practice is guided […]

10 Tips for Longevity in EMS

10 Tips for Longevity in EMS

You’ve finished your class. Your NREMT card came in the mail. The only thing left to do is to ride off into the sunset saving lives…. Not so fast. EMS seems challenging and fast-paced. That’s most likely why you’re here. When the ink on your card has dried, and you have one really bad call […]

The Story Behind the Picture

The Story Behind the Picture

By Dan Limmer There’s a shelf in my office where I keep copies of all the editions of all the books I’ve written. For me, each book carries memories—of the time when it was written, the curriculum that was in place at the time, and the advances in medicine that we were able to incorporate. […]

Volunteer EMS and Training: Mutually Exclusive?

Volunteer EMS and Training: Mutually Exclusive?

By Dan Limmer A recent article in the Press-Republican from upstate New York titled “Editorial: State must reduce obstacles to EMTs” stated: “Ever-increasing state training requirements are thinning the already strained ranks of emergency medical technicians and costing communities money.” Hogwash. Yup. You heard it. Hogwash. I totally agree that volunteer EMS has personnel issues. But […]

Educators in the Field: Preceptors and FTOs

Educators in the Field: Preceptors and FTOs

By Dan Limmer How “street ready” is an EMT student when he or she passes a class and the NREMT? Agencies want providers who are well prepared, but in most cases that isn’t the reality. To be prepared to do the job, a new EMT needs time in the field with either a preceptor or […]

10 Things You Should Know About Medical Emergencies

10 Things You Should Know About Medical Emergencies

In EMT class, many students don’t realize there’s a significant difference between the medical patient and the trauma patient. The difference begins at assessment and continues through care. The medical patient’s assessment is focused more on history. And in contrast to many traumatic conditions for which surgery is the main treatment, there are a lot […]