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10 Commandments for EMS Survival

10 Commandments for EMS Survival

By Dan Limmer It was in the early 1990s when I wrote Ten Commandments for EMS Survival. Never did I believe it would get the exposure it has. in the past 20+ years. It was first presented at a great little conference in Binghamton, NY run by Bill Loller. They even made t-shirts out of […]

Oxygen is the Wonder Drug No More

Oxygen is the Wonder Drug No More

Last summer, we wrote a blog post in response to the 2010 AHA guidelines and the guidelines for oxygen administration in patients with ACS and stroke. People were all over our Facebook posts and YouTube videos telling us we were wrong when we presented a scenario or test question that involved oxygen decisions. Patients with chest […]

Suction Decision Making

Suction Decision Making

We recently received a question from an EMT student: If an unresponsive patient is vomiting would you suction first or roll the patient on his/her side and then suction? In answering this question we realized just how much we need to get away from one definite answer and discuss guidelines instead. Then the realization hit that the answer […]

[QUIZ] Test Your Medical Terminology Knowledge

[QUIZ] Test Your Medical Terminology Knowledge

This quiz contains medical terms taken from the Instructional Guidelines that accompany the National EMS Education Standards. Each of the terms in this quiz are found within that document and are in the scope of an EMT to know. How well do you know your EMT terms? Make sure to share your results and challenge […]

[QUIZ] Test your Knowledge of Cardiac Emergencies

[QUIZ] Test your Knowledge of Cardiac Emergencies

Chest pain is a frequent patient complaint, but not all chest pain is due to a cardiac emergency. As an EMS provider understanding the anatomy and physiology of the cardiac and respiratory systems, as well as the mechanism of action for treatments, like defibrillation, aspirin, and nitroglycerin, is important for effective patient care. Take our […]

Is it Really Too Easy? Results from the Limmer Creative & EMS1.com Cardiology Quiz

Is it Really Too Easy? Results from the Limmer Creative & EMS1.com Cardiology Quiz

  The results are in: We don’t know as much as we think we do. With over 18,000 people (as of the writing of this article) taking the Cardiology quiz there were some very interesting findings. Frequently seen in social media postings around this quiz was the comment that it was “too easy.” The results don’t […]

Evolution of the Confident EMS Provider

Evolution of the Confident EMS Provider

By Dan Limmer While teaching at ClinCon 2015 in Orlando, Florida I had the good fortune to speak to some very nice EMS educators and practitioners. Two of my presentations dealt with confidence. While we lose people in EMS for many reasons (low pay, long hours, tough calls), I believe one of the major and […]

5 Things Every EMT Student Should Be Taught—and Every EMT Should Know.

5 Things Every EMT Student Should Be Taught—and Every EMT Should Know.

EMS relies on tradition and habit. We’ve done things for a long time and we were often reluctant to change. We get frequent emails from students arguing that a patient should receive oxygen by NRB when that hasn’t been recommended since late 2010. We’ve compiled our list of things that students should be taught and […]