The Six Deadly Sins of EMS Continuing Education Presentations

If you are presenting EMS education at a conference please avoid the six following deadly sins.

Reading power point slides to the audience. No presenter should do this. Ever. If I believed in hell I would hope that there is a special place in the hottest part of it for presenters who do this. EMS is taught to the 10th grade level which means we can all read.

Having slides that suck. See figure one for an example. Few things in this world truly offend in the way a presentation that uses comic sans as a default font does. Additionally the use of WordArt should be kept to a minimum. When a presentation has more than a few slides using Microsoft WordArt there are two possibilities; the slides have not been updated since 2003 or the presenter has the kind of bad taste where they think Olive Garden is a really fancy restaurant (1).

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(figure 1) If your slides look like this, you need to read this article.

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Resuscitation: Nuremberg

This is not a story of heroism.

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Danse Macabre by Michael Wolgemutin

People stop you and thank you for the work you do, they tell you that you are a hero, that you save lives, how you are doing God’s work and that what you do is just and right and good. You politely shake their hand and tell them you are just doing your job. Some days you can barely stop yourself from telling them that you are a god damn fraud.

Once, you believed the world to be black and white; assured that you would be able to decipher right from wrong.  You were more idealistic then, perhaps even naïve; you thought saving people from death would always be the right thing to do.

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The Death of Socrates 

(Portions of this post previously appeared on an EMS facebook group, The EMS Mentoring Society)

Does your agency have protocols for treating and not transporting terminally ill patients?

Scenario: It is 3am early Tuesday morning when you paged to a male party in terrible pain.Mike Sanders is a 56 year old male* with terminal pancreatic cancer. He is gaunt and emaciated, probably weighing 120 lbs at the most; in short, he looks like a terminal cancer patient.

He is lying in a bed, moaning loudly and appears to be in significant pain. His sister tells you that she brought him to her house yesterday because he wishes to pass away in their family home where he grew up. She says he has been battling pancreatic cancer for 6 months and that she expects he has a few days or maybe a week at the most left. Continue reading

EMS: Save the Red Lights and Sirens! A primer on anti-intellectualism.

People are always mentioning about EMS having a seat at the table in health care. If you are like me, you don’t want EMS to have a seat at the table in some boring meeting with other health care professionals. But that is exactly  what some people want. They want us to be college educated and to never use our lights and sirens again. They  want us to do less for our patients in the name of science. When discussing issues about EMS  on social media here are some pointers to ensure that EMS never becomes seen as health care professionals and we continue get to do the things we all love like drive fast and use backboards. Continue reading “EMS: Save the Red Lights and Sirens! A primer on anti-intellectualism.”

Vinyl Wrapped Slacktivism

Sharpen up those pitchforks and round up your posse. It is time for some more unpopular opinions.

The “Tribute Ambulance” by Emergency Vehicles Plus (EVP) is nothing more than hero worshiping slacktivism. [1]
“Slacktivism can be defined as the act of showing support for a cause but only truly being beneficial to the egos of people participating in this so-called activism.”[2] Continue reading “Vinyl Wrapped Slacktivism”