I am learning this lesson after years of stubborn laboring. My career enthusiasm has experienced some slumps because of it. But more regretfully, my loved ones, my relationships, and my internal joy have also paid prices as I neglected them…for the sake of relentless work. I am truly sorry.
It can be tempting to hover a little too closely, micromanaging the thoughts, reasoning, and therefore, the conclusions of our students. It comes from good intentions: We want them to come to the right conclusions…Is it not our duty to pass our knowledge and understanding on to the newbies?
I insist that students meet high standards with their medical knowledge, skill competencies, & scene management; while being careful not to crush their excitement & passion. I maintain my own passion for these students by reminding myself that they will be the ones to respond when my loved ones or I have a medical emergency.
Attention Medical Professionals: Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, & Jeff Bezos are desperately trying to grasp what you already have! If you ever get down on yourself or your career…then remind yourself today and daily of the incredible opportunity we have to care for others!
You bear sole responsibility & have absolute control over how you perceive the world, life, & every event you experience. Make a choice to deploy determination, gratitude, & optimism.
Hold a lot of hands…Demonstrate compassion & empathy…Deploy overwhelming kindness. We need less trauma jockeys in EMS…we need more hand-holders.
A follower from Twitter sends me a good question. Before I give my response, I would like to know your thoughts. After watching, I would love for you to comment below with your ideas.
I proved that I am far, very far, from perfect. Get an inside look into my life on a morning when I screwed up and let other people down. I do not enjoy broadcasting my flaws but I want to share with you my strategy for responding to my own mistakes.
Pulse oximetry devices can sometimes be a little finicky. Special guest, medic Jason McCullough, runs us through some troubleshooting considerations to keep in mind. These helpful pearls should get your pulse ox working for you, instead of against you!
Medic Nerd, Mike Stewart, brought his team out to support Florida State University’s Medical Response Unit during their annual “Run For Your Life 5K” fundraiser event.
Can applying cold water to a person’s face really drop their heart rate? I have special guest, paramedic Andaew Lau, join me in this video as we test it out. Watch to find out if this trick really works! Medical/Duty Tools I use: Littmann Cardiology Stethoscope https://amzn.to/32OyGcP Leatherman Raptor Trauma Shears https://amzn.to/2LXqGzC Pulse Ox & […]
An essential step in consistently establishing IV’s, especially when your patient has those dreaded “rolling” veins, is stabilizing the target vein. (To have a little fun, can you spot the two scenes in which we used rubber arms??) Mike Stewart invites back a favorite guest, paramedic Stacey Crump, to demonstrate a little trick that […]
Save the finger without having to damage the patient’s ring! Mike has a chat with Stacey Crump, a fellow paramedic, to try out a neat trick for getting a stuck ring off of a swollen finger without the need to cut the ring or use special tools! You can buy the same Littmann Cardiology Stethoscope […]
Physical assault on medics is a growing problem. Medic Nerd attended a self defense class by DT4EMS that teaches emergency responders how to escape violent encounters. The guys of DT4EMS, owner Kip Teitsort & instructor Matt Lopez, were kind enough to let our cameras roll during the class and then to talk to us on […]
I am a big fan of using a bougie when intubating patients. Do not wait until you run into a difficult airway before finally reaching for this life-saving device…Practice with it now and often so that you are comfortable with it when you really need it. Let’s quickly review three different techniques using the bougie.
You have been studying and working hard this semester, so please enjoy your Spring Break. Medic Nerd has some advice if you want to return to school at the top of your game. After all, what’s more fun than traveling and partying?? Saving lives!
A clip from ‘Inside Combat Rescue‘ showing brave military medics performing an emergency surgical cricothyrotomy mid-flight on a badly injured soldier. God bless these guys for work they do in such a hostile and dangerous environment.
MedicNerd.com now offers you the time-tested technique of flashcards. Despite their name, flashcards are not flashy, but they accomplish two vital things: Flashcards weed out the fluff & help you focus strictly on essential information Flashcards repetitively force your brain to recall that information when questioned Learning these common medication suffixes will help you quickly classify a […]
Preparing for your Critical Care Paramedic certification exam? MedicNerd.com now offers you the time-tested technique of flashcards. Despite their name, flashcards are not flashy, but they accomplish two vital things: Flashcards weed out the fluff & help you focus strictly on essential information Flashcards repetitively force your brain to recall that information when questioned These are the very […]