Hold a lot of hands…Demonstrate compassion & empathy…Deploy overwhelming kindness. We need less trauma jockeys in EMS…we need more hand-holders.
Author Archive | Michael Stewart
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! Do you like Mike & Jason’s ‘Medic Nerd’ T-shirts and want one of your own? Click […]
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. The MRU, staffed mostly by trained student volunteers, functions as a basic life support and quick response team for medical emergencies across FSU’s campus. For more information about FSU’s Medical […]
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!
An essential step in consistently establishing IV’s, especially when your patient has those dreaded “rolling” veins, is stabilizing the target vein. Mike Stewart invites back a favorite guest, paramedic Stacey Crump, to demonstrate a little trick to help you improve your IV starts.
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!
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!
On July 24th 2010 a BBC camera crew arrived at Yorkshire Air Ambulance HQ to film the team as part of the Helicopter Heroes series. Shortly before 7am, emergency medical dispatcher, Chris Solomons, arrived at work feeling unwell. Chris’s colleagues assessed him and it quickly became apparent he was suffering from a massive heart attack. […]