The Continuing Need for the Validation of Priority Dispatching

Although it is a standard that a majority of communities take for granted, the concept of Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD) is still in question in many places throughout the United States. In February 1968, the first emergency call to 9-1-1 was placed in Haleyville Alabama.[1] Since the late 1970’s the concept of EMD has grown … Read more

For Those That Want to Play Incident Commander

After many years of attending lectures, workshops, classes and tabletops on incident command, I encountered the EMERGENCY – Fighter’s for Life PC game. At the time, these games were largely considered to be non-sense and ineffective at training. In fact, I don’t ever remember anyone mentioning that you could teach incident command using a video game, … Read more

This is the World You Live in Now

Earlier this week, our family went to the Del Mar Fair, just North of San Diego. This fair is one of the most exciting in the country – and probably one of the most crowded. The crowd and fact that San Diego is the country’s number one vacation spot for the 4th, bring to mind concerns … Read more

CECBEMS Changing Its Brand to CAPCE

On June 21, 2016, Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (“CECBEMS”) sent a press release forward which details a change that has been in the works for some time now. The board voted for rebranding and is to be referred to as the Commission of Accreditation of Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (“CAPCE”) effective July … Read more

What Kind of Active Shooter Training Does Your Department Have?

In the wake of the Orlando tragedy there is a renewed call for “Active Shooter” training for public safety. If you aren’t already familiar with the training, the term speaks for itself. The idea is to bring together a group of professionals to work on how to deal with a situation where there is a … Read more

Possible Terrorist Attack – Mass Shooting in Orlando Kills Over 50 People

LA Times reported a mass shooting in Orlando involving a man who police say may have radical Islamist leanings. The attack occurred early this morning in a LGBT club called Pulse Nightclub. (1) (Pulse Nightclub, Orlando, FL) The shootings lasted nearly 3-4 minutes as a gunman, according to police, Many attempted to take cover, but were … Read more

Septic Shock Claims Life of Muhammad Ali and Many Others – How to Identify Sepsis

There is no doubt that boxing legend Muhammad Ali will be remembered forever for his tenacity in the ring as well as his outspoken nature. Claiming, “I am the greatest,” Ali captured the hearts and minds of boxing fans around the globe. He will be sorely missed. He came into Scottsdale Memorial Hospital Osborn on … Read more

Your Certification is Your Responsibility!! Sort of…

I wanted to take a little time to discuss a the importance of making sure that providers are being responsible for their own certifications. Many departments have internal tracking mechanisms in place which will keep a tally on the number of providers who will be expiring soon as well as their exact expiration dates for … Read more