Why shift work is unhealthy and dangerous

I covered this article on the Inside EMS Podcast with Kelly Grayson and Chris Cebollero. ~~~~~ A State of the Art Review published in The BMJ represents one of the most comprehensive reviews of peer-reviewed literature on shift work, sleep duration and quality, and the impact each has on chronic health outcomes and occupational accidents. Specifically, the authors studied 38 meta-analyses and 24 systematic reviews … Continue reading Why shift work is unhealthy and dangerous

The Eighth Man of Mardi Gras

In honor of the Epiphany (aka the start of Carnival season for the non New Orleanians out there), NOLA.com has released a hilarious set of illustrations on the various people you will see along the Mardi Gras parade route.  My personal favorite is “The Jolly Cop.” At the end of the series, the editors ask readers who they think is missing, the eighth man of … Continue reading The Eighth Man of Mardi Gras

2016 Favorite Things

This year may not be ending like many I know had hoped, but it was a good year for me. Inspired by Greg Friese I decided to take a crack at my own list of my favorite things. Favorite (Non-EMS) Book – Dr. Paul Kalanithi wrote When Breath Becomes Air after he was diagnosed with lung cancer.  The epilogue will make you cry.  I have an entire list of … Continue reading 2016 Favorite Things

NOLA Recommendations

I like good food, I hate tourist traps, and I want people in town for conferences to experience the truly delicious foods my adopted hometown has to offer.  Most of these are located within the CBD and Warehouse District (outside of the French Quarter) since if you want to eat in the Quarter you can just look in a tourist guide.  Since this is NOLA, most … Continue reading NOLA Recommendations

Orleans Parish Communications District 2016 9-1-1 Poster Contest

This press release has been featured by EMS World and NOEMSF. First responders from all three public safety agencies gathered for the 16th annual Orleans Parish Communications District (OPCD) Poster Contest.  The contest included over 600 entries from students in grades kindergarten through 12 from schools across New Orleans.  The theme of the contest was “Dialing 9-1-1 for help.” The poster contest serves as an opportunity … Continue reading Orleans Parish Communications District 2016 9-1-1 Poster Contest

IHI National Forum 2016

I consider the IHI National Forum one of the best conferences in the country, and as usual this year’s forum exceeded my expectations. I live tweeted every session I attended and this post serves as a summary of those resources presented during the presentations.  You can see the entire Twitter summary curated by Symplur here, and my summary of the 2015 forum here. EMS Note: There was one … Continue reading IHI National Forum 2016

NOEMS Technical Rope Rescue Kits

This press release has also been posted to EMS World and EMS1. The New Orleans Emergency Medical Services Foundation (The Foundation) donated two technical rope rescue kits to New Orleans Emergency Medical Services (NOEMS) after receiving a grant from Monsanto Fund. The $5,000 grant has allowed NOEMS to replace their outdated technical rope rescue gear with state-of-the-art Roco Rescue gear, specifically two main line kits and … Continue reading NOEMS Technical Rope Rescue Kits

Living with Obamacare – Post 2016

Five days after Donald Trump became President-Elect a policy journalist tweeted this: I saw it and realized that, as someone with a decent understanding of healthcare policy, I was likely one of very few individuals to be living with the direct consequences of “Repeal and Replace” who could also understand the system level politics at play. This post serves as a recounting of sorts.  Regardless of … Continue reading Living with Obamacare – Post 2016

McSwain EMS Trauma Conference

The McSwain EMS Trauma Conference is a one-day symposium covering the treatment prehospital providers render to a range of traumatic injuries. It is held every year in New Orleans and named for Dr. Norman McSwain, the pioneering trauma surgeon and lifelong advocate for EMS. While the sessions covered a variety of topics across prehospital trauma, at this year’s event I took special interest in two … Continue reading McSwain EMS Trauma Conference

The paradox of potentially predatory publications

An article on a statewide MIH program in Florida is making the rounds within EMS trade journals.  EMS World and JEMS have both already covered it.  I was asked by EMS1‘s Editor-in-Chief to cover it, but given a variety of misgivings that I had about the integrity of the article it was decided to let sleeping dogs lie. But that’s why I started my own website. Article … Continue reading The paradox of potentially predatory publications