Category Archives: Education

Avoid SMACCRegret!

DasSMACC is coming!  From June 26-29th, an all new, revamped, reimagined, and reinvigorated SMACC will be touching down in Berlin. There were some dramas with the last ticket release, but an upgraded system means this time you should have more luck … Continue reading

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Another SMACC Perspective

This week (somewhat late) we have another perspective on SMACC from Ben Lawson (@Paramedidad).  Ben is a Paramedic from Queensland and a first time SMACC attendee.  Please note the lateness of this post is entirely my fault: Ben emailed me before … Continue reading

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How not to end your EMS career

My EMS career nearly ended last week. Not once, but three times. The first time I was treating an agitated patient, whether mental health related or behavioural we couldn’t tell. She required restraint from four police but continued to kick … Continue reading

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Surviving your first year on road part 5 – Clinical Concepts

The clinical concepts that no-one teaches you about at university   You’ve spent the last three years or so getting to know the intricacies of morphine metabolism and the cardiac cycle.  Those things are all important as background, but in … Continue reading

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Surviving your first year on the road Part 4 – Trauma

Trauma Psychological trauma When I first started the job, members of my family were convinced that I was going to be a gibbering wreck within the first week.  It wasn’t the case but I understand their concern.  The public perception … Continue reading

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Surviving your first year on road part 3: Miscellany

Food, exercise and other stuff   Eat sensible food.   You know what’s sensible, you don’t need me to tell you that the 3am burger is probably a bad idea.  Ambulance shifts are long and you can’t survive on biscuits … Continue reading

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Surviving your first year on the road part 2: Getting along

Workplace relationships and expectations   For many people entering paramedicine as a career the workplace environment will be quite different from what you are used to.  Here are some important things to know.  Bear in mind that these are things … Continue reading

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Surviving your first year on the road – Part 1

Part 1: Sleep and Study   Introduction   You’ve put on your shiny new uniform and you’ve turned up at work for your first day at your new job – Junior Paramedic.  Congratulations!  All those years of study and hard … Continue reading

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The ethics of nagging people

Robbie/James/Ben Today’s post is a little different from some of my others – today I’m asking you, the readers to tell me what you think.  There is no right or wrong answer to this problem but I’d be keen to … Continue reading

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Cutting throats with AmboFOAM

I spent a productive day today at work doing some arts and crafts in between calls.  Specifically I tried to recreate the training larynx I played with at the SMACC Gold airway workshop. I think these were made by Scott … Continue reading

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