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I look at her notes: End stage renal failure. Diabetes. Congestive Heart Failure. Hypertension. Bag of Meds. Distraught family. Three flights of stairs. Why do the sickest live on the third floor? Desperation fills the room. It has it’s own scent. Adult diapers. More medications spilled on the floor Two teens, tired and scared. Their […]


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We were talking about things, how society seems to have gotten meaner, more self-centered, less community minded. Somebody said this: “You’re a firefighter, you understand about putting others before yourself.” Whoa! Wait a minute here. I do not now, nor ever did indiscriminately put others before myself. Some people have earned their place ahead of […]

overheard BY EVERYBODY from Rescue 1:

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  “I’ll tell you what the problem is. The chief is an idiot, the fat bastards in the station don’t know CPR from CPWHO, minorities are running city hall and the streets are full of crackheads.” “Fire Alarm to Rescue 1″ “And these assholes couldn’t dispatch a dumptruck to pick up a pile of shit!” […]

The middle door

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Isolation at the End of a Tie 08/20/2014 I was thinking bout Robin Williams when I wrote this one. Him, and all of the others that nobody knew, or will ever know. By Michael Morse The landlord was waiting outside. “Haven’t seen him in a week.” “Is that unusual?” “He stays to himself mostly, but […]

Alpha Pet Transport; Rescuing Pooches!

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I’m waiting in a parking lot off of Route 395 in Connecticut, along with dozens of other people. We’re all waiting for our new dogs to arrive. Our anticipation is over when a big red truck pulling a white trailer appears on the horizon and enters the lot. We herd over to where the truck […]

Adrenaline Junky

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Thank you for indulging my tendency to be a wise ass when something is bugging me rather than simply coming right out and saying it. If you use Facebook as your success meter and the “likes” and “shares” generated by it as justification for your words then the post “EMS staffed by Nurses” was a […]

EMS Staffed by Nurses

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  Supporters of Community Paramedic programs are having a difficult time grasping the concept that some nurses and their organizations are reticent to jump on the bandwagon. May I present exhibit A. Now, how does that make you paramedics feel? I think that about sums things up.    

Keeping it together

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By Michael Morse Not all responses go as smoothly as we would like. Expert Analysis 10 ways to make a crazy EMS call worse By Michael Morse It’s crazy how often EMS is summoned to a nuthouse. Emotions are frayed; common sense is gone; behind closed doors, dead bolted, chained and put away. People are […]

Shows’ Over

Sometimes, all we can do for our patients is make them feel better during transport.

Complacency Kills

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“It’s easy to forget just how fragile our existence is. It only takes a moment, and everything could end.” I reached in and helped her out. She had fallen into the bushes, and the other residents were laughing at her, calling her Vanessa the Drunk, Vanessa the Whore, Vanessa the Pig. She isn’t a drunk, […]

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The ten other commandments
[…] Finally, Michael Morse reminds us that success is relatively simple if you follow the Other 10 Commandments. […]
2014-08-31 12:01:48
Nathan Stanaway
Adrenaline Junky
I think there is room for all of us in the future of EMS. Just like not all nurses like the ER, not all paramedics only want to run the sickest patients. Personally, my favorite calls are MCIs, a close second is probably the little old lady low fall. We can specialize. If you don't…
2014-08-25 02:48:52
Michael Morse
Adrenaline Junky
Thank you Renee! I was starting to think I was the only one. Stay safe out there.
2014-08-21 17:02:24
Adrenaline Junky
Ya know, I identify with everything you just said! But then I am a special kind of twisted, because I recently got back into EMS after having been out of it for 20 years... I'm not a nurse, I'm a MEDIC and damn proud of it! We in EMS are a special breed and not…
2014-08-21 16:43:47
John Corrigan
EMS Staffed by Nurses
Let us not forget who started this whole EMS / medic thing; Clara Barton, RN "Angel of the Battlefield" who founded the American Red Cross. My point is, this has always been a collaboration through the years. Only due to nursing shortages and the frequency of injury on our "highways and bi-ways" there was a…
2014-08-21 14:21:56

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