Return of the Paragods 9 May 15

Tonight, we were joined by Sean Allen, Cheryl Norton, and Chris Dubey from the YouTube show Paragods. The comedy/drama is getting ready to finish its second season and the show is described as “The Office meets Rescue Me.” The show is filmed in New Hampshire, and features the fictitious Sandville County Fire/EMS.

Some of the changes for this season are:

  • “Special” Ed (Chris Estes) gets paired up with a down and out fellow named “Digger” (Mike Weiner) who is not too happy about being forced on the ambo. Then to add insult to injury, they get the over anxious newbie named Kimberly (Eugenia Schipelliti) as their third seat.
  • Cameletoe (Chris Dubey) and Sam (Hannah Heckman-McKenna) end up working for Sandville County
  • Both Cheryl Norton and Hannah Heckman-McKenna direct one episode each this season

Sean and Cheryl hope to take the show to EMSWorldExpo some time to let more providers know about this wonderful show (we need to share it more!).

Sean said that he gets some of the ideas for the show from his day job as an EMT-B in New Hampshire.

Cheryl noticed a bit of improvement from all of the characters from the pilot episode until now–which is the end of the second season.

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Busting the Top Trauma Myths 4 May 15

Tonight we had Sean Kivlehan, Kevin Collopy, and Scott Snyder on the show busting some trauma myths that were posted in their EMSWorld article this March.

The myth of “Never insert nasal airways in head injured patients” was busted by a study that showed less than 1/10 of 1% of the time the NPA actually going into the cranium. It more than likely results from poor techniques. Do it right, and you won’t have a problem.

“Lidocaine in RSI prevents increased ICP” was kicked to the curb because there was no evidence showing whether or not it even worked–ever. We don’t know if it has a positive effect or a negative effect. While it doesn’t directly harm our patients, it DOES delay the completion of RSI, which means porlonged hypoxia.

Backboards…what’s to say? They’re hard, uncomfortable, and have been on their way out the door for the last few years. The only thing they’re good for is a bench…or as a patient MOVEMENT device. Good spinal motion restriction is positive control of the head, shoulders, and hips. Locking them on a hard, non-conforming board does not help.

The Trendelenburg position was actually intended to give a better field of vision during abdominal surgery, not help our patients with hemorrhagic shock. There is no direct evidence to its benefit in shock. It impedes respiratory rate, ventilations, and heart rate. It could actually make our patient’s condition worse.

The KED prevents spinal movement…well, it does provide great pictures for students. It can quite surely help an elderly person that has difficulty getting out of a vehicle on a good day. If a young, healthy person can self extricate and self splint, a KED won’t be as much good. It actually increases spinal column motion during extrication.

Never remove a dressing when it bleeds through. Despite what we have been taught in Scouts, our EMT, AEMT, and paramedic classes…we’ve been taught wrong all this time. The best way to stop a bleed is direct pressure. More dressings make it harder to get that direct pressure on the wound–WELL AIMED direct pressure.

A pulse in the radial artery means a systolic BP of 80. That is an old wives’ tale. If anything using that we OVERESTIMATE a person’s pressure. It can delay interventions. Obtain an accurate pressure and remember if you can’t feel a patient’s radial pulse, they’re likely to be hypotensive and ill.

The Golden Hour myth goes back to the times of lights and sirens and get ’em there fast. We’ve seen that rapid transport causes more accidents. Instead on fixating on the 60 minute injury to surgery time, focus on what you have and whether or not you can stabilize your patient with what you have. The types of trauma we deal with on a daily basis are “horses…not zebras”.

MAST Trousers. These relics from the Vietnam War were actually not used in the military until GRENADA. That’s back in the late 1980’s. They can work as a pelvic sling, but we have commercial ones that work just as good if not better. Keep them under the squad bench.

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Happy Birthday and The Code Green Campaign 25 Apr 15

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Tonight, we had Kyle Norris, vice president and PIO of The Code Green Campaign on the show talking about how we can prevent suicide among other providers. Kyle mentioned his own story as one that has been inspirational to him. He also mentioned that … [Continue reading]

Let’s Do This Again 11 Apr 15

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Tonight's "Rhythms of the Night" Rhythm #1 Regularity: The R-R intervals are constant. Regular rhythm Rate: Atrial and Ventricular are equal. HR is between 60-100 BPM P Wave: Uniform with one in front of each QRS QRS Complex: measures … [Continue reading]

Blowing the dust off 28 Mar 15

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Tonight we came back after almost a year of not being around and letting the dust settle over the entire studio. After we got the dust swept out: We talked a little bit of the show's absence, being gone since June of last year when I took the job … [Continue reading]


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Help us get to EMSWorld Expo!!!

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Code Green

The Code Green Campaign is looking for your help #savingpublicsafety. So far in 2014 there have been at least 60 suicides in Firefighters and EMS responders in the USA. When you add in other public safety personnel such as dispatchers, law … [Continue reading]

Help us get to Expo

Having a (pig) heart

We have set up a gofundme account to help us get to EMSWorld Expo in Nashville, TN this November. While there, we plan to do at least one episode of the show LIVE from the exhibit hall floor (better than last year). Besides, John needs the … [Continue reading]

Kilted To Kick Cancer 14 Sep 14

I must say that there was a few minutes of dead air as I THOUGHT my phone was unmuted. Tonight, we had Justin Schorr and his cohort MotorCop on talking with us about Kilted to Kick Cancer. Kilted to Kick Cancer is a Non-Profit Organization … [Continue reading]

If Sheldon Cooper Was A Paramedic with Sean Eddy 30 Aug 14

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Tonight we had Sean Eddy from Medic Madness talking with us tonight about how it would be "If Sheldon Cooper Was A Paramedic". We went over using his normal format from the Medic Madness blog: What kind of medic: Book smart but not big on … [Continue reading]

My summer


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Year Number 2 Is In The Books

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Tonight we had Nancy Capelle from Cardiac Companions talking with us about CPR in schools. CPR is being pushed as a requirement in schools in various states such as Illinois, New York, and Oklahoma. Nancy, herself, is a survivor of a MI and … [Continue reading]

We’re Back

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Tonight, we carried on without our guest Sean Eddy from Medic Madness due to the deity Motorola demanding that a guest be sacrificed. We are going to reschedule Sean for another night to talk about "If Sheldon Cooper Was A Paramedic." We DID, … [Continue reading]

Race for the Cure 2014

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Paragods (The Series)


Tonight, we had Shawn Allen, Sheri Collins, and Sheryl Norton from the series Paragods, which has been billed as "The Office" meets "Rescue Me". Filmed in New Hampshire, this very funny series finished their first season. Sandville County EMS … [Continue reading]

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What are we doing to ourselves? SERIOUSLY!! 15 Mar 14

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Tonight we opened up with a letter that was posted on Chris Kaiser's Life Under The Lights blog. The letter was from a medic who recently had one of her co-workers commit suicide. Amy Eisenhauer from theemssiren blog was our guest tonight and we … [Continue reading]

Gizmos and Gadgets with the Unwired Medic 1 Mar 14

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Tonight, we had Christopher Matthews, The Unwired Medic, on our show and we talked about some of the great gizmos, gadgets, and apps available for us to use as EMS providers. We've mentioned those that can be used for CEUs, those that can be used … [Continue reading]

Situational Awareness with Dr. Rich Gasaway 1 Feb 14

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Tonight we had Dr. Richard Gasaway from SAMatters on talking with us about situational awareness. Situational Awareness is defined as a neurological process used to take in information and process it into understanding to predict future … [Continue reading]

Rewarming the Hypothermic Patient with Steve Whitehead 18 Jan 14

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Tonight we had Steve Whitehead from EMS1 and The EMT Spot talking with us about rewarming the hypothermic patients. We covered how in the fall and spring we normally see younger patients (not always pediatric) like the soccer mom that didn't … [Continue reading]

The Tigers Are Coming 3 Jan 14

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What a show! We had the Tiger Den of Pack 208 telling us what they like about Scouts, what their Pinewood Derby cars are going to be, and the cobbler they like. Discover Health Internet Radio with 1 Union 801 TheWebcast on BlogTalkRadio … [Continue reading]

New Years Eve Show 31 Dec 13

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Tonight, we went over a lot of 2013 Year In Review page, along with a few reminders of some of our better shows from 2013. We also had Mike Meyers, FDNY Battalion Chief whose station is at Times Square give a quick size up of the "wall of … [Continue reading]

Merry Christmas

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National EMS Museum 21 Dec 13

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Tonight, we had Lou Jordan from the National EMS Museum on with us talking about the museum. The museum, while not in a brick and mortar location, showcases literally the history of EMS, including a Physio-Control field defibrillator with the … [Continue reading]