Allergic Reaction

“EMS 6, allergic reaction, at 123 Main Street.” At 7:40 Christmas night, my partner and I flip on the lights and sirens and race our ambulance toward 123 Main Street. En route, my partner reads off details of our dispatched call on our dashboard laptop. “Twenty-year-old female. Respiratory arrest.” I grab the radio. “This is EMS 6, requesting assistance on our...

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In Honor of EMS Personnel

In Final Trimester the main character, Paramedic Jodi Duncan, is not based on a real person. She’s simply fictional, but she’s also a mix of real-life character traits I’ve found in the numerous EMS partners I’ve worked with throughout the years. I’ve never worked in EMS full time; it’s always been a part time career for me (too intense for full time work). My...

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Trauma Call/Domestic Violence: Dianna T. Benson, EMT

“EMS 6, Stabbing, TAC Channel 12”   Responding to a domestic disturbance call, my partner and I park our ambulance in front of an upscale home over a million dollars. Not atypical – EMS is too often called out to the rich on domestic violence.   “Did you know the power company turns off this zip code for lack of pay more than any other in the state?”...

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A Son’s Tale of Traumatic Brain Injury

The term concussion is well known. The medical field refers to a concussion as a TBI – Traumatic Brain Injury. Contact sports are one of the top causes of a TBI, another are MVCs – Motor Vehicle Collisions.   My teenaged son has endured four concussions. The first two as a goalie for the Junior Hurricanes and the third in a MVC. The first one took him out...

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Fall Call

I love these posts from author and EMS expert Dianna Benson where she weaves medical detail into a fictional piece. Welcome back, Dianna! I shake my head to full awake from my cat-nap, and gear up for the trauma call less than a minute drive away. Once my partner and I roll on scene, I note the three cop cars arriving. Additional information regarding the call...

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