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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Motor Vehicle Collison

I love this post by Dianna Benson, EMT written in first person about the treatment of a patient involved in a MVC. A lot of information presented in such an interesting way. Dianna’s debut novel, The Hidden Son, released in March. Welcome back, Dianna! EMS #16 and #22 MVC at Park Avenue and Green Street. I toss the rest of my sandwich into a trashcan, and rush...

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Cardiac Arrest in EMS Field

Dianna Benson writes a compelling first person account of a young woman in cardiac arrest. Dianna’s debut novel, The Hidden Son, debuts this coming March. Hope you’ll check it out. Welcome back, Dianna! Our station buzzer and waist radios go off at midnight. EMS 8. Cardiac arrest. Terminal C, near gate 34. My partner and I rub the sleep from our eyes...

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