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Allergic Reaction

Posted by on Mar 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

“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 anaphylaxis call. Copy?” “Copy EMS 6. FD 14 is en route.” Once we roll up on scene, several people wave us into the two-story home, their faces contorted in panic. As we hear sirens...

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In Honor of EMS Personnel

Posted by on Jul 16, 2014 in Blog, Medical/EMS | 0 comments

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 respect and gratitude for full time paramedics, EMTs, firefighters and all law enforcement is so high I dedicate this book to honor their devotion to helping others in need. They risk...

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

Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in Blog, Medical/EMS | 0 comments

“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?” I ask my new partner.   “Yep. Idiots living beyond their means. No wonder they’re so stressed out and hurt each other.”   At the front door, we join a fire crew, as three cops...

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A Son’s Tale of Traumatic Brain Injury

Posted by on May 20, 2014 in Blog, Medical/EMS | 0 comments

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 of school for a month and hockey for three months. The second, a year later, was more mild, which is unusual. Typically, a patient suffers a more severe TBI the second time. In the MVC,...

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Fall Call

Posted by on Jun 26, 2013 in Blog, Medical/EMS | 0 comments

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 flashes across our ambulance laptop screen. Proceed with caution. Law enforcement dispatched. “What’s the deal?” my partner yells out the driver window at a cop rushing toward the...

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Motor Vehicle Collison

Posted by on Apr 22, 2013 in Blog, Medical/EMS | 0 comments

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 out of the fast food joint toward my ambulance, my partner behind me. Less than five minutes later, we roll up on scene behind an arriving ladder fire truck. I slip mybright...

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Cardiac Arrest in EMS Field

Posted by on Mar 11, 2013 in Blog, Medical/EMS | 0 comments

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 and restart our brains. ​ On scene in a near empty airport terminal, a middle-aged woman waves us toward her. Four airport security officers appear relieved by our arrival. All four scramble away...

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Gun Shot Wound

Posted by on Feb 11, 2013 in Blog, Medical/EMS | 0 comments

EMS expert and author Dianna Benson blogs today writing a first person account of caring for a gunshot wound victim. I love how she’s written this post with such detailed information that portrays the medical info so accurately. EMS 4. Gun Shot Wound. 123 Main Street, Apartment G.  I flip my book closed—Jordyn Redwood’s newest suspense—and zip it inside my backpack. I rush from my station’s crew quarters to the ambulance bay. My partner slips behind the steering wheel; I signal us en route to the call via our laptop nailed to the dashboard....

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Author Question: Car Accident Injuries 1/2

Posted by on Oct 3, 2012 in Blog, Medical/EMS, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Author questions are some of my most favorite posts to do. How do you really write an accurate medical scene? Which injuries are plausible and which are not? Amy is visiting and Dianna Benson (EMS expert) and myself (ER nurse extraordinaire) are going to tackle her question. Dianna will be today and I’ll be Friday. Amy asks: I am putting one of my characters in a pretty major car accident — a rollover in which she lands on a broken window and ends up with a lacerated back full of broken glass, in addition to a broken leg, fractured ribs, etc....

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A Scoliosis Journey

Posted by on Jul 20, 2012 in Blog, Medical/EMS | 0 comments

If you want your character to struggle with a disease starting in childhood and worsening in adulthood, scoliosis may be the right one to choose to create long-term drama and conflict. At age nine my daughter was diagnosed with scoliosis with a twenty degree double curvature; meaning, her spine was S-shaped due to a thoracic curve and a lumbar curve jutted in opposite directions. For a year she only had x-rays every few months to monitor the curvature as she grew.   At age ten it increased to twenty-eight degrees, so she was placed in a...

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