This PTSD PSA video is a must watch for everyone in EMS:
For more information you can visit The Code Green Campaign.
For help, The Code Green Campaign Resource page has a lot of options.
Remember, you are NOT alone in this.
Allow me to definitively declare that I do not agree with the naming of the product commonly known as the Hoverboard. These two-wheeled devices have taken advantage of the arrival of Marty McFly to propel their devices to the top of the holiday season toy list. Guess what?
The Hoverboard was not without controversy even before the holidays. There were a number of reports of these “toys” spontaneously catching fire and exploding.
The video seen all over the internet to highlight the dangers of the Hoverboard is none other than Mike Tyson hitting the floor HARD…
— Good Morning America (@GMA) December 30, 2015
Doing a search on Twitter for #HoverBoardFail results in a large number of similar videos including this compilation…
The issue is of such grave concern, that the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued this statement on December 16 that included this:
While the fire hazard has generated significant attention, I do not want to downplay the fall hazard. CPSC has received dozens of reports of injuries from hospital ERs that we have contracts with and they continue to feed us real-time data.
Some of these injuries have been serious, including concussions, fractures, contusions/abrasions, and internal organ injuries. Always wear a proper helmet and padding while using this product.
A few days after the holiday, they provided an update of some statistics that had been gathered…
— U.S. CPSC (@USCPSC) December 28, 2015
As 2015 closed out, the #HoverBoardFail hashtag dominated the Social Networks and according to Google the search term has skyrocketed.
Anyone who has experienced a #HoverBoardFail can report it to SaferProducts.gov.
EMS1.com is looking to hear about your #HoverBoardFail responses:
— EMS1 (@EMS1) January 4, 2016
The reporter Roop Raj asked picketing fast food worker Lakecha Jackson, “Some people are saying that even paramedics don’t make $15.00 an hour and they save lives, so why should fast food workers get that?”
Lakecha Jackson responded with, “Because we do too much. We do more than we get paid.”
No, seriously, that was her answer. You can see the whole segment here:
In other words, she has no idea why she should get paid $15.00 an hour.
Do you know what concerns me more? If you asked a paramedic or EMT the same question, I bet they would answer it the same way.
That’s my whole issue with the #FastFood15 movement. They are focusing on the reasons why they want the increase as opposed to the reasons they deserve the increase. Of course, it could also just be that they actually don’t deserve the increase and, therefore, have no reasons so they are reaching for the easiest argument.
Kind of like how we say “EMS saves lives” when… in all reality… we know we don’t.
Over the summer I stopped off at one of the two Arby’s there are in Queens. On my way in the door, I saw this poster on the window. I think the poster is pretty clear in its message. Arby’s is saying that by starting with them, you can go on to bigger and better things… in this case they name EMS as the bigger and better thing. They are literally advertising themselves as a stepping stone.
Those people on television demanding the $15.00? They think Arby’s (or the fast food franchise of your choice) is a career.
We often complain about the exact same thing in EMS, how we are seen as a stepping stone. Those of us who have chosen to make it a career have done so with a conscious acknowledgement that we did not have to stay because we too could have gone on to bigger and better things. If we want EMS to be more than a stepping stone and we want better wages then we need to know why we deserve to be a career with better pay. Here are just 5 reasons off the top of my head:
Of course depending on how the whole #FastFood15 movement goes… that bigger and better thing may be Arby’s.
At least I won’t get PTSD from putting pickles on a sandwich… or could I?
Last week the live streaming app Periscope gained some notoriety as it’s use led to the arrest and charge of user Whitney Beall for Driving While Intoxicated. Whitney, to fulfill her quota of providing socially relevant content to her friends and family while exhibiting her enormous quantity of ambient stupidity, live streamed while attempting to drive home drunk in Lakeland, Florida.
Not surprisingly, a concerned live viewer called 9-1-1 to report the unorthodox activity. You can listen to the 9-1-1 call here:
Not surprisingly, the 9-1-1 Operator had no idea what Periscope was, and asked the caller if he would be available to provide technical support. Once police were able to view the video, they were able to use the background images to figure out where she was and put an end to her live stream of drunken driving.
Here’s a video of the actual drunken trip:
“The streaming Periscope video highlights the dangers of driving while intoxicated through the eyes of a drunk and irresponsible young adult,” police said in a press release. “The Lakeland Police Department is extremely thankful that this did not result in an accident and no one was injured as a result of her poor decision.”
Honestly, I absolutely love Periscope. I think that this type of streaming app is something that can be VERY useful especially in times of disaster. The thing about Beall is that she didn’t only drive while intoxicated, but she was also streaming while driving. Distracted driving is the number one cause of preventable motor vehicle accidents in the United States. Texting isn’t the only form of distraction, performing for your live audience while driving is another. Luckily it didn’t broadcast what could have definitely been a disaster in the making… at least this time.
EMS1.com reports that the White House has launched the “Stop The Bleed” campaign to provide public education for hemmorrage control.
This type of educational campaign is usually reserved for victims of cardiac arrest, so it is nice to see other acute conditions getting the same kind of public education push from the government. You can visit the DHS Stop The Bleed page here.