The Intrepid Paramedic

For many years I have looked for ways to combine my two passions of work as a paramedic and traveling. As anyone who has journeyed off the beaten path through developing nations well knows, these journeys offer thrilling insight into … Continue reading

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First Responders in East Africa

Kenya Even for seasoned travelers, arriving in central Nairobi, Kenya, during afternoon rush hour is a hectic experience. Local ‘matador’ buses spew exhaust, revving their engines as if picking a fight with the snaking queues waiting to board. The traffic … Continue reading

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The heroes who arrive too late

As international rescue teams pour into Kathmandu to assist locals with the retrieval of the injured from rubble, they are unlikely to find many more survivors. While there’s always a chance a small number of live victims might be trapped … Continue reading

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The Yogi Paramedic

About two years ago, highly-experienced and respected Sydney paramedic Sandy Macken changed her name. Or, to be exact, she acquired the alias “Shanti Dharma,” a name she now uses outside the job in her new role as an energy healer. … Continue reading

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I am Hotel Capri

On a balmy night last month, a guitarist friend of mine, Carlos, was due to perform with his vocalist girlfriend and a man on congas at the Hotel Capri in Havana. Earlier in the day I’d promised Carlos I would … Continue reading

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The EMS Identity Crisis

At a recent EMS World Expo, a leading U.S. anesthetist and former paramedic was giving a lecture on the latest findings of several unrelated studies questioning the value of endotracheal intubation in the field. As we all well know, this … Continue reading

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Download ‘Paramedico’ Now!

The TV version of our film ‘Paramedico’ is now up for download from our website and Vimeo page. You can rent it, or download to keep, up to you. The new version is more condensed and has great narration by … Continue reading

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South of the Border

After the screening of our documentary ‘Paramedico’ at the EMS World Expo 2013 it seemed that enthusiastic praise for the film was unanimous. But several medics from Mexico in the audience weren’t quite as thrilled. Given the naturalistic depiction of … Continue reading

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Do you really need an ambulance?

The humble apology from NSW Ambulance and the Health Minister, following the death of an 18-month boy from Tregear who slipped into cardiac arrest while waiting for an ambulance on September 9, was welcome. And although an overloaded system may … Continue reading

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EMS World Expo round-up!

The EMS World Expo is the largest emergency medical event on the calendar in the USA. It includes a vast array of exhibits, a three day EMS conference and the World Trauma Symposium. Two weeks ago I was fortunate enough … Continue reading

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