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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Paramedico released in the USA

My book Paramedico has been released in the USA this week and if you live over there it ought to be available at a good bookshop near you. Please do review it on the US Amazon if you’ve read it, … Continue reading

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The Maharaja of Sydney

For two decades I’ve dreamt about an Indian palace on a peaceful lake in the desert of Rajasthan. It’s a hotel now, but when I first fell in love with it, the Lake Palace in Udaipur was home to a … Continue reading

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Geo-politics of polio eradication in Pakistan

The  brutal murder this week of five Karachi health workers involved in a UN-backed polio eradication drive says more about the wider effect of misguided US policy in the area than it does anything new about the Pakistani Taliban. Polio … Continue reading

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What a paramedic doesn’t want to see

Perhaps it comes as a surprise, but even as a paramedic I have been unable to watch, or even read about in length, news reports of the New Town shootings in the US. Many of my paramedic colleagues, especially those … Continue reading

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