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A week of violence and tragedy

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson on the 27th February 2019 at 14:17 - Posted in Police Blogs

This last week has been one of the most violent and tragic weeks I have seen in my police service. The violence and the loss of young lives has scarred families and communities across the region and specifically in parts of Birmingham. My thoughts are foremost to the families suffering this huge loss. Chief Constable David Thompson We have seen six murders over the last two weeks. It is important to say these are very varied and the offending, while having tragic results, did not in most of these
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MUSINGS ON WEDNESDAY 2

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 27th February 2019 at 11:51 - Posted in Police Blogs

I offer just a few points of reference for today.Prosecutions for road traffic offences have fallen by two thirds since 2010.  I doubt that driving standards have improved so much in that time.  The only possible explanation is that with fewer police on patrol fewer miscreants have been apprehended. The numbers are here. The government is totally to blame for the current shortage of magistrates. The number of two person benches is on the rise precisely because of the shortage. But
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Joint campaign with Liverpool City Council ensures safety of high rise residents

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News on the 26th February 2019 at 0:00 - Posted in Fire Blogs

Joint campaign with Liverpool City Council ensures safety of high rise residents

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TV IN OUR COURTS IS INEVITABLE

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 25th February 2019 at 12:39 - Posted in Police Blogs

Last week the Guardian published a lengthy article on the demise of court reporting.  It is a fact based information piece that offers no solutions to the perceived deficit. However these facts do not tell the whole story.  As I have posted here from time to time there are regular all day as it happens magistrates courts reports countrywide.  Insert court reporting in the search box. There is no doubt in my mind that it is a matter of "when" and not "if" live TV webcasts of all
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Sepsis

Written by RSS Poster Medic Scribe on the 24th February 2019 at 15:10 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

EMS has focused on trauma, stroke and STEMI in recent years with resulting improvements in outcomes.  Many health care systems are now turning attention to sepsis care and the considerable role EMS can play in early recognition and treatment. Here in Connecticut we have Sepsis Alerts, which while rarely generating the full response of Trauma, Stroke and STEMI Alerts are important to help hospitals be able to quickly recognize sick people on entry and devote them more immediate attention than
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Goals and Globetrotters

Written by RSS Poster Medic Scribe on the 23rd February 2019 at 14:19 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

Saturday night saw one of the pinnacle achievements of my life.  Twelve months before, while attending a Harlem Globetrotters game with my daughter, I announced that I was going to learn how to expertly spin a basketball on my finger just like the Globetrotters do.   Ever since then, I have carried a basketball in the ambulance.  In between calls while at posting locations, I have taken the ball out and practiced.  At home I have a basketball in every room of the house.  I
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Sadness tempered with pride

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson on the 22nd February 2019 at 15:33 - Posted in Police Blogs

The last few weeks have seen many reasons to feel pride in the force. Some incredibly sad, some exciting. PCSO Holly Burke’s tragic death has touched a great many of us because of its sudden nature and the fact it happened during a police operation. It has been hugely tough for colleagues and those involved in the case. I was pleased to see a significant turn out at her funeral from colleagues. No less loved was PC Rakesh Sond who also sadly died. Again colleagues attending to show their love and
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Common Cardiac Arrest Mistakes: Naloxone

Written by RSS Poster Medic Scribe on the 21st February 2019 at 17:21 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

This is the third in a series of posts on common drug mistakes some EMS responders make during cardiac arrests. You find the fifty year old man supine on the floor with the fire department doing CPR. Their AED announces, “No shock advised. Continue CPR.” You set your monitor by the man’s head and connect the fire department’s pads to your monitor, while your paramedic student quickly places an IO in the man’s tibia. As you approach the two minute mark, you charge the monitor, and then
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Common Cardiac Arrest Mistakes: Sodium Bicarbonate

Written by RSS Poster Medic Scribe on the 21st February 2019 at 16:13 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

This is the second of three posts about common cardiac arrest drug mistakes some EMS personnel make on a routine basis. You have been working a cardiac arrest for a 54-year-old male with no prior medical history who collapsed after grabbing his chest.  You shocked him twice for fine vfib, but now he is in a PEA. It’s been 20 minutes since you started ALS interventions and another medic suggests you try sodium bicarb.  What do you do? Remember it 2019, not 1979, 1989, 1999 or 2009. Unless
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Cardiac Arrest Mistakes: Amiodarone

Written by RSS Poster Medic Scribe on the 19th February 2019 at 18:11 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

You and another medic are on the scene of a cardiac arrest. You find the patient in ventricular fibrillation and immediately defibrillate him into a narrow complex rhythm. You have pulses back and while you take a blood pressure – 130/84, the other medic inserts an IV. The other medic then says to you, “Pass me the amiodarone.” What do you do? A. Pass it to him. B. Say, “No.” C. Say “Why?” You go with C. The other medic says, “To give to the patient (Dummy!). He was in v-fib.” You
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It's Not About The Pus

Written by RSS Poster StorytellERdoc on the 19th February 2019 at 16:23 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

To Dr. Sandra Lee. Heartfelt thanks for humanizing medicine and for inspiring along the way...Several years ago, my daughter Emma introduced me to some videos on YouTube of a dermatologist from California who posted her sometimes shocking but always intriguing encounters with patients who suffered from a variety of dermatologic issues. Of all of these videos, it seemed like the ones which made Emma happiest to watch were the videos in which this doctor's treatment resulted in gallons of pus draining
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THE SUN SETS ON LAY MAGISTRATES

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace on the 18th February 2019 at 12:51 - Posted in Police Blogs

The government departments which have the greatest influence over the manner of the work that Justices of the Peace undertake are, surprise surprise, the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice. In May 2006 a previous Home Secretary John Reid admitted that when he was the incumbent the department was "not fit for purpose".  His honesty then has been borne out many times since.  The current prime minister oversaw so many failings when she was Reid`s successor it should have been a red light
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Don't let your Valentine's Day go up in smoke

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News on the 14th February 2019 at 0:00 - Posted in Fire Blogs

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A 10 Point Plan for Policing

Written by RSS Poster policecommander on the 13th February 2019 at 11:22 - Posted in Police Blogs

I’m sitting on a train bound for Cardiff where, later today, I will have the privilege of spending a bit of time in the company officers and staff from South Wales Police. I’ll be talking to them about the day I fell seriously ill and the reasons why I think it happened. I’ll be telling them about the long, long road to recovery. I love policing with all my heart and soul – I always have and I always will. It’s a heck of a job though – placing the kinds of demands on people (body,
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4, 3, 2, 1 And 90.

Written by RSS Poster StorytellERdoc on the 12th February 2019 at 14:08 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind.Always.One of the largest problems in our ER, it seems, is that there is a subset of patients who visit us on a routine basis. Commonly known as "the regulars," these familiar faces are sprinkled throughout our day between all our other patient visits. Whether it be for chronic pain, for chronic illness, for companionship, simply to have a place to hang out for a few hours, or to get some food, we are often inundated with
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