Open Airways

As EMS responders, we witness life events that are both tragic and inspiring. Our experiences reveal the strength of the human spirit and motivate us to achieve greater heights.

Open Airways is a project to collect and record an oral, EMS history. In an ongoing series of podcasts, EMS providers share their most meaningful cases -- sometimes with humor and always with compassion. We hope these stories will improve our practice and inspire a new generation of caregivers.

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Make Peace

July 19, 2010
"The more you talk about a critical incident when it happens - like a trauma, or like that really bad pediatric call or pediatric drowning that you have - the better you are to cope." In this podcast, EMS educator Eric Dotten discusses the stresses of EMS and the importance of talking about stressful calls.
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The Baby's Coming

July 12, 2010
"As we rolled her out of the high school to put her in the back of the ambulance, I remember looking at my partner and realizing that he had every intention on driving the ambulance and that I was going to be in the back of the ambulance with this young lady who was having contractions at less than two minutes apart." EMS Professional Paul Perry remembers an imminent delivery call from very early in his career.
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You Have to Care

July 5, 2010
"To make these contacts with people, it's invaluable ... I have learned so much from people in Canada, Colorado, the UK. We have someone from Africa on there. It's just amazing to see what we're doing in other parts of the world, that EMS is making an impact." Paramedic Natalie Quebodeaux talks about scene safety, and how to connect with your patients and the EMS community.
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This is Not a Head

June 28, 2010
"So then the panic sets in. Of course, my partner was panicking; I think my partner was pushing harder than the patient was. But I couldn't get the head out." Allan Dalrymple tells FISDAP's Sarah Desombre about his first breech birth.
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Shark! Shark!

June 21, 2010
"We flew over the water where this patient was and I didn't see a shark. I saw sharks around, but nothing close enough that it looked like it bit him. And there was no blood in the water." EMS educator Eric Dotten illustrates the importance of active listening in this story where a single misheard word almost led to a very bad outcome for a patient.
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