Tag Archives: self defense

When IS it OK to Talk About Fight Club?

Documenting the Violent Encounter   In medicine, we will should never be engaged in a “fight”. If you have to “defend yourself” on the job, you need to make sure you know how to tell the story. Telling the true and complete story (documentation) will help prosecute those who commit criminal acts and help protect […]

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We Expect Critical Thinking in Medicine…for Everything BUT Violence

Critical Thinking The De-Training of Emergency Medicine regarding Use-of-Force on the Job.    EMS/Fire and emergency nursing staff are expected to have critical thinking skills with regards to patient care. We need them to perform under stress and make split second decisions. We have this expectation because they are trained to handle these High Stress […]

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“You can either go with them to the hospital or go with me to jail”.

(Cooperative, inter-agency communication and training can solve a lot of these issues) “You can either go with them to the hospital or go with me to jail”. The phrase every provider dreads hearing.   The danger of this phrase is it can give the perception of “custody”. Not only to the person being transported and […]

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Ever Have Someone Say to You “I Could Never Do Your Job” ?

A High Stress Event Train to reduce the effects Violence in medicine is real. Have you ever had someone tell you ” There is no way I could do what you do” when discussing a medical emergency? Yet, seasoned emergency medical professionals, regardless of EMT, Medic or ER Nurse handle emergent events like others flip […]

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The Time Has Come to Arm EMS/Fire.

Kip Teitsort, Founder DT4EMS It is time to arm EMS/Fire with knowledge of the use-of-force on the job.    Before we get too deep, riddle me this… Why do so many front line staff wish to carry a gun on duty, yet many administrators do not feel (on-the-job) self-defense training is important? Where is the […]

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Violence- Duty to Act?

SENSE OF DUTY TO ACT When the NAEMT posted the results of a completed study/survey, I found myself bewildered. The results of the study revealed the number one reason for injury in the field (52%) was due to assault, but only 21% of EMS felt their personal safety was an issue. Yes, I realize more […]

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Safety Tactics: “Stances” and the “Assessment L”

Safety Tactic: Stances We have all heard the quotes regarding prevention, you know, never having to do something like “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” –Ben Franklin and of course Sun Tzu said that “the supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without even fighting.” But one of my […]

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So very humbled…..to help change a culture.

I am really humbled to be a part of this safety movement to change the culture of EMS and Fire. Being a victim of violence on the job, rather than just bitch about it, I chose to stand up for what is right. As a cop if you touched me in an aggressive way, you […]

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