April 23, 2009, 9:00 pm

The Handover Meets “Emergency”: The Best of EMS

the-handover-logoWelcome to The Handover – the Carnival of EMS!

Emergiblog is proud to host this edition of the best of the EMS blogosphere!

The theme for this month is “Emergency”.

Is there a single paramedic/EMT alive today who didn’t love this show? Is there a single nurse “of a certain age” who didn’t wish she was Dixie McCall?

That’s what I thought!

So let’s get going with Johnny and Roy and the guys of Rescue 51 as we begin The Handover…..


crewI know Medics who eventually become firefighters, but sometimes it happens the other way around. Lt.Michael Morse of the Providence, Rhode Island Fire Department looks back at how he found himself working rescue in Stay Safe Out There, from his blog (and book!), Rescuing Providence.



Ambulance driver? No way does anyone still think this!  Do they?  Chris Kaiser NREMT-P, EMT-PS, EMT-P, EMT-P has heard it all and begs to differ in Oh no you didn’t…, posted at Life Under the Lights. As Chris notes, “information saves lives”.


There comes a time when every medic has to ask themselves just what type of medic they really are. Steve at The EMT Spot asks Are You the Opening Act or the Rock Star?


1288489382554958381It’s easy to laugh at “Emergency” when we watch it these days, but Happy Medic takes away a different message as described in the poignant post They Don’t Make Them Like They Used To at You Called 911…For This?

Suicide is devastating.  For all who are impacted by it, including the medics.  Medic999 discusses his feelings about this horrible tragedy in a sensitive post that raises more questions than answers.

When it’s the death of a co-worker, the question is simply “Why?”. Manchmedic shares his feelings about this in Marathon, at Life in Manch Vegas. For background, read A Slap in the Face.



Medic/Nurse has seen the system from both sides of the ambulance entrance. Another poignant story awaits at Medic/Nurse’s Blog in 94 Years Old.

Ever feel like you have a black cloud over your head? Meet Black Cloud ER Tech.  He has 12 years of EMS experience behind him (and he isn’t even thirty!).  In a guest blogger post on Emergiblog, he looks back on his career and shares tips on how he manages to handle it all in Riding the Storm – a 12 Year Storm.



Jamie Davis produces a podcast for EMS at MedicCast.com. The lastest episode looks at Ambulance MVA’s in the News.

Epijunky takes a looks at her latest shift in Today, by the Numbers at Pink, Warm and Dry. It’s a list, and it’s beautiful. For when you need to remember why you do what you do.



Safety net or free ride? No matter how many stories you hear like this, your jaw still drops. Paramedic Supermonkey takes on the Oregon Health Plan in “Free” Health Care.

This. Is. EMS. Truths (II) at Drug-induced Hallucinations.

When it isn’t supposed to be “bad one”…take a ride with Kal, a Scotland medic, and see if your adrenaline doesn’t start flowing as you read along with Qismet, at Trauma Queen.

LOL! I’m sure there’s a great story behind this post at Ridin’ the Bus, but I think we’ll need to read between the…uh…lines of Attention L&D Nurses…


And now let’s hear from Dixie McCall, the medics’ friend.  Look behind the overacting emotion and listen to the message.

No, nurses don’t resent paramedics or EMTs.

They have our respect.

And we will defend them just as passionately today.

We just don’t get to wear totally cool caps when we do it.

Thanks guys (and gals)…and be careful out there.


The next Handover will be held over at Michael’s place, Rescuing Providence, and the theme is “Partners”.

Many thanks to Mark at Medic999 for allowing me to host.

Thanks for reading!


  • Healthcare Today

    April 23, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    The Handover Meets “Emergency”: The Best of EMS // Emergiblog…

    The EMS Blog Carnival comes to Emergiblog….

  • Medic999

    April 23, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    Fantastic edition Kim, many thanks for hosting and getting so many submissions!! All hail the power of Emergiblog!!

  • […] Click here to go and read the latest edition of the fledgling carnival! […]

  • Jamie Davis, the Podmedic

    April 24, 2009 at 2:27 am

    Great job on the EMS blog carnival this week. I really enjoyed reading all of these posts and found some blogs I didn’t know about, too. Thanks, Kim!

  • […] Kim at the Emergiblog hosts “The Handoff” a blog carnival of EMS related blogs.  A blog carnival is a collection of interesting posts in a certain topic.  The hosting blogger adds some editorial comments to help the reader know what each blogger’s post is about. […]

  • Mama Mia

    April 24, 2009 at 3:58 am

    Nice job yet again Kim. And I didn’t want to be Dixie. I wanted to be Roy – calm, knowledgeable and a real paramedic. Instead I became Dixie…

  • Walt Trachim

    April 24, 2009 at 5:02 am

    Well done, Kim! And I am both honored – and humbled – to have been included among such a wonderful crowd of people…

  • John Bignell

    April 24, 2009 at 7:08 am

    Great reading, well done. I also found some blogs I didn’t know about. Thanks Kim!

  • the Happy Medic

    April 24, 2009 at 10:06 am

    Oh Dixie, we love you too!
    Gret stuff Kim, thanks for hosting and great stuff fellow contributors!
    See you next month in Providence.

  • the Happy Medic

    April 24, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    Great collection Kim and great submissions fellow posters.

    See you in Providence,


  • michael

    April 24, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Great job Kim and everybody, I’m looking forward to next months edition. Thanks for doing such a nice job!

  • Medix311

    April 25, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Great post Kim. Great selection all around. Thanks for the recommend.

  • TraumaDiva

    April 28, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Wow…this was GREAT! Super job!!! Kim. Just superb! I loved the video of Julie London…wow I am old!!!

  • […] the blogsphere (I love that word by the way), Kim at Emergiblog hosted The Handover Blog Carnival with a slew of good EMS related content. Yes, I said slew. Do you want to make something of it? […]

  • loser

    May 4, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    In pic “Marco discusses writing up DeSoto”….that’s Chet, not Marco. Back to “Can you name the crew” for you!

  • Ckemtp

    May 14, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Excellent carnival. Some great reading here with some great writers. Proud to be a part of it.

    – Ambulance Driver Chris

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My name is Kim, and I'm a nurse in the San Francisco Bay area. I've been a nurse for 33 years; I graduated in 1978 with my ADN. My experience is predominately Emergency and Critical Care, and I have also worked in Psychiatry and Pediatrics. I made the decision to be a nurse back in 1966 at the age of nine...

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