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Thom Dick

Thom Dick has been a passionate advocate of sick people and the safety of their field caregivers since 1970. He has written hundreds of articles and three books on those subjects, including the People Care books. You can reach Thom via Facebook, or at boxcar414@comcast.net.

Thom is also a member of the EMS World Editorial Advisory Board.

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Imagine some Wednesday morning you’re getting ready for work. You don’t know it yet, but this day will be anything but ordinary. You’re about to transport one of the most famous…
No matter how we’re affected by our genealogy or our life experience, each of us is born wonderfully unique. Whether we grow up mechanically inclined, logical, mathematical, artistic,…
Is your work a lifelong source of joy, or is it destroying your life? It’s almost midnight on a Sunday in 2001. A late-model sedan glides through a neighborhood called Dictionary Hill in a…
No matter how gifted you are, your talent comes without instructions. In fact, some of us live for decades without realizing we’re actually pretty good at dealing with people who suffer. Aided…
Broad evidence suggests today’s EMS workers are struggling to keep doing what they do despite loving the work.1–5 Comments from hundreds of medics posted in some of those resources and…
Ask 100 emergency responders who’ve been to a major event what their worst challenge was and every single one of them will surely tell you: communications. Their lives are getting easier,…
No book is big enough to contain everything you need to know about being an EMT, and no author is smart enough to write such a book. Besides knowledge, a good EMT needs to be equipped with other…
Have you noticed lately, when you’ve unplugged your ambulance, that the shore line connection felt a little warm? If so, you have a serious problem. And, if not, you still need to take a look…
It’s Saturday morning. You and your partner, Brad, have just met the owner of a new hip fracture at a SNiF a few blocks from your station. Nothing unusual happened—to you, anyway. You…
Thom is the author of People Care: Perspectives & Practices for Professional Caregivers. The recently released 2nd edition of this classic text includes seven new features: Death notification…
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