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Mike Smith, BS, MICP

Mike Smith, BS, MICP, was director of clinical education and lead instructor for the Emergency Medical & Health Services program at Tacoma Community College in Tacoma, WA. He joined the EMS World editorial advisory board in September 1999. Mike died unexpectedly on October 13, 2013, at age 61 from a heart attack.

It was about the time I passed the 5-year mark in EMS when a paramedic friend of mine shared a remarkable story about a recent call he had been on. Oddly enough, it wasn’t the details of the…
The video clip of the bomb going off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon graphically served to illustrate what occurs when a normal life event is transformed into cultural chaos. It was a…
I was recently out doing one of my last field observations of spring quarter, close to graduating another group of paramedic students. I was hoping to see this particular student run another call or…
The operational platform of EMS is comprised of four essential pieces. Once we meet our patient, we must identify problems, set priorities, develop a care plan and then execute the plan—…
Ed’s Note: As part of our 40th anniversary celebrations, Mike Smith shares his thoughts on his 40 years in EMS. During my travels, as I interface with EMS instructors around the country, one of the…
Mike Smith is a featured speaker at EMS World Expo 2013, September 8–12, in Las Vegas, NV. For more information, visit EMSWorldExpo.com. During my travels, I happened to cross paths with an old…
Complacency is both a sneaky and insidious process. It functions much like a bacteria, since there is no immediate indication that complacency has taken root and is beginning to spread. As such, one…
You are dispatched to a local strip mall to see a “sick woman.” You arrive and find a 44-year-old lady complaining of a “racing heart.” A quick pulse check confirms an absent…
Truth be known, I’ve had an ongoing fascination with the patient assessment process for most of my career. Each and every provider with whom I’ve ever worked had certain subtleties and…
EMS Revisited is an exclusive column that offers reprints of various columns and articles from our archives that are not currently available in electronic format. In the July 2001 issue of EMS…
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