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Tracey Loscar, BA, NRP

Tracey Loscar, BA, NRP, is the Chief for Matanuska-Susitna (Mat-Su) Borough EMS in Wasilla, Alaska. Her adventures started on the East Coast, where she spent the last 27 years serving as a paramedic, educator, and supervisor in Newark, N.J. She is also a member of the EMS World editorial advisory board. Contact her at taloscar@gmail.com or www.taloscar.com.

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The wizened creature sits on the stool in the restaurant. He watches us come in with sharp eyes buried in sunken, yellowed features. His layers of clothes, representing probably most of what he owns…
A major part of my job is resource management. I have to keep an eye (or ear) on everything going on. That means I listen to the radio for my entire shift, with no real ability to turn it off.…
In January, while transporting a patient to the hospital (without lights or sirens), one of the ambulances on my shift was involved in a fatal MVC. This was not the first ambulance accident I’ve…
The first ACLS megacode I was ever subjected to was in 1989, during paramedic didactic. It was one of the final milestones before graduation to clinical rotations, and it was a deal breaker. Waiting…
“The world is a tragedy to those who feel but a comedy to those who think.”  —Horace Walpole There’s a game I play with my crews when debriefing after calls. It’s called “How do you make it…
No tengo 50 años aún, pero cada vez me siento más cerca. A pesar de mi dolor constante en las articulaciones y la ridícula cantidad de canas en mi cabello no me siento avergonzado de mis años,…
The year is 1987, and I’m styling with my big hair and white canvas jumpsuit, wearing an EMT patch that’s still stiff on my sleeve. En route to the hospital with an adult male patient, I am alone in…
“An army marches on its stomach.”  —Attributed to both Napoleon and Frederick the Great Earlier in my career, one of my bosses was a remarkably dedicated man named Leroy Smith. Relentless in…
One of the things not frequently taught in prehospital curricula is how to finesse an interview. We cram a ton of clinical knowledge into students' heads and then shove them out into the wild with…
My grandmother went to a ladies “finishing school” in New England in the early half of the 20th century. It was a Victorian-era holdover where young women learned social graces. What did…
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