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Barry Bachenheimer, EdD, FF/EMT

Barry A. Bachenheimer, EdD, FF/EMT, is a frequent contributor to EMS World. He is a career educator and university professor, as well as a firefighter and member of the technical-rescue team with the Roseland (N.J.) Fire Department and an EMT with the South Orange (N.J.) Rescue Squad. He is also co-owner of Jump Bag Training Company, LLC. Reach him at barry@jumpbagtraining.com.

Barry Bachenheimer
Recently on Twitter someone asked if anyone knew why patients are loaded headfirst into ambulances. I looked into the history of EMS stretcher transport for an answer. The earliest recorded…
You’re an EMS educator and want to raise your game. You know better than to kill your students via death by PowerPoint. You also know effective instructors engage students and conduct classes…
Whether you’re an EMT student, paramedic student, medical student, or just taking a course or class, at some point you’ll need to take notes. Is your note-taking as efficient as it could be? This…
In EMT class we learn that patients with inadequate respirations need to be ventilated to receive positive-pressure ventilation. Inadequate respirations can be caused by inadequate tidal volume,…
In 1989 I was an undergraduate college student in upstate New York. I’d been an EMT for a couple of years. I decided I wanted to increase my knowledge and skill set and get some ALS training. I was…
Jonathan Politis is the retired chief of the Town of Colonie (N.Y.) Emergency Medical Services Department—that ALS/BLS agency, which he founded in 1989, is about to celebrate its 30th anniversary.…
May 19–25 in National EMS Week, and the theme for 2019 is “Beyond the Call.”  For many services EMS Week means community outreach and perhaps visits to schools or youth organizations. To make…
In EMT class and bloodborne-pathogens training, we’re taught to wear our gloves. Most EMS providers do so without thinking—they just pull them on as they exit their apparatus or approach a scene.…
I was recently referred to a physician specialist I’d never met before. After the medical assistant came into the room, took my vitals, and had me sit on the paper sheet, the physician entered,…
A growing trend in recent years has been for EMS providers to have portable carbon monoxide (CO) detectors attached to their first-in bags or radio straps. If your agency purchases these devices,…
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