Snow Or Shine

Becca Barrus

I’m going to be honest, I’m not a fan of Utah winters. I’ve lived here my whole life, and every winter is a test of my endurance. To those of you who live in even colder climes, I salute you. I hope your nose doesn’t get frozen off. To those in the Southern Hemisphere who are experiencing summer right now, I salute you, too. I hope your nose doesn’t get melted off.

I’m not a fan of summer either.

Come to think of it, I’m not a fan of weather in general. I’m ready to live in one of those climate-controlled bubbles you see in science fiction.

I am, however, a fan of this issue of the Journal. We’ve got content that will help you up your dispatch game in Best Practices and articles that will remind you why you got into dispatch in the first place in Your Space.

The FAQ, written as always by Brett Patterson, deals with the intersection of seizures and sudden cardiac arrests. There’s a Center Piece about Vail Public Safety Communications Center in Colorado, USA, and how they’ve adjusted to keep up with the needs of their community. (As a ski town, they probably appreciate the snow more than I do.) We also celebrate the countrywide accreditation status of both New Zealand and Ireland in ACE Achievers.

Are you interested in doing research? Maybe you want to use it to increase efficiency at your center, or maybe you’re just curious about how often people call in with a specific Chief Complaint. Either way, our feature about humanizing data will help make research seem less scary and more accessible.

To help keep you On Track, we have a Fire CDE that deals with all things related to train protocols and a Medical CDE that will help you with the when, the how, and the why of using the Agonal Breathing Diagnostic Tool (which will be called “Breathing Verification Diagnostic” in MPDS® version 13.1). Dr. Jeff Clawson’s Blast From the Past takes on the myth that keeping someone awake will keep them alive after they’ve experienced significant trauma.

Finally, our Case Exit features a TV dispatcher whose contributions went uncredited for more than 120 episodes of the show “Emergency!”

This is, of course, only the tip of the iceberg. To find out what other articles await, put on your boots (or your flip-flops) and come on in!

Becca’s writing background is primarily in creative writing, although she didn’t have a specific emphasis for her Bachelor’s Degree in English at Brigham Young University. She worked as a ghostwriter for two years where she wrote four novels and edited several more.

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