Without evidence of benefit, an intervention should not be presumed to be beneficial or safe.

- Rogue Medic

Another Reason to Vote for EMS 12 Lead as Blog of the Year

The number one post on the Life In The Fast Lane blog for 2011 –

One of the biggest and most respected emergency physician blogs in the world –

Rated on quality, not on number of page views –

Was the one in which Christopher Watford of My Variables Only Have 6 Letters and EMS 12 Lead pointed out a lead reversal on a 12 lead ECG that had not been pointed out by any of the doctors.

Nothing makes EMS look as good as when we can show that we understand what we are doing.

Christopher Watford did a great job of making EMS look good to a lot of people in EM (Emergency Medicine). I think that deserves a vote.


Greatest Hits 2011


When you see links on Life In The Fast Lane posts, they are often java script that will expose the information on the same page, rather than take you to a different page. This works on smart phones, too. Hold your mouse over the link and it should highlight the type of link. Usually, anything that would have a short answer will have a java script link.

1. Power Of Social Media Leads To Reversal

For me, this post exemplifies what social media in education is all about. Christopher Watford spotted an unusual finding on an ECG from a past emergency medicine exam question on LITFL, that wasn’t included in the model answer. We looked at it and had to agree. But to make sure, we got onto Twitter and asked a few of our cardiology/ electrophysiology buddies in the USA to check it out. This post tells the story of what unfolded and teaches important lessons about calling Emperors naked, the fallibility of any examination process, how to interpret ECG lead reversals and the undeniable power of social media.


Read it!


Also take a look at the rest of the 20 posts that they rated the best of the year.

Then there is the EMS 10 Award from EMS Today. Go read about it.

“Team EMS-12 Lead” (Christopher Watford, Tom Bouthillet and David Baumrind) at the EMS 10 Awards.

Tom Bouthillet, David Baumrind, and Christopher Watford make a great team and run a great blog at EMS 12 Lead.

As I wrote earlier – If we want to have people stop thinking of us as ambulance drivers, we need to convince others that we understand medicine.

OK, that is enough fanboy for me for a while. Go vote at the link below.


Vote on EMS1.com for the EMS Blog of the Year


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Complete rules are here

Thank you to Rhett for putting all of this work into the contest again this year.