Michael Lyons

October 8, 2018
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Correction

If you are trying to convince yourself that you are brave, this is not the career for you.
October 1, 2018

Patient Advocacy: Broke?

If you are trying to convince yourself that you are brave, this is not the career for you.
September 27, 2018

Who Do We Call?

If you are trying to convince yourself that you are brave, this is not the career for you.
September 20, 2018

Just Say No

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March 14, 2018

Special Treatment

Sometimes patients are overt in their desire for privileged treatment. Sometimes coworkers want to convey a desire for exceptional care for certain people. But in many circumstances, the lines are a little blurry.
November 7, 2017

Dear Margaret

In our "Dear Patient" series, providers share their experiences by talking to the patients that left a mark in their life.
October 26, 2017

What If I Killed Someone?

Despite the 10 hours of tattoo work that he flaunts from between the buttons of his hospital gown, a lab draw is still more terrifying than a policeman's taser. I donate blood every year, and that 16 gauge straight needle stays in the whole time. I don't need a tattoo to prove I'm tough. My service to my community is twice as scary as taking a bullet, and blame, for a friend trying to steal a car. At least, that's what my patient thinks. But every once in a while, a patient tells you something that makes you think.
October 3, 2017

Self Maintenance

How effective can we be if we don’t take care of ourselves? And the worst of it is, I’m cutting a piece of myself every day hoping that sacrificing myself today will somehow make tomorrow better. And every day my patient reminds me that there is no bigger lie.
September 7, 2017

Do Not Fear Disaster

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May 31, 2017

Different Teams On The Same Side

I observed how in the busiest of times when an ER nurse was trying to move patients “upstairs” (MedSurg or ICU), they would often feel a palpable amount of cultural tension. Not only did other departments appear to work at different speeds, but had very different goals and ways of doing things.
September 27, 2018

Who Do We Call?

If you are trying to convince yourself that you are brave, this is not the career for you.
May 17, 2017

Wrestling With Death

I went from feeling like the guardian angel, to feeling like the grim-reaper himself. I knew we were doing everything right. I knew we followed the protocols correctly. I knew we worked with good crews and good hospitals. What I didn't know, were the statistics.
April 10, 2017

The Cemetery

Hang on for this gripping account of a difficult call and the thought-provoking finish as Michael peels back the veil of EMS to reveal an alternate universe of our cities and towns.
April 7, 2017

It’s Not Okay To Not Be Okay

Nobody wants to appear weak, or be looked down on for not being a salty ol' pro who just muscles their way through the day. You have to be a machine and not a human being with emotions and a gag reflex.
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