Steve Berry

Steve Berry

BA, NRP

Steve has been in EMS these past 36 years and is currently a working paramedic and instructor for Southwest Teller County EMS in Colorado. Believing humor is an essential amino acid in surviving pre-hospital care, Steve has written over 300 humor articles for both JEMS and EMS World magazines and has drawn over 2,000 cartoons illustrating the humorous side of EMS.

As both a national and international speaker for emergency health care providers Steve seeks world peace and frequent flyer mileage.

Mama, Don’t Let Your Kids Grow Up to be Ambulance Drivers

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With of all your educational background, strong parental guidance, and common sense you still entered the field of EMS and despite the availability of mental health counseling and prescription medication you continue to this day to remain active in the pre-hospital care setting.  What the hell is the matter with you?  As a new generation […]

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Service with a Smile – Dealing with the Hostile Patient

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Many psychiatric calls are purely behavioral in nature.  They are often the result of overwhelming and cumulative stressful events.  Most require little more than reassurance and comfort by the health care provider. We may, however, lose sight of providing such compassion secondary to the accumulated stress we face ourselves in EMS. By learning how to […]

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Finding Humor in the Crazy World of EMS – Welcome to the Dark Side

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Those working in the field of emergency medicine often have to respond to scenes involving horrific trauma and death, and yet they must not only keep working the remainder of their shift, but they must do it again the next day and the next.  How do they do this?  For many, gallows humor offers a […]

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THE HOLE STORY – The Implications of Body Piercing

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Body piercing has become a common phenomenon in all areas of the country.  Why do people do it and what are the health risks?  Mr. Berry will review some of the ways they may interfere with standard treatment for those working in emergency health care.

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Prevailing Positives, Prevailing Negatives – Pass It On

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Many EMS medical experts call the emergency pre-hospital work environment predictable organized chaos, and 99% of time they are correct – especially for the seasoned veteran who has “seen it all.”   Novel calls are indeed a rarity, but what of those calls that go beyond just being fodder for good war stories?  More specifically, […]

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