Introduction

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Greetings! Welcome to the Prehospital 12 Lead ECG blog. My name is Tom Bouthillet. I’m a Fire Lieutenant / Paramedic with the Town of Hilton Head Island, Fire & Rescue Division. I’m an Advanced Cardiac Life Support Instructor and I’ve taught the management of Acute Coronary Syndromes and 12 Lead ECG interpretation around the country, both in various UMBC-affiliated Critical Care Transport (CCEMT-P) programs, and as a consultant. I am co-moderator of the EKG Club at Yahoo! (over 800 members world-wide) and co-moderator of the EMS-to-balloon (E2B) Challenge at Yahoo! I am the author of Implementing a 12 Lead Program (featured at the ZOLL Medical Corporation website and the Regional PCI for STEMI website) and the co-author (with Ivan Rokos, MD of UCLA) of The emergency medical services-to-balloon (E2B) challenge: building on the foundations of the D2B Alliance (Issue 2 – STEMI Systems). I wrote the majority (about 99%) of the electrocardiogram section of the Myocardial Infarction article in the English Wikipedia, and I was a contributor to the D2B’s ECG Challenge at the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Scientific Assembly in New Orleans, October 2006. I’ve decided to start this blog because, in my opinion, there is a significant education gap in EMS when it comes to 12 lead ECG interpretation. The main inspiration for this blog is Capnography for Paramedics which has earned a lot of respect as an outstanding educational resource. I’m not an experienced blogger, so hopefully I will be able to learn as I go and make this a worthwhile educational resource.

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