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  2. Bariatric Patients

    I ran a call on an 800lb+ person. He was unresponsive, and we couldn't even get our ambulance onto his property because of mud. We called a bariatric truck 3 hours away, and we worked on extricating him from the residence to the road while we waited. We loaded his hospital bed onto a flatbed trailer(2 of the wheels broke on the bed), we had to take the door frame off of the double French doors to fit him out, and it took a small army of people. Eventually we loaded his mattress into the bariatric truck, and secured him with webbing. He was too big for the bariatric truck, but we had no safer options. The entire time the family was yelling at us for it taking so long. Terrible call, but he turned out to be ok. After he recovered and lost about 150lbs they put him back in that house so some day another crew will have to probably do the exact same thing to get him out. In our area we don't really have resources for bariatric patients. It's frustrating to me that people put themselves into those types of situations and then get mad when we aren't able to handle it quickly.
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  4. ATCEMS or AFD

    I just want to know which one you would pefer.
  5. Paramedic vs. Firefighter/Paramedic

    I think you should follow your dreams and heart, if don't understand well i mean chase what you are want to be. I want to be EMS so you could be FF or EMS it's your path, your life, your career. Sincerely, HelloIzJerry
  6. Bariatric Patients

    well I'm not really working in EMS - I'm actually trying to get a Trauma Analyst position so hopefully will get good news soon. but I know that many of the agencies in my area have dedicated Bariatric units. For transfers especially they will send the bariatric unit as well as a fire truck to help with lifting. As for on scene (non hosp), the responding unit will get there and determine if it's bariatric and they will call for the bariatric unit. I think KC MO has 3 Bariatric ambulances so the response time isn't terrible unless all bariatric trucks are already on calls. As for smaller services who cannot afford to purchase or man a designated bariatric truck, hope fully they have a network of fire departments/first responders who can help out. That's what I know. I do have a couple of friends on different departments in the KC area that would probably be willing to chat with you if you have further questions.
  7. Bariatric Patients

    How does your EMS agency handle bariatric patients? Do they send additional resources? Do they have specialized equipment to move these patients? I’ve noticed that my patients seem to be getting bigger with complex health problems, but yet we aren’t being given any additional resources.
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  9. Paramedic vs. Firefighter/Paramedic

    don't you mean for most departments - DEMOTION or punishment.
  10. Paramedic vs. Firefighter/Paramedic

    I've been a firefighter, and I've been a paramedic, and solely a paramedic for over 30 years now. No complaints here. I seriously can't understand how being moved off an ambulance and onto a fire truck could be considered a promotion.
  11. Paramedic vs. Firefighter/Paramedic

    First Troll post of the year from VAN, the winner of the most irrelevant post of the year so far. You made a post just to say that paramedic is worthless. You are a troll and have no idea what you are talking about. "Buddy fuckers and the like", that's rich. did it take you all day or a week to put that one together. Go away until you have something of worth to tell us. such negativity, makes me wonder if you wanted to be one of those zero to heros and were turned down based on your facebook posts. Go away
  12. I made an account just to say this; are you friggen crazy? I can't think of ONE PERSON who "wants" to be a paramedic. Trust me. After 3 years of bullshit calls and a thankless horrid "career" you'll be furious that you are forced to do the majority of the work while the guys on the truck get to enjoy sleeping all night and playing ping pong all day. This job is so lopsided it's not even remotely funny. It's a job full of buddy fuckers one minute and then there's a circle jerk going on the next. If you truly wish to be a paramedic, prepare for a life 20 years shorter than you would have had and expect to be miserable for the entirety of your underpaid career.
  13. CHF & Low BP

    Only once, and many years ago so I read up on it. There are a lot of research articles on it dating back over 50 years.
  14. Old folks Still here?

    I took a small break this fall to focus on family and school and work and now that I have a minute, I'm back! good to see some old faces pop up this fall. Sorry I've been gone, working 60 hrs a week and school has killed me. I was talking about you just the other week with one of my doc friends. He's gone to CAP lab with some of his guys and said he knew you...
  15. EMT City 2nd sort of annual reunion

    I took a hiatus from social media while focusing on school this fall, sorry to have dropped off the face. I'd love to meet up and obviously Colorado Springs would be the closest, but I can try and make other things work as well. Sorry Ruff! Katie
  16. Oh my gosh. I haven't been here in so long I forgot what my name was on the forum.. I think I used to be Turbosnail, lol.

  17. Office of the Medical director is in Austin Tx.
  18. Old folks Still here?

    Hey we got Tapatalk Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  19. Tapatalk?

    For those wondering what Tapatalk is, it essentially makes the site work like an app complete with notifications (if you wanted).
  20. Tapatalk?

    I like how it does a push notification when someone quotes you. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  21. Tapatalk?

    Gotcha, probly so Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  22. Tapatalk?

    I think that may be the last time it populated the list. Perhaps it has to crawl the site.
  23. Tapatalk?

    ok, it's there now. Trending articles show up front but their dates are from 2015. not sure if that's just a quirk or what.
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