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    Another one bites the dust. Just as good to keep the CPR beat up with.
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    Welcome to you from another KS AEMT!
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    Welcome! Stick around, ask questions, we're all here to help!
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    that's a fine line, I need to think more on that, not dodging the question, but needing to think more on that poignant question.
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    Nobody works in EMS as part of a get rich scheme, but making enough to be able to participate in the lifestyle you desire outside of work is certainly of value. EMS workers in countries like Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are afforded a different level of pay/respect than that received by most US providers. As much as pay and respect can't be primary motivators, those two things have a powerful effect on career longevity. If you choose EMS as a career the most disastrously unhealthy thing you can do is allow it to become your everything. Your non-EMS friends become a lifeline to the outside world. Don't let them go. Whatever your other passions are maintain them. As for helping ourselves, frankly we're lousy at it as a group and certain risk factors will never be avoidable. Night shifts will always exist, paramedics will always be placed in stressful situations, and schedules will always make healthy diet/exercise habits difficult (but not impossible).
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    I still love my job but it has changed a lot over the last 10 years. I started out in a rural community where the station did 700 calls a year (working as an EMR which is essentially the same as an EMT - B). Presently I'm most of the way through a Critical Care Paramedic program and working fixed wing/rotary air-evac (CCP programs are a Canadian thing involving roughly 5 years of post secondary education and a tremendous amount of clinical time). Every once in awhile I do get to be the cog in the machine with the ability to prevent disaster for someone. That part is an incredible privilege. The give and take in this job is not to be underestimated. Paramedic education programmes are rigid/inflexible as a rule. I've missed numerous family events and important happenings as a result. The tolls that missed events, long stressful shifts (particularly nights), and in your case as a US citizen lousy pay, take on you add up. I know without question my life will be shortened as a result of my service. Think long and hard about whether the increased mental health risk, increased heart disease/stroke risk, and shortened life-span are acceptable trade-offs for doing this job long term.
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    Perfect Medic vs. Nurse story....Working flight (rotorwing) shift with new flight nurse. All he wanted to do was be able to intubate someone. Tired of all the practice and wanted 'real' patient. Got request for scene flight with local service and information received was for 'cardiac arrest'. The nurse's eyes got big and very happily offered his services to intubate the patient in which I replied, "Hell, I don't care as long as it gets done". As the nurse was getting the airway equipment ready, I began thinking (as a paramedic would), how can I screw with him? We landed at the scene and exited the aircraft. Walking up to the ambulance that housed the patient, I realized this was my chance. I asked the nurse if they had the monitor in which their was this perflexed look of confusion on his face, realizing that he forgot to grab it. He immediately retraced his steps to the aircraft to get the needed equipment. As this was being done, I entered the ambulance via the side door and took airway control. As I was intubating the patient, the nurse opened the back door and viewed me now confirming proper placement with this astonished look on his face. Little did he realize (but which I knew) the service already had a monitor/defibrillator placed on the patient. My only words to him was............ROOKIE! He had never forgotten this incident and still shakes his head everytime there is the possibility of intubation. And you can bet I will never let him forget.
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    Interesting point! You may want to keep this topic about funny situations around the ambulance base and such. Patient specific humor is a dangerous area, and to post these occurences on the forum is even worse. A clear and obvious HIPPA violation! It is also safe to add that not just EMS workers visit the forum. How would you feel if you read a post where the EMS workers who came to your house were laughing about your situation? Sure some calls are plaqued with humor, but you can't post them online man!
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    Had a partner who was a rather tightly wound medic (we nicknamed her paragoddess as a joke, though she really wasn't one, just a little antsy) that I rode in with on a serious trauma (car upside down in ravine) as a basic. My usual partner drove as they loaded the patient in my truck (we were BLS, but closest so responded first). He normally drove really well, but this night, he seemed to have a lead foot and a bit of trouble. The poor medic was getting thrown all over the patient as was I. She yelled at him to slow down and take it easier on the little curvy road we were on about ten times. Finally I heard her tell me to duck. She threw a liter bag of saline through the little window between the cab and the box. It hit the windshield and bounced hitting my partner square in the forehead. We arrived at the hospital and he still had a red mark across his forehead. It was one of the funniest things I'd ever seen. Several years later (same partner) we were transporting a psych patient (paranoid schizo). The transport was going really smooth until I decided to take his blood pressure. He freaked out (I explained what I was going to do well beforehand) and grabbed my hair which was back in a braid at the time. My partner was keeping an eye on me and saw what was happening. He slammed on the brakes so fast the patient let go of my hair and I flew straight through the walkthrough (different truck) up into the cab. My partner was already out of the truck and was looking around going "what did you do with my partner?" I was laughing so hard I couldn't help it. The guy got restrained and a cop in the buggy, and rest of transport went without incident. We both work for other companies now, but see each other often and still laugh about both things among others.
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    Ok, I've got another. Same "newbie" but he is now an EMT-I. On the scene of a code blue the senior medic applies the cardiac monitor and confirms asystole in 2 leads and by the way some lividity is noticed by all...or so it is thought. So the "newbie" says to the senior medic "Do you want me to get a blood sugar?" The only answer was a look that clearly stated "are you serious?" Boy, I hope this "newbie" isn't a member here.
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    We had 17 runs in the 24 hours.. I was really tired. The tones went off.. I ignored it and kept sleeping. I was laughing so hard inside. Nobody Died. Woo Hoo!
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    This was a while ago when I was a newbie on a truck and still excited about working. We got a call right at shift change and I offered to go with, I was green! We get to this apartment complex that houses special need people that can still care for them selves and don't quiet need a nursing home just a little help. There is the mentally handicapped 30 something year old women who obviously had the mind of a young child. She has NA's that come in and shop for her and give her medication but for the most part she lives on her own. She gets mad at the NA's cause they don't play with her or they force her to take her meds and she beats herself up and calls 911 and says that the NA's did it. She always admits to that fact after we get to the hospital. This particular time she has "gone" all over the living room and smeared it everywhere in the house and on her self, and even ate it. She would say nothing but mew like a cat we get there and we ask if she wants to go to the hospital and she mews. We take that as a yes. The Paramedic tells her that he will not let her in the unit unless she gets up and takes a shower and puts on clean clothes. She gets up takes a shower and gets dressed and we walk her to the unit. Still she is saying nothing, just mewing. The paramedic gives the look to his basic and me like, " you know this ones yours ". We climb in the unit and I sit in the jump seat and the other basic takes vitals. There is a cubby between the cab and the box of the unit just big enough to hear someone yell stop, or to throw a dirty glove at the head of the driver. Every time the pt mewed the paramedic who was driving would bark, me and the other emt were laughing so hard we were crying. The pt couldn't hear him bark but she did notice us laughing and she thought that we were laughing at her and this made her happy so she would mew even more and started laughing with us. It was the only time you would ever be able to get away with laughing hysterically in front of the pt.
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    Pretty early in my career may partner and were transporting a pt from one hospital to another one, who had jumped off the pier in strong tides for a bottle of vodka. One of the sober men jumped after him and dragged him out. He had a IV running and was naked in a tinfoil blanket with a lot of heat packs and blankets. My partner was doing a set of vitals and noticed blood by his arm so she asked me to pull over so she could see what was going on. Nexted I hear omg what the hell and after I asked she said the neddle had broken and the pt was bleeding and the saline had pooled around the pt. After we got him cleaned up I was just about to pull out and I hear I have to pee. My partner got the urinal and was trying to convince him to let her help as he was pissed as a nit. (Trust me this was not a man you wanted to see naked) I guess he said okay she could help and then 10 sec later I hear YOUR PEEING ON MY HANDS. The look on her face and the fact she was getting peed on may me laugh for the rest of the transfer. On the way home she didn't say one word to me. We are still great friends.
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    We rolled on a drunk in public. Basically a "you go with the police or to the hospital case". When I tried to put a n/c on this guy, he swung at me so we restrained him for transport. When we got to the hospital, I was waiting with him, while my partner found out which bed he was going to and then he realized that I was a girl and decided to flirt with me by saying that he was so strong that he could get free from the restraints. He pulled and pulled on the wrist restraints until his dislodged the IV that the fire medics had placed and his blood went everywhere and of course he did not get himself free from the restraints! hahaha Patients can be really hilarious and I am looking forward to any really funny stories that anyone has.