Just Plain Ruff

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About Just Plain Ruff

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    Chief in charge of my making my family happy Officer
  • Birthday 11/26/1967

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    Paramedic/Hospital IT Consultant/SuperDad

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  1. Hey! New EMT, need quick response to question please :)

    see my response to the original post.
  2. Old folks Still here?

    What was going through your head Forest, Study forest study.
  3. Anyone ever done this?

    https://www.ems1.com/ems-heroes/articles/323740048-Responders-cook-dinner-for-woman-who-accidentally-hit-lifeline-alert/?NewsletterID=&utm_source=iContact&utm_medium=email&utm_content=TopNewsRelated2Title&utm_campaign=EMS1Member&cub_id=usr_rYgxvJiMpoxX5g7Z I've cooked countless meals for patients who had no one to provide food for them. Diabetics as well - make em a meal before you leave.
  4. And then there's this

    I remember when I was working furiously in EMS, Every patient we transported we got a facesheet on. It's not that hard to go and ask for a facesheet. the only issue would be that the hospital hasn't had a chance to put all the info in the system but if the patient has been there before, there is probably a current face sheet that would be available.
  5. Books Every Paramedic Student Should Read

    It's resolved. I'm in and have been looking around.
  6. Books Every Paramedic Student Should Read

    Tried to register - it said I cannot add another membership to my cart.
  7. Books Every Paramedic Student Should Read

    what coupon?
  8. Books Every Paramedic Student Should Read

    Just tried and the message I got is that the DNS Cannot be found. Looking at your link it's broken. To get to the website, it seems to not be linkable here so just type in www.ecgwaves.com your site is pretty well done. A lot of information is in there. Nice work that I can see from a cursory look.
  9. Cardiac complications - Drowning

    Need more than just a empty post. Are you asking us to tell you what the cardiac complications - Drowning are or what? Need more info.
  10. There is a huge difference of opinions on this subject, even if you do a search on this type of subject here you will find many differing opinions. My thoughts are this, the better prepared with the basics the better you will be in the advanced stuff. I advocate for people to at least take A&P and then move to the other courses such as biology. Some people even advocate you take a bio-chem course. The other thing I advocate is for you and anyone else reading this, take at least 1 if not two semesters of English Comp. Writing a understandable and grammatically correct report is so important and it will definately make you a better provider. No one wants to read a report that reads like a 2nd grader wrote it. And if you went to court you would be destroyed by the other side's lawyer. I also advise you every semester to utilize the schools gym and get in shape if you can. The stronger you are and the stronger your back is, the longer your career in EMS will last. As for your question on the EMR - I don't have an opinion on them. Unless they are like the driver of a ambucab/vanbulance where you are taking pt's back and forth to the doctors office and appointments, that's not where experience is gained. Driving experience yes, but only non-emergency driving experience so you cannot really use that to say you have driven emergency. Transfer vans have their place in EMS but if you want experience, stick with waiting until you get your EMT and then look into EMT jobs. Now the flip side of it would be if the EMR jobs would move you directly to an EMT level job in a service that has those but most of the van services in my area are not run by the big EMS companies. they are run by nursing homes and such where you just drive the nursing home patients around. That is not EMS experience.
  11. Barely failed PAT. Short girl:(

    Why are places still using manual cots? I would be curious as to the numbers of back injuries with manual cots versus the automatic cots. I'm sure that they are night and day.
  12. Barely failed PAT. Short girl:(

    Well this is awesome news, now go out and save a life. You've earned it.
  13. And then there's this

    11.8 million in unpaid uncollectable bills. Here are several reasons that were cited as why they cannot collect Insurance denials patients without coverage and the fire departments inablity to gather accurate information So play the director or the chief, what of those three above do you think you should go after first before you ask for a increase from the taxpayers to help you out? I know which one I'm going to go after. anyone anyone bueller, bueller????? how bout holding the fire department staff accountable to gather more accurate information. But in all honesty, some of that inability may be not the crews fault, it could be patients giving them inaccurate info, not being able to get the patient to give them the correct info but I'm sure as heck going to find out why we have 11.8 million in unpaid bills. that would go a long way to pay for some probably long awaited improvements. But sadly, this isn't just this department that has this problem. If I had a crystal ball and could solve this problem I would be living like Joel Osteen.
  14. Dont' drive like this guy

    Just because you are in an ambulance doesn't give you the right to drive like a DICK!!! https://www.ems1.com/fatal-incidents/articles/314329048-EMS-provider-charged-in-fatal-4-vehicle-crash/?NewsletterID=&utm_source=iContact&utm_medium=email&utm_content=TopNewsLeft1Title&utm_campaign=EMS1Member&cub_id=usr_rYgxvJiMpoxX5g7Z
  15. Posting EKG's Potential Hipaa violation

    ok, in a facebook thread today, someone brought up that posting a 12 lead or just a ECG tracing is a hipaa violation even though you black out the patient name and identifiers. NO, you say it isn't, say it aint so!!. Well actually it is according to the article I will post below. The event ID of the tracing of the 12 lead specifically identifies the patient, not by name but by piece of equipment and a specific patient and can be used to trace it back to that specific patient, and in effect IS a hipaa violation, Here is a great article that was posted to this facebook thread: http://www.the-hospitalist.org/hospitalist/article/126200/how-avoid-data-breaches-hipaa-violations-when-posting-patients-protected Your cardiac monitor identifier numbers related to number 18, and even if you get rid of the first 17, a resourceful person, albeit not very bloody likely, could connect the monitor identifier, patient identifier back to the patient and thus hit you with a Hipaa violation. Advice on this situation - BLACK OUT all identifiers in the top and the bottom of the EKG tracing when you post it to facebook for a case study or you post it here. The facebook thread I was on even said that many of the EKG review sites and case study sites have as a rule for posting that ALL identifying numbers and codes, names and any other numeric identifiers be removed prior to posting or the post will be deleted. It's a one in a million chance that someone will connect the dots, but do you want to be that 1 instead of the 999,999? I sure don't. Be safe out there.