Ruffmeister Paramedic

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  1. Why Sweden? Why Sweden? What education do you have now? I think you would be better served by getting educated in Sweden if that's where you want to move. I'm not sure of their education requirements but I would think they would require a longer education period that what we have here. Would hate for you to get your paramedic here and then Sweden come back and say "Sorry Charlie, you don't have enough education so you need to start over" Here are some helpful links that were very very easy to find if you used Dr. Google. https://www.thelocal.se/discuss/index.php?showtopic=11839?showtopic=11839 This site says you ahve to get a nursing program done first and then add a year of paramedic on top of it. http://www.studyinstockholm.se/university/the-swedish-red-cross-university-college/ And if you think you are going to get a free educaiton in Sweden, according to my understanding, you have to be a citizen of Sweden to get the free schooling. I could be wrong but I'm probably not according to a couple of websites I visited. 14K for a years program if what I'm seeing. but again, I could be wrong. So why Sweden?
  2. I gotta say, I miss Julia's wit
  3. Yeah, when I read this, Mike's comment about Julia was the first thing that popped into my head. "It's good you want to be an emt, maybe a latte and a couple of general courses will make you a great person for wanting to become a emt"
  4. Ok, so what is VN? is that vocational nurse? So you won't get your emt in a month at reputable programs - but if you move to Seattle, you can make 15 an hour. Yeah I k now that was snarky. and I don't know of any other medical program that you can get out of in a month and make 15 per hour. They just dont make that kind of medical program. I could be wrong but I'm probably not. But anyhow, Are you just going to EMT school to get to 15 per hour and if you are, then you aren't doing this for the right reasons. But with that being said, what are you going to do during the time you are in school learning to be an EMT financial wise? You have to work right, what are you doing right now and how much are you making. is there any way you can pick up an extra job until your wife gets out of school and then you can get your education started. You may have to delay your time in getting your emt until she get's out of school and support your family. EMT school will still be there I assure you, California is a EMT mill in and among itself, my understanding is that you can't throw a rock out of a BLS ambulance without hitting a EMT school. Good luck in making some hard decisions in the near future.
  5. I remember your posts MariB and to see the person you have blossomed to be, let's hope our new excited poster becomes half the person you have become.
  6. ok, I'll ask the question that no one ever asks Why did you drink and drive? But that question aside - You will find many of us on this site, myself included that you won't get much support from in your quest to become an EMT. The reason why I say this is one of the worst things we see is the senseless disaster that are drunk driving accidents. They are 100% preventable by the DRUNK who decided to get drunk and then get behind the wheel of the car and drive, then hitting a family or a kid or whatnot and killed them or maimed them. Again, this is 100% preventable and we in this business are tasked with picking up the pieces of this 100% preventable disaster. So this is why we don't have much sympathy for anyone who comes here with stories of having been arrested for drunk driving and wanting to be an EMT. Now that being said, you need to call your state EMS licensing bureau and talk to them directly and ask them about your situation. They and only they can tell you if you can get an EMT license. Then if they say Yes you can, then you then need to call the prospective EMS Agencies you might want to work for and ask them if you can even get insured by them as a 21 year old emt with a previous reckless driving charge on your license which for the places I have worked, reckless driving held just as much NASTY connotations as a drunk driving charge and that person application who had that history on their driving record was immediately placed into the circular file and shredded. I hope you never make the stupid decision of drinking and driving ever again. And yes it was stupid and I hope you learned your lesson. hopefully you know it could have been a lot worse than just getting arrested and ticketed like you were. But I do wish you the best in your future endeavors. But I also do second MedicGirls question, why do you want to be an EMT when you have a degree in Microbiology. I'm sure that degree can get you more money than a 8-10 dollar an hour or so EMT job.
  7. If Turd watch or Rescue 911 or even Emergency showed what we really did on a day to day basis, then they would have only lasted one episode. If those reality shows on right now showed what we really did on a day to day basis they would be on for 1 episode People don't want to see that we may spend the entire day taking dialysis patients and nursing home patients back and forth to the hospital and their houses on one day and then spend one day taking care of a heart attack victim and a couple of sick kids and then the rest of the shift we sat on our butts waiting for a call. People want to see that we are out saving lives, fighting the big 5 alarm fire, saving kids, doing field amputations and delivering babies. Throw in a water rescue and a lady completely covered in Ice in her basement with just her mouth and nose protruding out of the ice and saving her life and then top it all off by going down into the sewers and doing a hand stand defibrillation on a guy in a flooded sewer all the while your partners are holding on to the pipes on the cieling of the sewer. Damnit that's what the public wants to see. And what's really cool to top it all off, everyone of those people, wouldn't you know, we save em. Nobody ever died on Rescue 911. But to be completely honest, the last couple of shifts that I worked prior to pulling my arms and legs into my turtle shell and moving on to my IT career where I don't have to do hand stands, I sat on my rear end and binge watched the walking dead until the last call I got was a transfer from the ER to KU medical center for a post MI patient who honestly was healthier than I was and really could have walked to KU.
  8. I'm with Medicgirl These are the steps i'd follow 1. find out if there's a settlement coming? sounds like he''s been in the LTC facility for a while so he should be getting some sort of settlement unless they didn't sue or something like that. 2. Find him a receiving facility where he's going. That task is on his folks. 3. Start calling the transfer services - they are going to want to know a lot of info, such as distance, if he's on Oxygen, what kind of care he needs, does he need meds and all that stuff. If he doesn't need meds then a basic crew would be fine to take him. If he's on oxygen, the crews will need to make arrangements for replacement oxygen tanks. It looks like in the picture he might need it. 4. Will the medical director sign off on such a long trip, especially when you are going way way out of state. You will need to find a service that specializes in those types of transfers. Not your local 911/transfer provider. AMR or Rural Metro would be my first call if they are local to your area. I've transported a patient from KC Mo all the way to Seattle and we made arrangements with Apria healthcare so when we got low on oxygen, we just called their 800 number and they told us where the next town was with an Apria in it and they took care of us. don't forget bathroom and food breaks for the guy, Kind of difficult to transport someone who has a very special diet so you might be looking into a specialized transport unit with someone who can take care of this guy's needs. Not sure if the transfer ems crew is ready to change diapers and all that. Our patient was a 26 year old cancer patient going to a specialized cancer treatment up in Seattle. Needless to say, this is a terribly long trip for anyone to take this guy on. He's likely not to tolerate it very well. Not sure if I remember how far he was needing to go but back when we did our transport it was nearly 2000 dollars and that was 1992. I'm sure it's at least double or triple or even higher.
  9. It's good that you want to become an EMT but you shouldn't be stressing over this. Why are you stressing over this? You should get an anatomy and physiology course over the summer, that would give you a good understanding of the human body and why it does what it does. A good english composition course would be a good idea, if you are tasked with writing reports you will need good grammar and spelling skills, not what you have been taught in college unless you've been through college level composition courses. Next I would think about working your upper body and lower back strength. You will need to be able to lift very heavy patients and sometimes you may just be with your partner. Conflict resolution skills and basic self defense skills are a must in this line of work as well. That's what I would do during your summer break. See, nothing to stress about.
  10. Julia, you didn't disappoint. don't forget to eat your veggies
  11. Dude, hats off to you as the Immigratino and border protection officer. I had a friend (long time ago) go down to the border, I think he ended up near Natches or (similar sounding name city) Mexico or Texas, he lasted about 9 months and then left. He told me it was the worst 9 months of his life. He's now working in the oil industry over in the UAE making 3.5 mil a year. How things changed for him. I haven't heard from him in about 5 years. I hope he's still doing well.
  12. I meant Syphillis But she's also Like Janice from Friends, she kept coming back to see Chandler.
  13. Oh my goodness, she is like herpes, she keeps coming back.
  14. hope you find the person you are looking for.
  15. Welcome to the city
  16. i don't believe german licenses are accepted anywhere in the US but since most of the US is National Registry based, I would send them a query asking them how to get your National Registry based on your German education/licensure. https://www.nremt.org/rwd/public find in the lower left hand corner of their site under Contact Us, then click Email the NREMT and ask that question. Hope it all works out.
  17. I'm sure Julia will chime in but let me be the first to congratulate you on your Win, but also express condolences on your loss of your friends and well wishes to your father. Now is the time to keep learning, never stop learning and try to learn something new every day.
  18. She's baaaaaaaaaaaaaccccccccccccccckkkkkkkkkkkk! She's got to be a bot. Julia, do you have any other threads you have posted to?
  19. your first step would be to determine which country you want to do this in Second would be to research their requirements and even if they have an established EMS system. I can think of a couple countries or even one continent that would be hard pressed to have an established EMS system. Once you have figured that out, come back to us and let us know. I would think that some of us here could help you out in your searches.
  20. Once you have discussed with medical Director, the ball is officially out of your hands. I'd leave it there until you get a note back from the medical director. You never know who else is a member on this forum, it could be one of your colleagues who reads this and then all hell breaks loose, or we do have families sometimes come here for fishing expeditions. You just never know. And GOD FORBID, don't post anything about the call on Facebook, even to a EMS related facebook site.
  21. Off label has apparantly in this case has it right, sounds like pissing match. Sad case if you ask me.
  22. Red Wing makes good boots I have personally used them in the past. I'm thinking that they will fit your bill.
  23. Yes there is a phenom called pissing matches but when it directly affects your patient's well being, there's a time to speak up. I know I know, some people don't feel comfortable in doing so but there are ways to do so that aren't done on scene. I get wehre you are coming from Offlabel but with more to this story, it sounds like the medics got tunnel vision and focused on one thing when another thing came back and bit them in the butt. As an armchair quarterback, if the patient began to crash to the point of coding, CPR should have been started earlier. Either in the house or in the ambulance as quickly as possible but 10 minutes is a really really long time to go without CPR when we of all people know that Early CPR means a better outcome (sometimes). Jenjas, you sound like a good person, I would at least let your medical director know about this call. they can review it and if needed, contact the ALS services medical director. Good luck in whatever you decide to do.
  24. ok, a couple of things, 10 minutes before starting cpr on a pulseless patient - the question is this "did he die?" I'm sure he did without cpr. But maybe not. Why did they give bicarb? And finally, Fuck ALS if you disagree with their plan of care, it sounds like someone should have disagree'd with their plan of care because it cost this guy 10 minutes of CPR and probably cost his family if he did recover, a lifetime of long term treatment issues because SOMEONE decided to wait on CPR until they got to the ambulance thus depriving his brain and heart of oxygen and circulation that should have been started immediately upon him going into arrest. Not trying to armchair QB this call but no wonder why ALS doesn't like their decisions questioned, in this guys case, those decisions if questioned would have been right to have been questioned.
  25. Had a call on a woman who was sick. On arrival found a woman who had AMA'd out of a psych facility. She had taken her motorized wheelchair and travelled about 8 miles on her fully charged battery. By the time she got to where we picked her up her wheelchair was dead dead dead. We put her on the cot and into the ambulance and she asked about her wheelchair and we told her we didn't have any way of transporting it. So sh,e made us wait 45 minutes until her boyfriend got to the scene with a nice big pick up truck to transport her wheelchair to the psych facility. He refused to put her in the truck and was going to make us take her. An argument ensued when I told him that she didn't qualify for ambulance transport and it would not be paid for if she didn't go with her boyfriend. He still refused to take her,said that she was our responsibility. She then broke up with him right there and he then proceeded to push her wheelchair out of the back of his pickup truck, back over it, and then drive off. So now we have a pissed off psych patient, a totalled wheelchair and a patient who doesn't qualify to go by ambulance. We end up taking her back to the psych facility and dropped her off. The service got no money out of this call, the woman billed us for the damaged wheelchair, they paid the bill to her, and I got a talking to because I apparantly couldn't control the scene. I soon left that service because of assholes that ran that service micromanaging crews.