medicgirl05

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  1. I was so excited to laugh until I cried...but sadly I'm not in Canada so I couldn't watch. :-(
  2. Actually we pulled the stretcher mounts out and left the stretcher at the scene, one backboard on the bench and 2 on the floor. Not safe and I wouldn't recommend it, but we really didn't have much option that day. In 10+ years that's the only time I've felt it necessary to transport like that, so I'm not suggesting it at all.
  3. He was a super nice guy, but that day I literally could have strangled him! The same guy was cutting a lady out of her wrecked vehicle and I pointed out the metal hanging out of her arm so he wouldn't disturb it, well he thought I wanted him to pull it out and he did exactly that! In the situation it was a bit of a relief because it turned out to be superficial but it could have been a BAD deal. Now back to the actual thread...sorry for my reminiscing.
  4. I'm not sure the logic behind it, maybe because you wouldn't otherwise use a car seat that's been in a wreck? Interesting story-I once worked a bad single vehicle rollover. 5 adult patients and 1 probably 3 month old. Rural area and we were the only ambulance within about 30 miles. Bad weather so no air support. On arrival all the patients were scattered over the scene, I assessed the baby first and it was in a car seat, no obvious trauma, and crying. I went to assess everyone else and the whole time I was listening for that babies cry, because if I could hear it crying it was breathing. At one point one of the volunteer firefighters walks up to me with the baby in his arms wanting me to make it stop crying. You know when you're super busy and somebody disturbs the "plan" you have? I was super frustrated because in my head I couldn't put the baby back in the car seat and it wasn't big enough to secure in the onboard system. I put the baby back in anyway because there was literally nowhere else to transport it. I had 3 adult patients on backboards in my ambulance.
  5. Most 911 services I have worked for had a child safety seat built into the captains chair, it made it quick to secure the child, but I'm not sure if that is the best option. I also was told that if a child was in a wreck and you didn't take the child out of their car seat you could transport them in it, but if they were removed from it then the car seat couldn't be used.
  6. Post your questions...I am sure people will respond. At least I probably will respond.
  7. I don't think there's anyway a person can know how stressful the job is without doing it for a few years and running some terrible calls, I sure didn't...but you didn't want advice on that so against my better judgment I'm going to skip that part. First, I would be super careful posting about depression/suicide if there's ANY way the post can be traced to you. Police departments do online searches of your name and some are VERY thorough. Question 1-I've worked for about 4 different EMS agencies and besides asking how I handle stress nothing about depression or mental health has come up. Question 2- If the department requires a physical exam the meds might come up, I've worked with several people who were on anti-depressants and it didn't interfere with them getting hired in EMS. Question 3- I recently went through the sheriff departments hiring process, and it is VERY intense. You do a long background investigation and they contact quite a few people.You also have to pass a psychological evaluation where you meet with a psychiatrist. Mine asked me different questions about stress and how I deal with people and situations, it got pretty detailed. I spent about 20 minutes talking to him, I don't know how your history would affect this part. Good luck with whatever you decide.
  8. As an EMT and paramedic I always carried a field guide. In the beginning I used it every once in a while, but then it was just part of my uniform. It made me feel better having it even though I probably didn't use it in the last 5 years or so... When I did use it it was more for looking up medications...of course smart phones weren't really a thing back then. It doesn't hurt to carry one, but they make some good field guide phone apps these days I hear. Get certified first though, don't get in too far without that certification.
  9. A latte has helped me be a paramedic many times. Lol
  10. Have you heard of John Puryear? He's in Texas, but has audio files that helped me pass the paramedic national registry. Also, try taking tests on FISDAP. That will help you get more comfortable with the test taking. Good luck!
  11. emt

    Some EMS agencies allow people to do ride alongs, you might want to stop by your local service to chat with them. The EMT class is a short class that you can find at a college near you. You are not required to take anything prior to that course, but a college level English class would be helpful as well as medical terminology. You have to be 18 to certify as an EMT. You must have the EMT certification to advance in EMS. Why do you want to work in EMS? Feel free to post follow up questions.
  12. So your entire motivation for becoming an EMT is money? Do you have any idea what an EMT does? And EMT school requires clinicals that don't normally fit into a nice little box. If you want to be a nurse, be a nurse. That being said, idk what the pay is like where you are. I know where I am EMT's are a dime a dozen and 15/hour isn't realistic. However, overtime is usually readily available. Also, non traditional EMT classes are usually available but in my opinion the quality isn't as good. I took a non traditional class 3 nights a week with a few Saturdays thrown in for 3 months. I was in high school so I thought it would be fun, didn't expect to make a career out of it. Anyway, 30 people took the class and 2 of us passed national registry. Good luck with whatever you decide.
  13. This may very by state, as the state is the licensing body...I work in Texas, so I'll speak to that. I assume the process will be similar, but won't swear to it. A misdemeanor on your record shouldn't prohibit you from becoming licensed, the problem would be an agency hiring you because of insurance concerns related to the reckless driving. If this gets expunged, I would think it's no longer an issue. Question for you-Why do you want to be an EMT? If you have a degree in microbiology it seems like you could use that for a much better career with advancement opportunities. No judgment, I'm interested in your answer.
  14. Yes, the question is do you want to be a firefighter? If you're asking if becoming a volunteer fire fighter first would be a leg up my answer would be a big fat NO. I guess that could be different in your area. There is a line between fire and EMS that is difficult to be on both sides of. It took me YEARS and lots of effort, to gain respect of firefighters in my area, but now they are some of the best friends I have. Here in Texas you do have to be an EMT to be a certified firefighter, but that may depend on your state. Fire and EMS are 2 different services, different passions.
  15. This is interesting. I don't have a lot of advice, but here goes. The first thing is, does he actually need medical care(during transport) or just like hygiene things? In one of the updates the dad mentions finding an EMT or nurse to accompany him on a commercial flight for emergency medication administration...an EMT without a medical director is just a person. Without more details I'm thinking this option isn't realistic. A private service near me took a patient 5 states away(20 hours one way), they took 4 medics and switched drivers every few hours. The family of the patient had plenty of money and offered enough money that the private service accepted it. I think the first issue here is him having a place to go when he gets there, and I have no idea how that works. I'm sorry I couldn't offer more advice. Hopefully someone else will have some words of wisdom for this man. Did he, or will he, receive and kind of settlement from the driver of the vehicle that hit him? That money could help.