Just got an email from the City of Pittsburgh saying that I can sign up to take the "Civil Service performance examination for Paramedic". (I applied around half a year ago.) What is this exam? Is it math? Is it body mechanics? Is it about city codes? Is it everything? I haven't been able to find anything about it online.
Anybody have an idea?
I just read an article on FireRescue that said that San Antonio is looking to purchase an "armored medical vehicle" for the agency. What are your thoughts about armored vehicles? Is your department seeking one?
@yakc130 I agree that inconsistency is frustrating. I think a lot of the issue is the lack of a clear message from the local level to the president of The United States. The lack of leadership all around has created a monster that they cannot get back into the box.
My gripe is is about all of the inconsistent stupidity going on.
It seems like the rules don't just change from day to day, they change by the hours or minutes within the same healthcare system!
I'm doing transfers for an"internationally known" system. One hospital doesn't check us. Another takes our temperature. A third takes our temperature, puts a wristband on denoting that we don't have a fever, and are allowed in the facility. And then, they make us foam in, because now "it's all being recorded." All require masks. At least that's consistent.
If anything, it's not the v
FireMedicChick your reply is top notch and makes an entire lot of sense to me, mainly when mentioning nasal cannula. Would it be honest to say that the usage of nasal cannula is usually recommended while the affected person has lots of mouth secretions like this website? What approximately using both nasal cannula AND oxygen masks? Is that even possible?
Hello everyone, I have a question regarding law enforcement dealings with unresponsive patients at the scene. For background on myself, I successfully completed the EMT-B course at TEEX in College Station, Texas back in 2010, but never actually worked as an EMT. The training was a requirement for a contract in Iraq. So what are the rules regarding police moving an unresponsive patient that's in no imminent danger. I realize that some departments have EMT trained and licensed officers, but what I witnessed from the officers was complete incompetency at the least, or an attempt to cover their tr
Back in 2004 the service I was with started with Panasonic Tough Books, but we only used it as our CAD Link and mapping device. When I came on to the service I'm at now, we started using them for E PCR and mapping. We switched from those to the Panasonic Toughbook CF18, which was just a tablet, that you could attach a key board to via a docking station. They weren't user friendly or all that tough given it's. We switched to the CF 33 Toughbook that has a detachable keyboard and we use it for all our documentation, CAD Link and mapping. They are user friendly and fairly tough. We had all our tr
I love it when a plan comes together. The heart of the concept is minimizing cerebral oxygen demand while maintaining a sufficient cerebral perfusion pressure and flow for tissue oxygenation. Assuming an ICP of 20mmHg, it would take a MAP of 80mmHg to maintain a CPP of 60mmHg (I bet MAP guidelines for the management of TBI are suddenly making more sense). Some sedative/analgesic medications balance those considerations better than others. This brings in the concept of flow metabolic coupling (Propofol is particularly good at this as sedative agents go). Agent's with good flow metabolic couplin
Hey, good research topic. our service does not do hypothermia because we are so far away from a STEMI/Cardiac center that there is a real possibility that the patient will begin the re-warming process before they get there.
The only thing we even remotely do is cold packs to the axilla, groin, small of the back and behind the neck. Any further and we feel that we run the risk of doing more harm than good.
Now if we have ROSC and put them in a helicopter from the scene, then we very often put cold packs in those places but thats only if the paramedic thinks of it.
So to m
So am writing a research for college about inducing hypothermia after cardiac arrest by paramedics out of the hospital, So am trying to find the safest ways to start targeted temp. management earlier.
gonna be thankful if you shared thoughts and experiences.
So question, in your next service, if they practice lax infection control will you quit that service again? Not to be the negative nelly, but did you bring up your concerns to management and if you did where did it go?
I have a co-worker at my other service that believes that because he is in great health he won't get Covid regardless of whether he practices infection control or not. I care if he gets it but it's on him and not me.
if you practice good Infection control habits you should be ok, honestly, screw your partners, in the end, you have to go home to your family and if
That would fall more under the definition of emotional support animal. You would have to consult your agency's SOP regarding what to do with those. The agency I just left generally won't take them because the hospitals won't. We could only take service animals as defined by the ADA.
BTW...a dementia patient should have a caretaker or family member who can answer those questions for you. Just be sure to stick to the same ADA allowable questions you would ask the patient.