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  2. I'm also not 'anti-vax'...I AM anti-mandate! I have questions that no one is able to answer, and until they are, I'm not getting the vaccine. There has been far too much disinformation published, and when facts to refute the disinformation is posted, it gets censored. I'm tired of it all! First off, to my knowledge only 1 vaccine has been FDA approved, the other two are still being distributed under the Emergency Use Act. Since they haven't received full FDA approval, they're still considered 'experimental drugs'.
  3. I'm so sorry to hear this! My deepest condolences to family and friends LS
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  5. Things are good here on my side, had a stroke post patient assault in September of last year. That totally sucked. I'm back to normal but it was a long road. Moved from a urban setting to a rural setting (much safer and I can actually let my kids ride their bikes without me being outside watching their every move). Things are good. Thanks Scuba - so the patient blind sided me and hit me in the side of the head. I was unable to defend against it because I didn't see it coming. She hit me full force. Had terrible neck pain after the assault. Nobody expected me to have a significant injury. Fast forward 9 days, I collapsed outside a Massage therapy place (hadn't gone in for the massage and there was no happy ending). Called EMS, transported to the big major stroke center in KC MO had a series of 5 cerebellar strokes. Turns out the assault caused dissections of my middle vertebral arteries - and over that 9 days, clots built up until the stroke occurred. Heparin therapy, oral coumadin, 2 1/2 months of physical therapy and I went back to work 3 monts after the assault. Believe it or not - work comp was spot on and paid for everything and they are sending me a check for 7k for disposition of case. I need the 7k to buy a car that my son totalled. Lifes been interesting.
  6. Dang ruff! I'm so sorry to hear that!
  7. Things are good here on my side, had a stroke post patient assault in September of last year. That totally sucked. I'm back to normal but it was a long road. Moved from a urban setting to a rural setting (much safer and I can actually let my kids ride their bikes without me being outside watching their every move). Things are good.
  8. Damn. How is everyone? Hanging in there otherwise?
  9. Sucks we’ve lost another great provider. Rest easy, brother….we’ve got it from here.
  10. Damn that sucks. Fly high old friend.
  11. Hi all. Marc Moebis, AKA mobey, passed away suddenly yesterday. I don't know anything more than that. 💔 Seems like we just keep losing members of the old guard.
  12. I’m sad to share the passing of Marc Moebis, better known as Mobey on this site. Alberta has lost a great paramedic and mentor
  13. Reviving this. What have employers been telling you? I just got an email today that I have until the end of November to get vaccinated. If I don't, I get placed on 6 weeks leave. If I still don't, it will be considered a voluntary quit. They gave us until 1 November to provide a religious exemption. It seems as if free will and privacy are dead in this country.
  14. I'm mixed on this. On one hand, the amount of people getting sick with Covid just boggles my mind. Around 50% of the patients who come in the our emergency room and that we go get in the ambulance are either covid symptomatic or actually have covid. For that reason I'd like to see everyone vaccinated but on the other hand....... I totally understand the mentality that people have who do not want the shot. I'm not sure that I agree with it but I'm not going to push a vaccine mandate on them. I am hearing of hospitals who are mandating for continued employment the vaccination and they are losing about 25% on average staff. I' m sure the hospital or EMS system have taken into consideration how many people they may lose and are ok with that. For my EMS Agency (about 18 total people) we have at least 3 if not 4 that will quit if the vaccine becomes mandatory for continued employment and that would cripple our ability to fully staff/respond to the community. As for the hospital itself, I'm thinking that around 25% of the staff will refuse the vaccination which would again, damage badly our ability to provide care to patients in need. yesterday case in point, we had a transfer to a hospital about 200 miles away(the only hospital in a 400 mile radius that could take care of this patient) and I'm not sure if they got the patient transferred or not due to staffing levels. Having one ambulance on a transfer of that distance and length of time leaves us with one ambulance in the entire county of around 20000 people/900 square miles. We only average about 5 calls a week that put both our ambulances on the road at the same time (not including transfers) but you can see how having even a small number of staff down can really cause havoc. So I don't know the answer and I don't think there is. I am not anti vax like some people say, I'm antimandate.
  15. We were having this debate at our station. What are your thoughts?
  16. Hello all! Stay safe! 

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  18. Hypothetical or not - this is a terrible idea - plain and simple. No matter how many times we run the same addict, we still took an oath and it's part of the job - we go to help the person. We don't put the same parameters on the person who is 400 pounds (due to very poor diet) who we go get every week or 3 x a week at home and transport to the hospital We don't put the same parameters on the elderly person who is living at home who pushes the button on their medic alert device We don't put the same parameters on the drunk who continues to fall down and passes out do we We don't put the same parameters on the diabetic who refuses to take their insulin or medication but still continues to eat mcdonalds or every time you go to their house you find a huge bag of Haribo gold gummi bears and a case of coca cola. I learned long ago that "It's not my emergency, I'm not paid to get my panties in a bunch because I B Bangin" overdosed again for the 36th time in Heroin alley and I've got to put on my "Supermedic" hat to go save his life again. My service pays me to go and put a IV catheter in his vein, dump a little bit of narcan in his body and wake him up again and have him sign the refusal so he can go do this again for the next crew. A good friend of mine in sunday school was teaching and he had a wonderful class topic called "My response is my responsibility" and in the end, how I respond to this situation dictates how I deal with I B Bangin's condition and I choose to treat him like I would treat my own family member who overdosed on heroin - Im going to do everything in my power to bring him back from the dead and let him see his next fix. I'm not here to pass judgement, I'm here to work. If anyone reading this falls into the "3 strikes and your out" mentality that seems to be slowly pervasively moving into EMS, then honestly, get the Fuck out of EMS, you don't belong here, your thinking SUCKS Big donkey balls. And if your service is beginning to think like that then as a very very valued member of this forum (DustDevil god rest his soul) used to say "Your service Sucks" and that I agree with.
  19. I have heard of many U S jurisdictions considering 3 strike rule implementation. Unfortunately, 3 strikers, and the full run of frequent flyers, are a part of the job. I didn't like those calls when I was still working, either, but some of that is actually our bread and butter. Everyone would be a PTSD case, if all we handled were multiple alarm fires, 20 car pileups, and planes into apartment buildings, in the course of a workweek. Just administer the Narcan to effect, get them breathing again. Restrain them as nessesary as per your regional accepted policies, and transport. NEVER slam the entire amount of Narcan, as that's when they're going to really become agitated, and they'll attack anyone and everyone who, in their muddled AMS state, they associate with the ruining of their high!
  20. nick72

    3 times rule

    I realize that. I was speaking hypothetically.
  21. Watch how quickly you as an individual, as well as your EMS agency, get sued by the family of the 3 strikes patient, when said patient dies. You and agency will be charged with "Failure to act", under malpractice. It could mean your certification or license revocation, as well as the state Department of Health closing down the agency. This would be the potential results, were this to follow what I believe are New York State DoH rules and regulations. I'm going on memory, as I'm now retired 10 years. Addendum: Would you refuse a frequent flyer who calls for help due to more than 3 times, due to their Angina condition? An uncontrolled diabetic? An asthma patient?
  22. We've all encountered drug addicts needing EMS. A lot of the time they need Narcan. A lot of the time we have to put them in restraints and risk our lives because they are combative. I have had discussions with EMS personnel who advocate a "3 times rule." If you OD on drugs and require EMS, we will help you 3 times. But if you ever drink or drug again to the point of needing EMS after 3 times, we will refuse to help you. After all, there are SO many innocent people who require EMS because of natural health issues, why should we continue to render aid to combative drug addicts who don't even value their OWN lives, let alone yours? What's your opinion?
  23. This company appears to have the contract. They provided a link to the company website. Looks like a decent sized company that does government contract work as a specialty. The open position was to start 20 May in Denver. I received an email prior to the start date, and another one after the start date. I can't believe that they couldn't fill the position.
  24. I wonder if it's some contract contingency kind of thing. I've run into a few of those. They don't actually *have* the contract yet but want to make sure they have a crew so they can hit the ground running if they are awarded it.
  25. So I got another email from a visiting nurse type organization offering the same set-up. They quoted a salary, but they don't say how long the contracted trip is for. It's very tempting.
  26. Yeah, I think you dodged a bulllet on this one. Keep on keeping on.
  27. Agree. My employer requires the usual FEMA NIMS certs, plus a hazmat cert to be able to deploy and do vaccinations. I don't understand how a private company can skirt the Federal requirements. Fortunately, I have gone ahead and said, "thanks, but no thanks for now" to them.
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