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  1. 4 points
    Hi. Although politics are not for everyone, this area was designed for those that want to discuss politics and other items not EMS related. Many of the members here have other interests besides EMS and what better place to discuss them than with people you already know from other discussions. I welcome you to join in or perhaps find a different topics that you enjoy and post.
  2. 4 points
    Hey everyone! Glad I found you all, from what I've gathered from some brief browsing, this seems like a good place to get advice on the world of EMS! So, I'd thought I'd just directly ask this community some on my questions, as I'm a little on the fence about pursuing EMT and Paramedic Should I become an EMS student and eventually an EMT? Also, will my age hinder me greatly? What are the challenges of studying to be an EMT that I should be aware of? If you're concerned about the emotional and mental strain of the job, but know it is a challenge you want to try and overcome, should you think twice? Sorry for all the big questions, any answers or advice you could give me would really be appreciated! Thanks in advance!
  3. 4 points
    Should I become an EMS student and eventually an EMT? As many discussed, what are your intentions? If you have to ask.. probably not. This is really tying to be a profession. My advice is to go to academic studies and obtain your general education. You will need them no matter what you decide to do. Also, will my age hinder me greatly? Yes!.. Most professional services require minimum of 21 years of age for insurance (unless self insured) .. I have seen many of requiring up to the age of 23. Again, this is a profession. What are the challenges of studying to be an EMT that I should be aware of? It is nothing like you see on television. Usually, there are several hours of boredom with few minutes of terror! Studying basic EMT is simple, it is set at at a 10-12'th grade reading level. Repetitive practice will allow you to master the basic skills. Again, as you master other academic courses such as anatomy, chemistry, English, Psychology, EMT course will be a breeze. If you're concerned about the emotional and mental strain of the job, but know it is a challenge you want to try and overcome, should you think twice? There is an emotional factor that we are now seeing more than ever. Not everyone is emotionally stable enough to handle the hum-drum of EMS and the abuse calls. If your looking for a high adrenaline job, chances are EMS is not what your looking for. I used to say age is not a factor, but I regret saying that. I believe the nature of our business is being able to understand the whole business of EMS. That we are there for patients (not vice/versa) and the 3' o-clock for grandma being lonely is just as important as that truama call... grieving parents or the new widow of the spouse of 65 years.... and yes, it's also a business. To provide care but also make money.... It's not that younger members can't but research has proven that many do not mature until early twentys. I ask you... What's the hurry? Really.... EMS will be there for you, if you do make a rational and educated answer. It's much better than entering only to never really enter it or leave it in 3-4 years, before one has obtained true experience Good luck, R/r 911
  4. 4 points
    Welcome. Direct questions are some of the best questions to ask. Why beat around the bush? I don't know. Should you? What do you think? Are you up for it? Do you want it? As Clutzy said the only person who can answer this is you. How old are you? The challenges are different for everybody. They largely depend on you, who you are, your background and your motivations. Do you second guess other decisions in your life based on similar concerns? EMT class and being an EMT or paramedic isn't the only challenge people face that brings with it emotional or mental strain. How do you face these other challenges? Your answer to how you face those challenges will help you decide if you're up to this challenge. You're welcome.
  5. 3 points
    It is nice to see all the old faces. Perhaps now is the time for the students to become the teachers. There are plenty of new providers that need the wisdom that you all have gained over the years. Stick around. Make this your home again. Post something interesting and welcome the rebuttals and questions. Engage in others and make them think, and let them return the favor. EMT City has been around for a long time and it is because of the members like you that we are still here. I thank you for that and I look forward to seeing your posts.
  6. 3 points
    Clubs, OOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHH so you mean like the Calvin and Hobbes club GROSS (Get Rid of Slimy girlS) club??? Can I be the first to make one? Please please please.
  7. 3 points
    Should I become an EMS student and eventually an EMT? This is totally up to you. I took my EMT-Basic class when I was a senior in High School (not part of school but rather a class through the fire department). It was tough. I started the class at 17 and graduated at 18. Was it tough for a 17 year old kid? Yes. I enjoyed the class but you better make sure that EMS is what you want to do. I knew I wanted to eventually be a medic. It took me 12 years to eventually hit that goal. Was it worth it? Yes. I was grateful that I had the experience I did when I was in medic school. I think it helped me alot. I suggest taking a basic class and then getting your feet wet. This way you can decide if EMS is truly what you want to do. I have seen students come and go and I have seen many of them brand new EMTs with no experience that quit because they realized it isn't all daiseys and roses. Just being honest. Also, will my age hinder me greatly? It can. I was 18, but as stated before, more and more services are requiring you to be 21 because of insurance purposes. You should look into your area. What are the challenges of studying to be an EMT that I should be aware of? You learn really fast that this is real life. What you see in the Hollywood is not what EMS is. Many times you run a code, the person dies. I have had one save in my career. The rest have died. Thats how life is. Diseases are VERY real. HIV, Hep-c, Hep-B, all of that.....yes it is real and yes you could be exposed. Get an accidental needle poke and you suddenly realize how scary it can be waiting test results. Class is serious. Yes, we all goof and have fun but you are learning how to save someone or help them when they are in need. If you use improper skills you that can be the difference between life or death. Don't think you can just breeze through it. You need to study and you need to know your stuff. Do NOT get cocky!!! You may think you know it all but there is a difference between book smarts and street smarts. It is my personal pet peeve to have students come in that think they know it all. You are there to LEARN, not to prove how much you know. Sorry if it sounds harsh but I don't sugar coat it. EMS is not a sugar coated profession. If you're concerned about the emotional and mental strain of the job, but know it is a challenge you want to try and overcome, should you think twice? If you question your personal abilities you need to really put thought into this profession. Yes, there have been calls that have gotten to me. It happens. As I said above it is not all roses and daiseys. But also know that there are services that are available to help you deal with some of the stress. I have found that talking with the person on the call with me helps me if I doubt something I did. If I am with a basic, we discuss the call or even go talk to the doctor to get some input. You need to be able to have positive coping skills. Going to the bar and getting drunk it not healthy. Make sure to have a hobby that you enjoy. I found that my photography is a great way of coping with the stress of work at times. If you find that you can't handle the consistant stress then you should get out. I am not trying to be mean so don't take what is above personally. I had someone tell me pretty much what I told you when I was wondering about getting into EMS. I am glad she did. I walked into this profession knowing that it was going to be tough. I love what I do and I am very happy in EMS. There are some lessons that you have to learn the hard way but they can make you a good EMT or medic if you learn from your mistakes. Ash
  8. 2 points
    I'm an EMT Student trying to decide what path to follow. I know for a fact that I want to do EMS, and nothing else, but the best paying jobs in my area are for FF/EMT-P. There are ambulance districts around me, but pretty much all but one pays less than $15 an hour. I really don't have any desire to go putting on turnout gear and climbing up ladders, but I have heard that many firefighters are on the ambulance majority, if not all the time. I wouldn't even mind doing medical calls on the fire truck and extrications. The FD jobs are very hard to get, but is it worth it? I don't want to be stuck on a fire truck all of the time.. Should I just stick to EMS? Thanks, JT
  9. 2 points
    So Tyler and I met about 5 years ago at the hotel restaurant that he was staying at in the D.C. Area. I was living in Baltimore and he was travelling in for a National red cross training gig. So we meet up for a marathon chat session. He walks over and I'm thinking Man what a presence. He tells me "I hope I can fit in there" meaning the booth. I said "if I can so can you brother" and he did fit. We had a great laugh at our girth's expense.(I do know that 3 years ago he sent me a picture of him in a train car in a booth where he was fitting with room to spare and he said "remember the booth at the hotel?") We had drinks, a great steak, laughs at the cities most reverent members expense(Dust, Ace, Dwayne, Mike, Eydawn, some others I cannot remember), he told me that he was going to marry that lovely woman in his life, I talked to him about my SUCK's donkey balls job where he told me to quit if I didn't like it and stop bitching(I quit 6 weeks later) and everything in between. He told me something that I remember well, he said that Life only happens once, it happens to the best of us and you just have to grab it and hope that it treats you kindly. Tyler was always available to me, I could call him and he would answer, he called me a couple of times with personal and job related issues and we always had each others backs. Tyler, you will be missed - you were a true friend, if I was able I'd be at your funeral but trust me when I say, I'll be there in spirit to ride that supply logistics train one last time with you to heaven because heaven doesn't get resupplied by just any silly amateur, they need a pro and they picked you my friend. Stay the course, we got it down here, your job is done on Earth, it's only beginning upstairs. Ruff
  10. 2 points
    I believe he was 28, and the wedding was to be next year. I'll check with Jennifer (his fiancé) to see if I can get an address to send cards and such to. She is trying to put together a memorial for him. When I know more, I'll pass it on....
  11. 2 points
    So, I am now in EMT class, again. I took it once before many years ago and really enjoyed it. However I was never able to work EMS. At the time I took the class, I was also in backgrounds for the Sheriffs Dept in my home county. So when I was hired as a Deputy, I was asked to let my EMT certification expire, as they did not want any liability and did not want to provide me with any materials. I left law enforcement for many reasons, after 5 years of service to them, considered going back, but the timing just wasnt right for me personally. I began driving a Semi truck hauling hay, and later hazmat, and hazmat took me to Los Angeles. Recently the wife and I wanted to move back closer to our families, and I was tired of driving a truck and dealing with hazwaste and bio-hazard medical research waste. So we moved up here. I worked for a short time as a propane install specialist, but left when I took my paid family leave for when my daughter was born. After that I had to get onto disability, as a hand injury I didn't take proper care of when I broke my hand, really came back and bit me. getting ready for my second surgery now. So, here I am, back in EMT school for a second time. This time to stay.
  12. 2 points
    Brother/Sister, I have done that. It's liberating but was terrifying at the time I did it. I left EMS for IT consulting and I was scared whitless. I remained at my EMS job part time but in the end, I mostly retired and have not been happier. Have you thought about finding work with a smaller rural service that is less busy yet provides patient care/transport/benefits of a small service? Sometimes a break is all you need. 6 months to do something different. Do you have the means just to travel the country? Trust me, EMS will not die without you working in it for a year or so!!!
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  14. 2 points
    why are you asking? There has to be a reason. There are really only a couple of reasons why people with 0 posts come here and ask this question 1. you had it happen to you 2. You had it happen to you 3. you had it happen to a friend or a loved one 4. 1 or 2 or 3 happened and something bad happened as an outcome and you are here to get our expert opinion so you can now call an attorney and sue the hell out of that ambulance service 5. None of the above and you are just curious or starting out in EMS and you have an enquiring mind. My bet is on #4 so I'm not saying anything that will help you until you tell us more about why you are asking.
  15. 2 points
    At least he used his turn signal...
  16. 2 points
    Lets solve a problem. What does a pediatric patient need, to be safe in our ambulances? For arguments sake... lets call a pediatric patient a child between 5 and 99 pounds. Parts to discuss: 1. Ambulance environment (e.g. the equipment we carry, how we carry and secure it, our own bodies not restrained while we transport) 2. What do we do, or not do to make sure that a kid is as safe as possible in our ambulances (what if we wreck while transporting them?) 3. What does the kid expect from us? Do they consider their own safety or is that our job? 4. How can we meet their safety needs better?
  17. 2 points
    Site went missing for a few minutes. Accidentally dragged the site folder to a different directory and could not find it. But.. I found it. That could have been bad.
  18. 2 points
    1. ive only dropped one patient 2. oops wrong drug 3. its okay your my first patient 4. ive never done this before, lets give it a try 5. *starting a 14 ga IV* little poke on 3 6. hmmm that doesnt look right 7. what the f*ck 8. oh Sh*t 9. oops anyone care to add
  19. 2 points
    Try Activity - Unread Content. The latest update changed the button to a menu item I think.
  20. 2 points
    In 15 years, I've only had one pt not respond to a dose or two of benzos and we ended up RSI'ing him. Just remember when you RSI status that just because the body movement has stopped, doesn't mean the brain activity has stopped.
  21. 2 points
    Thank you all for responding! To answer your questions, I'm turning 18 next month, and graduating high school this June. I really appreciate all the advice! Thank you by the way, Clutzy, for mentioning the human aspect. It's reassuring to hear that what makes the most difference to the patients is being able to connect with them Few more questions if you all could answer them, What's the Brady Book? What can I get a head start on that will help me through tough classes like A&P? Thanks again everyone!!
  22. 2 points
    It depends on the services in your area. Are they welcome to your age? My 19 year old daughter got her certification last Tuesday.
  23. 2 points
    I just finished my EMT course after graduating HS. As far as learning the information, the tests were a piece of cake( at least the ones my teacher gave us) but I still studied my butt off because I knew that all the information will count at some point. I don't know how long your course will be but they cram in a lot if info in a short amount of time and most of the people there would just study what they needed to pass the test, we didn't even go through the whole book. I made sure that I read the whole book and researched EVERY thing that was discussed in class. I was one of the youngest in the class but by the end of the semester people were asking me to run their scenarios and quiz them (teaching someone else something is the best way to learn and remember it!) I still have to take the written exam but I have a good bit experience on an ambulance and I don't find that my age hinders me much. As long as you are willing to learn and ask question no one really cares how old you are. If you decide to go for it, make some connections with the older more experienced people in the class. Demonstrate to your instructors that you really want to learn and always volunteer to do things and they will see that and help you more than the kids playing on their phone in the corner. I was lucky enough to know someone that has been in EMS for a while so I keep in touch with him discuss everything I am confused with. Hope that helps
  24. 1 point
    I agree with Mike with a higher standard of education will come with more respect as a profession. With this I believe salaries will improve as well. I have an an AAS in Paramedic Technology, In the US that only really helps you in two states: Oregon where a degree is required to be a paramedic and Texas which leads to being licensed instead of Certified but you can work as a certified Paramedic. If you look at some international systems a lot have higher standards. For example in Canada where pay can be 2 to 3 times what it is here, just to become a Primary Care Paramedic, which is their equivalent to the US EMT-B it is required to obtain a 2 year degree once complete and after 3 years of experience they can move on to Advanced Care Paramedic which is an additional year of training. Places in New Zealand and Australia require a Bachelor Degree to obtain empoyment as a Paramedic.
  25. 1 point
    Hi All, Some of you may remember me as ‘Timmy’, the annoying and overly enthusiastic 16 year old cadet from Australia. It’s definitely been a number of years since I’ve been on here but I’ve gown up, done a few university degrees and working in the real world now – thanks to the support of some people on here, back in the day. I recognise a few names from all those years ago, hopefully I can get in touch with a few of you.
  26. 1 point
    I am alive. Have traveled to the Four Corners of the Globe and back...have done a million things most only dream about (nightmares included). Got lost in it all, had some setbacks, challenges, lawsuits, PTSD, mid-life crisis, therapy, revaluation of all things important and redesigning my life going forward. I REALLY need to get busy writing my book....would make a great screen play as well, has everything a good action/drama needs and then some. Bought a part time home in a very rural area, still flip flop between FL and my new home. Took a per diem job where nobody knows me just so I can be "on the ambo" again. Started two new companies and doing government work. Talked with Dust's mom recently via FB...was purging some old picture folders and I ran across a bunch from the FIRST and ONLY EMT City Meet Up in Orlando...she had never seen them so I shared with her. Blog time? Hey everyone...
  27. 1 point
    Well to be honest, I did give her the means and the opportunity, so lessons learned. But once the docs realized that my wound was not through into the chest cavity, they cancelled the activation, they sutured my wound and gave me 10 days of Vicodin, keflex and a tetanus shot. The police were no freakin help, around where I come from, psych patients who try to kill you don't get charged. but I did get a bunch of sympathy nookie from the girlfriend at the time. That's a TOTAL win.
  28. 1 point
    We have had some interesting results since we swapped to Ketamine as our primary induction agent with our status patients. Where previously they were unresponsive to Midazolam, they often cease seizing on induction. As we do not routinely paralyse our status patients unless their seizure activity prevents their oxygenation, so the tube is maintained with sedation alone. Previously when our induction was Fentanyl/Midazolam, you would get brief periods where the patient would cease seizing but then recommence and you were often bolusing midazolam during transport on top of you sedation. I love Ketamine so much, can't remember life before ketamine (I don't want to remember it either)
  29. 1 point
    Still kicking! Although moved a thousand miles or so. Goodbye Ohio, hello Texas! ’zilla
  30. 1 point
    Bushy! It's been way too long, mate. How've you been?
  31. 1 point
    I just started an Advanced EMT course. May God rest my soul. I don't know what I was thinking.
  32. 1 point
    Haha, being short does have some advantages thank you so much! I start orientation on 9/11/17 for AMR Southwest in AZ
  33. 1 point
    Well they can say they are THEEE BEST all they want but what's their pass rate for students on the national registry? that's the proof if they are the best. If their students can't pass the registry then they haven't done their job. Again, if they make you do push ups and other physical punishment because of someone else's issue, that's douchbaggery 101, it sounds like they are modelling it after boot camp. YOu aren't paying money to the school to help them discipline someone else. But you are in it now so play along with the pseudo-drill sergeants and if the troublemakers keep making trouble, it might be time to have a come to jesus meeting with them.
  34. 1 point
    Scheduling depends on what kind of service you work for. In my area 911 providers work a 24 on/48 off shift or 48/96. Private services around me usually staff a couple 12 hour trucks, a 16 hour truck, and a couple 24 hour trucks. Again, it all depends on where you are and what you want. International work...I don't know anything about nature trips, but most oils field and contract military stuff is for seasoned paramedics. Whatever you decide to do good luck to you! And, from an old seasoned medic, make sure you find healthy ways to destress before you are too far in. This is a hard job and it takes a toll over the years.
  35. 1 point
    There is the "tyranny of distance" as it is referred to in combat medicine, where the tactical situation prolongs extraction of a patient to definitive care. I have seen tactical situations where an ambulance was parked 100 yards away but took 30 minutes or more to reach the patient because of safety concerns and volatility of a situation. For extracting the patient, who will do that when the officers on the SWAT teams are engaged in a search for the subject or explosive devices? That's not a setting the average street medic is trained to be in. TECC training and the Rescue Task Force concept gets us closer to where we need to be, but this trauma care at the point of wounding is a small portion of what the SWAT medic does. Many SWAT teams, mine included, do foot patrols to locate subjects in wooded areas that are a significant distance from a road or other route of extraction. Those medics have to carry not only their tactical protective gear (body armor, helmet, gloves, gas mask) but also water, snacks, and medical supplies. If you look at the average "first in" bag on an ambulance, it is not in any way designed for being carried a distance over rough terrain for a long period of time. So they need to have a kit that is specially designed with that in mind (it's more than throwing stuff together. Much of the kit has to be repackaged altogether, and interesting choices made to reduce size and cube.) And that whole time you are advancing on a subject that may be lying in wait for you. The average street medic has probably not been trained in tracking, terrain selection, and counter-ambush techniques. And then there is the prolonged field care during extraction from that scene. Carrying a grown man over rough terrain takes a lot of time, a lot of people, and cannot be done easily. The SWAT medic is also responsible for team health, preventive medicine, minor injury care, sick call, medical contingency planning, and analysis of medical resources. No mission goes out the door without a medical plan and the SWAT medic is the one to create it. Appropriate hospitals for various issues, casualty collection points (primary and secondary) unconventional means of carrying patients there from and possibly through a hostile environment, conventional prehospital medical systems (EMS, flight) and their capabilities. Commo plans are an achilles heel at all times and need to be vetted, but no cop knows how to get hold or a hospital, so that falls to the medic. A team that has a mishap grilling food for the group may find itself completely combat ineffective for the mission if there is a case of food poisoning. Someone has to think about that, and someone has to treat it to keep guys on the line. Something as simple as a dental issue can be a distraction for someone at the wrong time. A corneal abrasion, properly treated, is the difference between the operator finishing that mission or not. SWAT medics fill many responsibilities other "take care of the guys that's shot."
  36. 1 point
    Recently, I've been apart of some active shooter drills and MCI drills with SWAT medics. The tactic currently in use, at least in my experience, is team members initiate a sweep ignoring victims except a quick search for weapons, then a secondary team comes through to check the victims, stabilize with tourniquets etc and evacuate to the green zone. Rarely did the care they provided need the skills of a medic, but having the skills to rapidly triage in the thick of it is not something every medic has the skill to do.
  37. 1 point
    I heard this story on NPR this morning on my way in to work. We've been asking the same question here for years! It's nice to see it finally getting some daylight. Here's the story: Why send a firetruck to do an ambulance's job?
  38. 1 point
    I have never worked anywhere(I'm in south Texas) that you could absolutely refuse to transport anyone. We could suggest they wait and see there PCP, or drive themselves to the ER; but ultimately if the patient wanted to be transported we had to do that.
  39. 1 point
    I was in Iraq multiple times and on multiple occasions we were attacked by people that walked past us. There are no uniforms, no lines. It's a bad situation made worse by a mad man with chemical weapons. Since I got booted medically I've had to watch cities I fought in fall to evil hands and watch my brothers go and take them back. It leaves a bitter taste. This situation will put us in a bad spot, meaning there is no real win, but there is a defend the weak. If we send ground troops the leash better be off.
  40. 1 point
    I think it is appropriate to discuss. No, it's not EMS related but that is why admin set up a non-EMS thread. Now, if someone can't discuss politics and keep it at an adult level of behavior, maybe that person shouldn't be here.
  41. 1 point
    I think that's totally irrelevant to this website, and politics are best left off of here.
  42. 1 point
    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.
  43. 1 point
    Welcome. There are a lot of seasoned providers who contribute to these forums. This should be made clear up front so as to avoid any misunderstanding: Just because you don't like what you're reading/hearing doesn't make that information wrong or incorrect. Please seriously consider the posts above and the questions posed. While there is certainly excitement to be had working in EMS there is also a lot of physical and emotional stress involved in the job. The job is physically demanding. It is emotionally draining. Some self reflection and having a good idea of your motivation for becoming involved is going to be a good idea. That being said please consider this in addition to the above: It's ok to not know what your motivations are at the moment. It's ok to not be sure if this is really something you want to do. It's ok to get excited about the prospect of everything in which you're thinking of becoming involved. That excitement, however, should not be your sole or even your primary motivation. It should be an added benefit. It's ok to get involved in your local rescue squad to see if this is something you'd like to further pursue. It's ok to decide you like it and want to continue. It's also ok to decide you don't like it and walk away from it. This is a professional endeavor. Your patients, their families and other medical staff with whom you'll interact will expect a level of professionalism that you may not have yet experienced. This won't be high school (although station antics may have you questioning that from time to time). Be ready to be an adult. Be ready to see and experience things that will shake you more deeply than you could have ever considered. Education is important. The biggest problem facing EMS in the US today is education or inadequate education. Learn as much as you can. Never stop learning. No matter what people will tell you taking college level coursework (anatomy, math, history, writing, bio, chem and more) will help you become a better provider and a better person. There is nothing wrong with being educated. So where do you start? Find an EMT course. Register. Getting into an EMT class and successfully completing the course is your first step. Start your college coursework. In the meantime if you can become involved in your local rescue squad start the process. Keep an open mind. Learn when to ask questions then ask them. Or ask us. Someone here will have an answer for you. Lastly, don't stress about this. You're young. You're excited. You're motivated. You'll get there. Just take a deep breath and take that first step.
  44. 1 point
    Sounds like some bad calls were made. Would the outcome have been any different? There is no way to know. One thing you will learn in the medical field is that no one will publicly discuss mistakes/bad decisions. Doing so, opens up everyone on the call (yourself included) to a lawsuit. As others have said, discuss it with the medical director but I wouldn't say anything more about it in a public forum.
  45. 1 point
    I think this is one of those situations where it was an on-scene judgement call. Depending on exactly what was going on at the time might change one's answer. 10 minutes is too long to go without CPR but what exactly was happening when the arrest occurred? Was the pt on a stairchair in between flights? Were they in bed? That would make a huge difference in how quickly you could start compressions. OP, being that you almost chanted BLS before ALS, it makes me wonder about your experience level. You may not understand why some things are done the way they are. You say that there were other meds that the ALS crew could have given. What were they and what were the indications? We don't just push meds to be pushing meds. If the pt lost his pulse in a place where it would be reasonable to start working the code, then it should have been worked. Once the pt codes, there is very little that the ER can do that a properly trained and equipped ALS unit can't do. Too much missing to make an informed decision at this point.
  46. 1 point
    Hot button topic that you might be acutely familiar with already. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Cumulative Stress Injury. Do a comparative analysis as well as statistics (that you can find) Or, how about Doctor Assisted euthanasia?
  47. 1 point
    Cleaning equipment, wow that is old school. I remember those days. The bloody cervical collar with the porous foam was good to go once you hit it with peroxide. My old VAC is building a new headquarters and found a bunch of old stuff laying around. They've been putting pics of the stuff online. http://shirleyambulance.smugmug.com/History/Equipment/37971131_Lgk3Pm#!i=3136145531&k=pBzdBWL
  48. 1 point
    What do we do with the extra parts? You mean you meant to do this? Wow, look at how those bugs run away in the light!!! "I don't think he's going to make it" overheard by a critical conscious patient What the hell, did you see what just came out of that wound, it had to be 4 inches long.
  49. 1 point
    Here's a great format demographics section (centered) include name addy, phone number and email You can include or decide not to include a summary of what you can provide to the right company and what you are really looking for. Next include your Work experience. As an EMT applicant you shouldn't really have any EMS experience unless you volunteered. So go with your past 4-5 jobs unless you've worked at the same place for years Next give your education info - what schools, what you studied and when you graduated. Include your current classes at the top of this section Next put this sentence in References: Upon Request Do not make the resume more than one page. I repeat, NO More than ONE page or it most likely will end up in the trash. (I know this) If you would like to put together something or a list of your jobs and education, along with your demographics I'll fire you up a resume and send it to you. I'll even do the resume in two or three different styles, such as functional, chronological and one other. The key to a successful resume is this, each resume should ideally be written to the job you are applying for. If this job is in Orange county and you got your training in Orange county you can put an emphasis on that. It the job is for a tactical medic job, then any tactical EMS and other types of that classes should be emphasized. No longer is it safe to send out a generic single option resume. Mix it up, focus it on the job applied for and you will be way above and ahead of the rest of the applicants in the gene pool. One other thing, NEVER NEVER NEVER lie, not even a little white lie. the other thing is if you have a facebook or myspace(get rid of the myspace account) then you need to clean it up. No offensive posts, take politics, religion and all that out of your facebook page. Get rid of all the pictures that your mom would not like to see if she were on facebook. If you have inappropriate pictures on your facebook page and I was doing the hiring, I'd put you in the NO pile. It shouldn't matter a whole hill of beans but it does. My email is ruffems@gmail.com My offer is valid until midnight tonight -- JUST kidding. Michael
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    Well, thanks all, quite an interesting thread. I'm not gonna go into all the stuff I've done on motorcycles, in cars'n'trucks, planes. etc. I don't even want to go into details regarding an Olympic sport I did rather well in, that's considered to be somewhat eyesight-dependent. I feel I compensate OK. I don't wear cokebottle glasses, I can't stand glasses and just wear a corrective contact lens in my correctable eye. I figure intubating people is a bit harder than dogs because .... see a dog's got a nice long upper and lower jaw, you can hold the mouth open easy lol. But it's looking for the cords, etc. I dunno that's medic stuff I'm working on EMT first. As for an IV puncture, that's not highly eyesight-dependent, a lot of it is feel and good manual dexterity. I seem to be OK in this area. Thanks for all the input folks, I think I'm just gonna go ahead and see how far I can get and stop worrying about it so much.
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