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  1. Looks like a 3rd degree block, judging by the bottom lead
  2. MONA, right... That's some textbook medicine.
  3. Interesting, this is not a pt I would like to have to try and intubate. I'm actually thinking that this may be a case where digital intubation might be a reasonable option.
  4. This is standard practice where I work now, I think the main advantage is that it provides an oxygen source during the intubation attempt.
  5. I feel somewhat conflicted about the OP. I do feel that this career needs to be more professional. However, I'm not really too worried about the public at large. While they may not give us much thought when we are not needed, I think that society at large has confidence and trust in us when we are needed. Oh, and I really, really do not want to be compared to politicians, our professions reputation would have to take a serious hit to be brought down to their level of public trust. The area where I think we need to step up our game for professional recognition is with other healthcare prov
  6. I had a similar problem when I first became an EMT in 2004. I was lucky to have understanding preceptors and mentors to help me through my rookie phase. There is no easy way to get over this situation, you have to do assessments repeatedly until you develop confidence and competence in your practice. The good news is that it gets better with time, now that I'm ten years into it doing assessments is second nature and I don't have to worry about freezing up on calls any more. The one piece of advice that helped me was to not think of the assessment as a rigid set of questions you have to a
  7. My first thought was that he passed out drunk and had a foreign body inserted in his rectum, Ala Jakass. However his presentation doesn't go along with that. Maybe get a D-dimer. Possible DVT from sitting around watching TV all day?
  8. What about the fall in the dispatch notes? Is this relevant, or did she just slide off the couch? Allergies? Pill bottles? lets make sure that there are no extra pills missing BGL?
  9. Yeah, I'm afraid that, as Mobey states you'll get differing opinions on all schools from different grads. The advice that I do have is that if you are based out of BC and want to work in BC, its not too bad of an idea to pick a school in Alberta, as its close logistically, and registration transfers over fairly easily. Additionally, if you're thinking of taking school in Alberta, I'd also recommend you take a look at PMA, they have classes out of Sherwood park and Calgary.As a Paramedic in Southern Alberta, I get most of my students from either PMA or SAIT. There doesn't seem to be a part
  10. Yes, why? Are you implying that's a contraindication?
  11. I think it would be safe and reasonable to take Bretylium off this list.
  12. I agree with ERDoc that if this is to work, certain Medics need to be properly trained. We have Tactical Paramedics in the city I work in who are trained, and have the proper vests/armor for this scenario, although there are usually a max of 4 on duty at any given time.
  13. Ok Mobey, you're gonna have to give more detail on that one...
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