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  1. You've found someone who actually admits to having more than two beers?
  2. Exactly, I've always used LP12's, so that's what I feel comfortable with. Is the M-Series better? Maybe, but I can bet I won't like it at first. I use an MRL PIC 50 now, and that took me awhile to get used to as well.
  3. On your arms, definitely. As long as there are no open cuts your fine. I feel the same way, but I always wore white uniform shirt, so if I got stuff on it, it was just gross looking. Noah
  4. Like asys, I have had residents do ride-alongs once in awhile. They are always great, no problems that I can remember, they normally stay out of the way though unless we tell them to do something particular. Here is the US it would not be the best use of resources to have an physician on every transport. Noah
  5. The Arizona Dept of Health-EMS has the rates for all their air ambulance providers on the website, sorry you'll have to google it, don't know it off the top of my head. Anyways, even though we may charge $6000 for a flight, we may only collect $2000 from insurance, and we do not bill the patient for the remainder. As a side note, how about we look into reducing the number of HEMS accidents before we go looking at ways to make it worse. Can you imagine that poor EMT/pilot you're proposing having to choose between pt. care and flying the aircraft if something goes wrong? Noah
  6. I was just thinking the same thing! I do keep a first aid kit in the car though, but that's more for when I do something stupid and need a band-aid. When I'm actually off-duty I don't stop at accident scenes. Noah
  7. I enjoy it, but then again I've never really done much else. I did work retail when I was in high school, not fun, no way I could do that for the rest of my life. Noah
  8. This was actually a fun 15 min project for me, I really need a flight! I got to empty all the pockets of the flight suit and see how much crap I actually carry. Way more than when I did ground. -Company Pager -Company Cell -Personal Cell, because cell coverage where I work sucks, so if you have a pager and 2 cells from different companies then dispatch might get a hold of you -pens x4; I normally carry the company pens and drop a few off at the referring hospitals, it never hurts -steth -business cards, to give to family members who ride along and want to pass along what happens with
  9. That's EMS for you. I felt lost my first few months too, but then again I felt lost when I moved from a 911 service to fixed wing critical care transport too. It's just a new job and it will take you awhile to learn the ropes. Hopefully you have good medics who you can learn as much as possible from. They can be a great support for you while you're in school, take advantage of it. Noah
  10. Ok, well glad you have an appt. Anyways, I guess I'll elaborate a little then. I actually paid cash for my EMT class, but it was really cheap (like <$500) because I took it at a tech school, but I do have a B.S. in Bio so I've worked the finacial aid system myself. Most EMT-Basic classes only quailify as 6-8 college credit hours, so that's part time. If you want to get the most finacial aid you need to be attending full-time, or at least 12 hours. The best student loans are subsidized Stafford loans because the federal goverment pays the interest. I'm with Rid, take a few add'l classe
  11. Go to the college's financial aid office and make sure they are including loans in your financial aid package. It's really that simple. The counselors in that office will be able to tell you everything, and if they are not able to get you government-backed loans they can point you in the right direction for private loans. The answers you get from them will be 10x better then those that we can give you.
  12. Pt. assessment is #1 in my book. I don't care how good your "skills" are, you can't do anything with them unless you can assess your pt. My best advice is to practice, nothing else is going to help you out. Find yourself an instructor and have them help you.
  13. I didn't think about that, but the "expansion of experience" is also true. I've learned so much about in-hospital care doing critical care interfacility transports. And chicks really do dig a guy in a flight suit. :wink: Noah
  14. Actually it's very true! Most employers know that there are 100 people waiting for flight job if someone quits. Of those 100 maybe 10 are qualified, and maybe 5 are actually a good fit for the company. So its a buyers market if you will, simple supply and demand at work. All the things Rid said are 100% accurate. I would add that you may be able to do a third ride program with some services, not a bad idea if you are curious about the field. This normally is easier to acomplish with goverment or hospital-based programs, but some private companies may be willing to let you ride along
  15. Well I'm a "flight medic", but once again, we do not have any special patches. I work on airplanes(fixed-wing) though, not helicopters(rotor-wing). We just wear embroidered flight suits and our name badges. Flight programs tend to prefer pins over patches, but once again my company doesn't do those either.
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