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  1. So I've been thinking of dipping my toe back into this madness of a field and taking a CCEMTP course - is it even worth it? Not trying to troll but I'm currently making 2x whatever the highest medic salary is, and its purely for the satisfaction of making a difference in someone's life that I would even bother attempting this. Is there such an agency that does inter-facility critical care transport on a regular basis whether its fixed-winged or rotary that does not feel like a regular 'grunt' ALS work of 911 EMS?
  2. These are battle-tested and something I'm comfortable with: 1. Aspirin 2. Benadryl 3. Morphine 4. Lidocaine 5. Cipro
  3. That is certainly the allure of a rural setting where you can almost be a part of the holistic healthcare that patients should get. In the ideal world we would have medics provide most of the care that these patients receive in ERs, instead of hospitalizing these patients and charging their insurance thousands of dollars, subjecting them to undue stress of transport and potential risk associated with it. Most paramedics should be able to insert GT tubes, perform debridement and other minor critical care procedures. We should be pushing for more education and expanding the scope, as nurses
  4. Maybe its the urban setting, but I've never had that kind of downtime. Also spending more than 20 minutes in NYC requires you to give you an update, as there have been potential times when EMTs done some bad things on scene involving patients. You never want EMTs/medics to spend more than 30 minutes on scene of any emergency IMHO.
  5. If you mean SAT exams like for college, no you don't have to. Most programs are either community college level or certificate programs. If done right the process should take you about 2 years from start to finish. This includes a 4-6 months EMT-Basic program, working as an EMT for 6 months before starting medic school and then another year for paramuppet studies. Good luck and if you have a choice, I'd go to Canada.
  6. Alright so I did not read this thread, so I'll just ask - why would you want to work in the middle of Bumblefucktown, USA when you could be doing real work and actually learning something? If you are young, move to a big city and get an apartment, get a job as an EMT/medic/fireman/cop/whatever and pound the pavement for 5-10 years. Really understand the salt of this Earth and what is 'real' - and then you can move back to Utah or Pennsylvania or whatever 1 person/sq mile area you were born in, and "settle in", and grow a gut and grow out your hair like a god damn hippy
  7. "I don't look to get paid for calls more of a just being a good citizen since I have more medical skills than 99% of the people here." "I work with a bunch of old men who all think the world revolves around them individually" Ok so I think, and please bear with me here, that you feel as though there is more to learn, and that there are surrounded by people who don't want to learn. I refuse to believe that you are conceited and that you think you're better than everyone else, that is just an unsustainable state for a human being. Instead, I believe you feel different because
  8. Thing about burnout is.. its a smoldering fire yearning to become a flashover. You may not notice it until you are in it, and by then you are helpless to stop it. You should take a break and by break I mean do something else for 5-10 years, and if you still want to do this, it will still be there. It will always be there, waiting to take a bite out of you, taking everything you have and giving nothing back.
  9. If you just starting out.. 3M Littmann Lightweight II S.E is a great scope, goes for 46-48 bucks on AMZN, looks like a U. The more elite versions are the cardiology ones that look like a V, but I've personally found them to be less useful than classic. The cardiology scopes look great but the sound is dull.
  10. Hmm.. Having worked with some great and not-so-great medics, I have some ambivalence about this. Personally I've tubed over a 100 patients, from newborns to 90+ year olds. In my humble opinion if you haven't gotten the proper training under supervision of an ER doc or an anesthesiologist, you are more dangerous than beneficial to your patient. That being said, taking away this tool from someone with proper training and experience is not a good idea. The problem is that the wiser/smarter/more educated you are, the less likely you are to stay in this field.
  11. The only thing I would recommend young EMTs just starting out is to hit the gym regularly. You may not need the physical conditioning 80% of the time on the job, but when you do, you will be glad you had the stamina and physical strength to raise to the challenge. Your partner will also be glad you can lift properly and not put their back and patient's safety in jeopardy. I've seen 6' guys that were dangerously out of shape, and 4'9" females that were better conditioned and capable, so you have to do your best, and don't take it personally.
  12. I got out of the field 7 years ago and although I occasionally look back over my shoulder and miss parts of my former career, I can tell you this much.. get out as soon as you can. The back doesn't heal back and is a constant reminder of the past. After doubling and tripling my salary in the private sector doing office work in front of a computer, I can not believe the nerve that society has to pay so little to paramedics and EMTs. Its a young man's job, not a career. You will develop character, but don't push it past the point of no return - don't become a salty, cranky old man, or some a
  13. I took a 3 year vacation from being a paramedic, best time ever. Doubled my salary, got a masters degree, lost extra pounds, and have a regular sleep cycle. I'll recommend it for anyone
  14. What does that even mean? I could walk before you were even a sperm in your drunk daddy's balls. Are you being intentionally dense? First of all you keep talking about Atropine like it is used for any heartblock. I don't know what they teach you in the Caribbeans, but here in the states we prefer evidence-based medicine. Atropine in 3rd degree blocks is well documented to cause a cardiac arrest.
  15. That is all fine, but its not our job to sit there and figure out the diagnosis. We manage symptoms, and most efficient way to manage the bradycardia is transcutaneous pacing. You can spend an entire hour there trying to figure out H's and T's and that is fine, but its a job best left for the clinical setting. And sure, 0.5 - 1.0 mg of Atropine right before TCP is not going to hurt the patient, provided you restore the ventricular contractions right after you administer it by pacing
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