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  1. WOW!!! It's amazing how life changes and how those changes can be so positive. I made it through my first year of medic school and first set of clinicals. Doing OR clinicals now. I love my clinical experiences. I have learned so much. Along with all the new learning, a new life. I am single again and have moved to a new house. My life is great right now! I love it! I am soooo excited for what life brings me next. Well, gotta go and sign up for more clinical shifts. Later all Kat...over and out!!
  2. WOW!! I can't believe how time has flown by. My first year of medic school is behind me. This last semester was the hardest semester I will have to contend with. I managed to maintain my 4.0 Ya me!!! I have gained knowledge by leaps and bounds. I am amazed at how this has affected my pateint care whether working on the ALS or BLS truck. Even my coworkers see the difference. After a couple of short weeks off, it's back to the grindstone. I am actually excited for this semester. We start our hospital clinicals. I know that it is a continual climb from this point on. Not much else to report right now. I will try to get back more often with updates and maybe even post once in a while. As always, take care and stay safe out there!!! Kat over and out!
  3. Wow, it's been so long since I have been on this site. Things have really changed. Like with most things in this world...change is good!! I have been extremely busy with school and work. I am almost done with my first of two years in the paramedic program. I am truly amazed at how much my advance in learning has helped me perform better as an EMT. It has been a lot of work and countless hours of studying...but it has well been worth it. I will really have to try to login more often so I can catch up with my EMT City friends. Until then...take care all.
  4. All the CEVO (Controlled Emergency Vehicle Operations) classes I have taken state that when there are multiple lanes of traffic traveling in the same direction, an emergency vehicle running lights and sirens should travel in the lane farthest to the left allowing for other traffic to move right towards the shoulder. This is also done to avoid the necessity of quick maneuvers when vehicles are on the right shoulder.
  5. There was a case a few years ago involving a 16 year old who shot another teenager over a pair of sneakers. His defense was that he was poor and couldn't afford the sneakers and felt the other teenager was taunting him by wearing these brand new, expensive sneakers. This caused him to go into a jealous rage and he shot the kid on the street. Mind you, the innocent teenager never said a word to the criminal but the jury still bought his story, feeling sorry for him cause he was poor and a minority, and found him not guilty of murder. They did find him guilty of man-slaughter and he was sentenced to 24 months at a juvenile facility and 10 years probation. Seriously, what the hell is wrong with people. Why is it so difficult for our peers to force others to take responsibility for the things they have done. And we wonder why the United States is going to hell. Hey, it's not my fault, blah, blah, blah made me do it.
  6. Thank you for the reply. I will check it out.
  7. I am wondering if anyone on this site would happen to know where I could find fleece material with EMS decor on it. I have been searching the net since before Christmas and have not found anything. My son recently received his EMT-B and is continuing on to paramedic and I would like to make him a fleece tie blanket. I would greatly appreciate anyone who may know where I can find this material. Thank you! Kat
  8. What is it with males and their need to pee in shower? I live in a house with four males and I know more than one of them is peeing in the shower. Let me tell you that you can bleach all day long, but once that stench invades the porous surfaces of the tub, surround, and curtain, there is no getting it out. As for showering at work, well, I don't think so. I would rather stink than step foot in that disgusting thing. Plea to all males and females who pee in the shower... PLEASE STOP!!!
  9. I can't say that I don't enjoy a good trauma, mainly because I know I still have so much to learn. As I progress in my schooling, I find myself assessing patients physiologically. As an example, severe trauma to a leg resulting in a artery bleed. Previously I would have applied pressure, wrapped it, splinted the leg, loaded the patient, and went. I now truly assess the patient to determine blood loss and what I need to do to stabilize him/her (ie: fluids for blood loss, pain meds to calm, transport decision). I look more from a physiological aspect of the entire body, not just the one wound. I look at how this injury to this particular part of the body is affecting the rest of the body. I also talk with my medic partners after the call to gain further knowledge, such as, why they did or didn't do a procedure or how they determined what type of care to administer. With that being said, I also enjoy the medical calls regardless of the origination. My thought is that regardless of the call, there is always something there for me to learn. Sometimes it might be simply holding the patients hand and comforting them, but I am improving my people skills. It may be a patient with a complicated medical history which enlists my critical thinking skills. It may be something that I am already familiar with but I can still learn from it. With every call my critical thinking skills improve, my senses are heightened, I become more aware of my surroundings and pick up on even little things that might otherwise be overlooked, and I learn to appreciate my good health. I am also learning to be more proficient and thorough when it comes to patient assessment and care. So while trauma gives me the adrenal rush I sometimes crave, all calls offer me a learning experience that will never be the same. So in response to the OPs question, yes I need good trauma call, but I also need the more mundane calls if I want to conitue learning.
  10. What still confuses me is that the mother took the child to a clinic and the doctor made the decision to put the child and her mother in a taxi for a trip to a trauma center. Wouldn't common sense tell you (especially if you are a doctor), that if this child needed to be seen by a trauma team she should have been transported via ambulance? I would also like to know why it took the mother a month to bring this to the ambulance supervisor. If my child had been injured and the doctor from the trauma center told me she should have been transported via ambulance I would have started raising hell immediately. As I have previously stated, things just don't add up. I am grateful that the little girl is doing better, but what if something had gone wrong? Who would have been responsible, the medics or the clinic doctor? I will be curious to see how this turns out. I will also share information as I receive it, but it appears that they are trying to keep things pretty hush hush.
  11. Meds apologize for not transporting injured Mound child A Waconia medical center is apologizing tonight after two of it's paramedics didn't bring a seriously injured child to the hospital. Instead they told the child's mother she could do it herself. Michelle Wickstrom called 911 last month after a television set fell on top of her 5-year-old daughter Breck. "She was on the floor, face down. I just grabbed her immediately. The back of her head was bleeding," said Wickstrom. When two paramedics from Ridgeview Ambulance arrived at her Mound home they told her it was not an emergency situation and suggested Wickstrom take the child in the be seen herself. She said the paramedics never once asked or offered to take her daughter by ambulance. "I was beside myself because I thought, you know, emergency people are supposed to be there to help us. and we got no help from them whatsoever," said Wickstrom. Breck eventually got eight stitches, had a fractured skull as well as bleeding in the brain. Doctors said her injuries could have been fatal without medical treatment. "We're embarrassed by this," said Robert Stevens, President and CEO of Ridgeview Medical Center. "I was livid. That is not the standard of care that we have here. That's not how we educate our paramedics." Stevens said the two paramedics have a combined 55 years of experience and just made an error in judgement. Both have been put on probation. They, along with all 55 paramedics on staff, will be retrained. The hospital is now reviewing all of its nearly 9,000 ambulance runs this year. After two weeks of bed rest and home care, Breck returned to kindergarten on Monday. This is why sometimes we should think twice about signing a patient. I know there is more to this story than what has been reported, but it was still a bad decision made by two very experienced medics. Additional information I heard was that the child was taken to a local medical clinic by her mother. They put the two in a taxi and sent them to a trauma center over 30 miles away in heavy traffic. My question is if the child had such extensive injuries, why did the medical clinic not call an ambulance. It would have been a different service that specializes in trauma? Things just don't add up.
  12. I think it's stupid that we are certified to perform certain duties on the truck (IV, intubation, etc.), but we can't perform these duties in the ED because LPNs can't do them. What's even dumber, when one of the ED docs has to RSI and respiratory and anesthesia aren't available, who do they call? Yep, that's right, EMS!
  13. I have heard stories about how females are treated by male partners or patients. I have to admit, I have never experienced this. I get along very well with my male partners. They treat me with respect when we are on a call. Back at the base we joke around and dish it back and forth. Neither of us are ever offended by the other. I must also admit that many times fire and PD will begin relaying information to me instead of my male partner. I accept the information and then relay it to him. Part of this may be because I know many of the fire guys, but I think it's also because my male partner goes directly to the patient and begins patient care.
  14. First, let me apologize for what seems like abandoning my thread. I have been so busy between work and medic school. I must say that I was somewhat blown away at the number of responses. I did take the time to read every reply. Following my initial post, we again responded to one of the local colleges on an intoxicated student. In the process of attempting to load her (they always seem to be in difficult spots to access with the truck), our truck was damaged. I am not sure if my supervisor contacted the college or not, but we have not made very many runs up there since. I want to thank you all for the insight. I know that we will all have our own opinions on what is right and what is wrong, but I can say that I have learned from this thread and its many responses. As I progress through school, I will come back and ask more of all of you and will hopefully be able to gain even more knowledge.
  15. I would guess the background in EMS is a stretch. Most people, especially those in EMS would refer to the above as "1500 and another at 0300".
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