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  1. Most of the responses are correct unfortunately there are only a few things you can do to try and preserve the patient's privacy. You can do your best but the best you can do is quickly package up the patient and get them into your ambulance where you can control the environment. The other thing is try to get the police involved as needed by keeping the crowds back and allowing you to do your job. I have found most cops prefer not to do your job and faced with the possibility of holding back drunks or getting there hands dirty with patient care most cops prefer to hold back the drunks
  2. Putting this one out there for opinions. I am a civilian paramedic as well as a returning combat medic with the US army. In my humble opinion I find the military medics good for trauma only but very limited and poorly trained for medical issues. I saw time and time a again combat medics clueless when dealing with medical issues. I also found time and time again that the combat medics were quick to do skills (IV's mainly) but not so quick or good with the basic stuff of stopping the bleeding. They were often dependent on an IV line over good basic care for the wounded (holding pressure to a wound). Even in medical situations I saw them quick to start a line put on a monitor but looking to others to read the ekg strips. I deployed with a national guard unit and I remember one of my combat medics who was regular army starting a line and putting a patient that arrived with a chest pain on the monitor but had to search and find me to read the ekg and instruct what he needed to do next. As I said in the beginning I feel the combat medics are good in trauma but poor in medical issues. I feel that the army is not doing soldiers any justice putting out half trained medics and even calling them medics. I feel they need to revamp the program even more than they have already.
  3. I have been in EMS for a number of years to be exact over 17 I am a paramedic. I have seen many abreviations used not sure about DFO maybe dead fella outside. The abreviations I love are LOLFGB (little old lady fall down and go boom) or DSB (drug seeking behaviorist) although colorful and provide great laughs over a favorite beverage not a good thing to place in a run report. Consult a merc medical dictonary or even brady or mosby to provide you with a beter list of abreviations
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