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  1. I live west of Grand Forks in a rural area - sorry, I don't believe I know your relatives. The river rise has slowed due to the cold weather, but another winter storm is going thru the area - some areas around Fargo are forecast to get up to a foot of snow (but forecasts are always a little suspect), which isn't needed, but hopefully the river will have receded by the time it melts, so it won't be a major issue. Grand Forks itself is still fine, however, some small towns and farms in the low-lying areas are having problems, tho.
  2. Actually, Bismarck is the capitol of North Dakota. I just got back from Fargo - spent 3 days there helping with the hospital/nursing home evacuations. The cold weather lately has really helped slow down the melt, which in turn has slowed the rise of the River. Things are mostly holding for now (there was a breech in north Fargo last night), but it's a day-to-day situation. Grand Forks built an extensive diking system after the 1997 flood and officials believe it should handle this year's runoff, however it will be the first major test of the diking system, so there's still concern. It
  3. An I-85 class was scheduled locally to begin this month, but it was cancelled due to the transition from EMT-I to EMT-Advanced in 2010 (in our state, anyway). I've been trying to find information on the EMT-Advanced curriculum, but can't find much of anything. The nremt.org website doesn't seem to have anything on it yet. Anyone out there have any good links that would provide information on the EMT-Advanced curriculum, general scope of practice, etc.? Thanks in advance. (I'm not intending to hijack this thread)
  4. I first saw this show while doing my ED clinicals - the medics were variously rolling their eyes or laughing at it. I personally like the excessive use of alliteration to create (or try to create) some drama where little exists. In my opinion, Ski Patrol on TRU TV is even lamer. Their website describes the show as: "Our cameras follow the men and women of ski patrol who risk their lives in the mountains, fighting avalanches, performing daring rescues and keeping unruly skiers and snowboarders from terrorizing the slopes." :roll: :roll: :roll: http://www.trutv.com/shows/ski_patrol/
  5. Your friend should be seen by a rheumatologist. If one is not available locally, I would recommend traveling to the closest qualified rheumatologist. There are different types of arthritis and various treatment regimens for each. Given the number of treatment options and new drugs available, it would be difficult for a non-specialist to keep up with these changes and a non-specialist probably does not see that many patients suffering with severe arthritis. I had psoriatic and osteo arthritis for roughly 15 years and took a variety of NSAIDs, DMARDs, gold shots, etc., so I have some backgr
  6. Do any of the 90% of males who supposedly admit to peeing in the shower on a weekly basis also wash their hair in the toilet ? I guess I'm one of the 10% on this one - I can honestly say NEVER!
  7. I've seen numerous references to new members getting their 3rd post so they can get into the chat room. What's the big deal with the chat room? I clicked into it once for a minute just to see what it looked like, but don't really understand the fascination with it. Can someone enlighten me?
  8. Our service has recently had a number calls to unresponsive patients in the 250 - 300 lb. weight range in small houses. On 2 recent calls, we were unable to get a cot, spine board, scoop stretcher or stair chair to the patient, due to confined spaces and tight hallways. In these cases, space was so tight, we had to get the patient to the floor and use a blanket drag to move them to a larger space, where we could get enough hands on the patient to lift them safely. Has anyone used soft stretchers? If so, are they useful (where their use would not be contraindicated), or do they end up j
  9. I'm not touching that one!!! :twisted:
  10. The Candy corn and peanut mix also is a ringer for the Pearson Salted Nut Roll, basically a larger version of a Payday bar. Not sure if Pearson's is distributed nationally tho. If you get a chance, try their Nut Goodie candy bar too. (yummmmmmm).
  11. The Candy corn and peanut mix also is a ringer for the Pearson Salted Nut Roll, basically a larger version of a Payday bar. Not sure if Pearson's is distributed nationally tho. If you get a chance, try their Nut Goodie candy bar too. (yummmmmmm).
  12. I'm torn on this one. On one hand Checkpoint USA made some good points, however I don't see taking 5 seconds to state your citizenship as an unreasonable search or seizure. On the third hand, I'm not sure what simply stating your citizenship would prove - anyone can say they're a US citizen if they don't have to provide government-issued identification of some sort. Also, is this now an instructional video on how to get thru a checkpoint if you're not a US citizen? I wonder if Checkpoint USA has the same issues with DUI checkpoints? If so, I'd love to see that video.
  13. Sign up for all the ER clinicals and Ambulance ride alongs that you can. Both are great learning experiences. Take your practical skills and NREMT CBT tests at your earliest opportunity. DON'T WAIT!
  14. I'm pretty sure our device is a switch installed under the toilet seat. It's activates a callout after 30 seconds of pressure. :shock:
  15. I've seen numerous references to NREMT-B certification being a 120 hour class. How often does someone pass the NREMT-B written and practical tests with just those 120 hours. I passed the state NREMT-B practicals in March and the NREMT-B CBT in April - here's my hours spent pursuing it: EMT-Basic class time - 120 hours Study time in conjunction with class (book learning) - 120 hours Emergency Department Clinicals - 50 hours BLS / ALS Ambulance ride alongs - 40 hours Practicals / NREMT-B CBT preparation - 50 hours I did sign up for extra clinical and ride along shifts - the bare mini
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