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  1. 47 minutes ago, Spock said:

    The medics gave a report and finished up by stating almost incidentally that the patient couldn't move his arms and legs.  You could have heard a pin drop in the room.



    Back on Long Island we got a lot of motorcycle MVAs and that is where all of my transections came from.  I think in 3 years of residency I saw 5-8 of them.  I think I have seen one since.

  2. On 5/3/2017 at 4:57 PM, Spock said:

    I bet ERDoc will agree with my next statement.  Ask any ED physician about the worst spinal injury they ever saw and they will probably tell you the patient walked into the hospital under their own power and not on an ambulance stretcher.   

    I've seen several transected cords that, well, weren't walking anywhere, but yeah, I've seen some ugly spine injuries come in through the waiting room.

  3. It's very possible that the person you are looking for changed their screen name.  I vaguely remember someone with that name.  Ruff, at what point does free speech end and misinformation begin (ie Bill Maher and vaccines)?

  4. It's funny how things change.  In my days, early to mid 90s, long boards and c collars were gospel.  We drilled on standing take downs constantly.  Then again, MAST pants were still in use also.  Look at us now.

  5. PNES signs?  Like Throckmorton's?

    Now that I got the childish urge out of the way, on to the OP.  I'm not sure what you meant by saying that doctors are supposed to treat every seizure pt like they are having a real seizure.  We treat pts based on history, exam and experience.  Some people are faking and easy to spot, "I'm still seizing and need 20mg of Valium to stop!"  PNES are not fake, they are a true psychological response to a stressful stimuli.  Without more details from the OP it's hard to know what else to say.

  6. I think it is appropriate to discuss.  No, it's not EMS related but that is why admin set up a non-EMS thread.  Now, if someone can't discuss politics and keep it at an adult level of behavior, maybe that person shouldn't be here.

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  7. I honestly have no idea about the training/education/pay it takes but have you looked into EKG tech or phlebotomist?  No offense but better planning in the future would go a long way.

  8. This is a hard question to answer since every place does it differently.  Let's start with where you are located.  In high school, focus on graduating and taking science and math classes.  In some places, EMS is college level and in some places it is not.  Good college classes to take are anatomy and physiology, math, English.

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