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Just Plain Ruff

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  1. Yes, time off, vacation, sick time, holidays all banked in one bucket.
  2. Well I hate to sound like an old crotchety medic but every one of us knows what we signed up for. We are exposed to all sorts of pathogens, we take precautions, and if you don't then it's not on your service, it's on you. These days you have to protect yourself because no-one else is going to do so. Go in on every call with the mindset that they have COVID, Sepsis, EBOLA and every other communicable disease and protect yourself. You have to protect yourself first. If you are not protected, then DO NOT GO IN TO the scene. You would not go in a fire scene if you didn't have bunker gear on right? You would not go in a TB patients room without an N95 mask on right? Today, it's on you to protect yourself because in the END, you have to go home to your family and no one is going to provide for your family other than you.
  3. When I went out due to developing a fever and was told to stay home for 14 days which was shortened to 7 days due to not having further symptoms, I was told that I could either use PHO's or not get paid. How's that for fun times.
  4. our agency has put out a "every respiratory patient has covid until proven otherwise so we better see you wearing your PPE's" I had a exposure last monday, got a fever thursday and was sent home for 2 weeks of quarantine. got called yesterday and asked if I had any symptoms after 3 days of being home, said no. was told if still no symptoms after 7 days they will put me back on the schedule this friday so I get to go back to work. This is based on CDC guidelines for exposure and return to work but when I return to work I get to wear a mask for the remainder of the 2 weeks of my quarantine time which they are determining if it's based on date of exposure or date of symptom presentation. That's where the disconnect is. I work 24 hour shifts so I will only have to wear the mask for a maximum of 3 shifts but maybe only 2. I was not tested on the day I had symptoms because they said I was "LOW" risk. I got a week off for having a fever for 8 hours. not sure if that's overkill or if it's doing the right thing. I'd rather be working. but I'd rather do the right thing than not and infect other people. thank god for Doordash food delivery and a great friend at work who delivered some food staples (milk, bread, diet pepsi and trash bags to us yesterday).
  5. You need a sit down with your supervisor to find out just what he means by "being compassionate". if he thinks that you are spending too much time talking to them and being their buddy or does he think you are being too compassionate to the drunks? Either or you need more clarification.
  6. Hey Macktheknife, Do not let the number of members fool ya, there are about 10 if not less active members on this site now. We used to have more, a lot more. Maybe we will get a influx of new blood but with facebook and all it's groups, this site is not very popular anymore. I'm one of the old guard, been here a very long time.
  7. Hi Emma, I'd be happy to discuss with you what questions you have. Email me at ruffems@gmail.com and we can set up a time to discuss. I've been a paramedic for nearly 30 years and I am happy to answer your questions. I'll be at work tomorrow for a 24 hour shift so if you want to do the call tomorrow that would be fine. Michael
  8. look up a EMS group on face book called the EMS Experience and ask there. I know the owner of the group. If you still cannot find a buddy, let me know. I'm a medic but I'll help you out if you want. You can study and bounce questions off me and I'll help ya out.
  9. One more thing, our new ambulance we are getting is gonna cost 235K, if you want to put an X-ray on that new ambulance the cost just went up to maybe 300K, no hospital or ambulance service will justify that cost.
  10. So what are you asking us? is this one of those "Our instructor gave us these two topics and we need to write a paper and I want you guys to write my paper for me" or what are you wanting from us? Yes we have had those people come here with just such a request. give us more info please in what you are asking.
  11. There is no guarantee he will continue on and get his EMT license. Maybe he's just doing this for class time or some other reason. I would take Off Label's advice and complete the course and mind your side of things. These things have a way of working their way out.
  12. Wonder what the charge was? but all things serious - what a evil person.
  13. Hey XRayMan, I hear where you are coming from but I'm not of the school of thought that we should have these in the ambulance. My reason, it's more stuff to put on a already overworked medic. Splint the injury as found, transport the patient to the hospital and let the hospital sort it out. I already have enough to do and enough to learn to not have to add X-ray tech/reader to my list of certs. Plus this will add a new level of billing and expertise that EMS is NOT equipped to tackle at this time. Heck we have enough time dealing with being called ambulance drivers, can you imagine our brains exploding when we get called ambulance xray machine drivers? Some of our peeps on this site (most are gone) would have a stroke and then we'd have to call the Strokulance to come get them. Who will get to bill the patient - the ambulance company, the medic who reads the x-ray initially, or the radiologist who does the final reading or all three? Is this an ALS or BLS skill? What happens if we read it wrong and the patient refuses based upon the incorrect reading and several days down the road the patient finds out that they have a actual fracture and needs surgery? who pays for the mis diagnoses? Lots of issues here. I vote NO
  14. Any new blood to this site would be helpful. I'm not sure how much of a response you will get but please post away to your heart's content. I'm looking forward to what you have. But please don't get discouraged at the lack of response to your posts as this site is not the same as it was 5 or so years ago.
  15. Hi Laurknee13 - I've seen that you have posted a couple of basic questions that honestly should have been answered in your EMT class. But since you are asking no - you should open the oxygen up to 15lpm for the BVM. Have you asked your instructor these questions?
  16. no - continue on to the h ospital - the AED can be put on while you are enroute to the hospital.
  17. Your best bet is to call the registry and ask them. They can tell you the best answer of all. Otherwise I would put it down under Ambulance Safety or Crew Resource Management. The worst they can say is that it's mis-categorized and they can let you know where it needs to go come relicensure time. You should get credit none-the-less but best bet is to contact them and ask them. Ruff
  18. Hey Defiant1 - if you are willing to move - our service is hiring EMT's, probably pays more than what you are making now. If you get in medic school you could easily pull in around 65000 a year and that's a conservative estimate after you get out of medic school. We are in a rural area of missouri - 55 miles south of Kansas city - running about 2000 calls a year. If you can get your missouri license and willing to move we can always use a good EMT who has aspirations to go to medic school. Hey Defiant1 - if you are willing to move - our service is hiring EMT's, probably pays more than what you are making now. If you get in medic school you could easily pull in around 65000 a year and that's a conservative estimate after you get out of medic school. We are in a rural area of missouri - 55 miles south of Kansas city - running about 2000 calls a year. If you can get your missouri license and willing to move we can always use a good EMT who has aspirations to go to medic school.
  19. Problem is, we've been told over and over that we are not doctors and the only way to determine if someone is truly having a medical emergency is to transport them to the ER for evaluation. Every medic I know is not willing to risk their licensure in order to buck the system and tell a patient that they don't qualify for a ambulance and they need to find another way to the hospital. They not in a million years want to be the test case for a patient who truly didn't need an ambulance yet that patient felt they needed one for that stubbed toe or small laceration or what not and the patient sue that ambulance service and the medic with the Case resting on "what training did that medic have to rule out that I wasn't truly having a medical emergency that didn't require an ambulance transport???" Because we all know that many ambulance services will drop that medic and not support him/her for turfing that patient off to a UBER or a taxi cab even if there was a policy or guideline or protocol that in all actuality supported the medic refusing transport but the ambulance service see's a loss of the legal case in both the court of law and the court of public appeal. The medic is the one who is going to lose out in the end. I'm not willing to risk my license just to turf a patient just to save my company a dollar or two policy/guideline/protocol or no and I don't think many of my colleagues will be willing to either.
  20. So, here's a thought, one that you might want to think about. I have a Misdemeanor conviction from 1986. I plead guilty, paid fine, went on my merry way. Was told that it didn't show up anymore after 15 or more years. So color me surprised when.... about 4 years ago, had a job that I really wanted, they did a background check, and guess what showed up. Yeppers, that conviction. Thank goodness I put down the info about the conviction otherwise I would have lost out on the job. Just be careful about not telling an employer about convictions that you don't think will show up sometimes will and if you lied about them on your application and they find out you lied - your job is history. Word to the wise.
  21. Yes the spam, it get's through the awesome spam filters Admin has set up every so often, and people report it and Admin deletes it. It's everywhere. Just look at Facebook and if Facebook cannot keep it off their site with their billions of dollars of resources then we honestly cannot expect Admin to be able to keep it off here with the limited resources he/she has. But I see less here than I see on facebook which is excellent.
  22. Did you explain this to your new employer when you interviewed with them? I'm sure that if they want to keep you they will work around it but if you come to them out of the blue and say "Hey, I'm in medic school and need tuesdays off for the next foreseeable future" and they had no idea you were in medic school, they might be a little upset with you. But the flip side of the coin would be that you will then be a medic for them to use and abuse when you get your medic license so they might overlook that issue. All in all, if the employer is worth it's salt they will work with you and give you the time off to pursue your medic class. But I know there are a lot of services who say tough shit, you work for the collective BORG now, you do what we tell you and if you don't like it don't let the door hit you where the good lord split you. hopefully you don't work for one of those. Good luck
  23. Where did you get the idea that he was looking to become a managing editor?
  24. I would be worried but not extremely worried. I would actually not be asking advice from a forum like this or from the internet at all, you should be talking to an attorney and seeing what he/she says. Good reputable attorney's often give 1 hour free consultations. Or do you have a friend who is an attorney who could advise you. I would continue on with your journey into Nursing or phsycianhood and follow what your attorney tells you to. The internet is a minefield of bad advice and please don't step into it without getting an attorney involved. did the investigator tell you why it's taken 2 years for them to get into this? This sounds like someone from your past is throwing stones and trying to see what will hit. did you have someone you pissed off way back at your old school that might have a old axe to grind??? Be honest with the investigator but only after you speak with the attorney. Do you see the underlying theme of my advice - don't do anything until you have talked to your attorney. I wish you the best.
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