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  1. What kinda bus do you drive? I used to be a bus driver, but now I'm an ambulance driver. My friend drives a city transit bus. He hates it when he gets delayed. He supposed to stay on a strict schedule.
  2. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-chicago-firefighter-warehouse-blaze-20151214-story.html
  3. Hot button topic that you might be acutely familiar with already. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Cumulative Stress Injury. Do a comparative analysis as well as statistics (that you can find) Or, how about Doctor Assisted euthanasia?
  4. I have said this before and I will say it again. When we do good things, we're ambulance drivers. When we screw up we're EMT/Paramedics.
  5. This reminds me, I should go make sure my thermal angels are all charged up. Thanks!!!
  6. My take is rather simplistic. If you do not take refugees for fear of terrorists hidden in their midst, then you become a target for terrorists because of your closed borders. If you take refugees, then you may have allowed a few terrorists in that may take advantage of the new freedom and you're a target because you're taking people away from their homelands. Regardless, we're targets for terrorists and they're going to get here one way or another. If there is a terrorist that does not want to go through screening checks, he'll still find a way into the country. I think that is a pointless debate. What I find having greater merit for debate is that the population is up in arms because the federal government is going to spend $25,000,000.00 to bring in 25,000 refugees rather than invest that money on social programs that would benefit those who are current residents. Thing is, that's only $1,000 per refugee. Not a lot of money when put into context. I think the most profound argument I have heard yet is that the people who emigrate from the poorer countries of the world are those who are actually the most capable of creating change and improving their impoverished nations. As an example, Why is it that doctors from impoverished third world countries are practicing medicine in Canada and the United States whilst doctors from here end up volunteering to go to these third world countries to donate their time. What we are doing is stripping these countries of their best and brightest and preventing them from becoming developed nations.
  7. It is a tough call. On one hand you have the added education and understanding that will allow you to enhance patient care, even at your current scope. However, you also leave yourself at risk for PTSD because you will inevitably encounter that patient you could have saved because you knew how to save them. Afterall, you will be trained, but you will either lack the equipment or worse, the conviction to exceed your scope to save a life. I say worse because you cannot win, either you risk an end to your career and deprive any future patient of your expertise; or you live with the guilt of knowing what you could have done, but didn't. It's your heart. We can't tell you how to follow it.
  8. How many medics are going to want to use their personal phones to conduct business for their boss? What if their phones aren't APP capable? Are EMS services going to have to go out and buy a phone to be able to run the APP?
  9. Granted, I don't see much point in him transporting with the responding 911 crew. Maybe they needed extra hands and such, or the medic asked him to, but once he could transfer care to the other service, I would have returned to complete my assigned duties. I've done the same too Ruff, if I ever see someone in distress while I have a patient in my ambulance, regardless of the severity, I'll stop to check on them. My patient's condition though will dictate if I stay on scene until other help arrives, leave them until help arrives, or transport them with us until help arrives. Judgement call, as you say.
  10. OMG that is exactly me. Anytime someone tells me they have a secret to tell me I tell them to stop because no matter how my good intentions, I'll eventually forget that it was supposed to be a secret and slip up.
  11. I made a comment on the news link and got lambasted by someone who claimed he was suspended for incompetence because he did an improper initial assessment. Not too sure what that was supposed to mean tho. though, first step in the assessment is Airway and he was dealing with that adequately. Maybe there is more to this story.
  12. www.assistambulance.com Graphics package look familiar?
  13. I prefer to tie them down and slam as much narcan as i have into them. Just so I can be vindictive and ruin their high.
  14. Only 4 to 6 weeks for an ACP practicum? That's pretty short. Our Sask ACPs have 678 hours of EMS practicum time. That works out to about 16 weeks doing a 4 on/ 4 off shift. Our aviation operation is looking at getting a larger plane. Once that occurs I'm going to offer an optional aviation practicum to ACP and PCP students. They\ll have to pay extra, but it may be something they'd be interested in.
  15. Ok. I just figured you were in this for the money.
  16. You mean your boss doesn't have a Tim Hortons card with a $50 balance on it just for those instances?
  17. It's a decent mark. Still didn't answer my question though.
  18. Although I still wear the 5.11 EMS pants, the pockets stay empty. I think P-Mike has it backwards. He says that there is an inverse relationship to the time spent in the profession to the amount of stuff you carry. I disagree, the stuff you carry just gets to be so much that you just put it all into the kit because you always take it with you anyways. I carry nothing, I just wear the pants because of their durability.
  19. Nope, not at all. I know Doogs, he's a good egg. I was just messing with him. He's still around. Spoke to him a few months back, he's been working on(at) a wilderness retreat he put together for PTSD/CSI victims.
  20. I referenced a thread? Wait...what? I was just yankin Doog's chain
  21. well, you are kinda rude Dooger. In your case just the lasting taint of your presence has continued to foul your reputation.
  22. I think the pathophysiology varies slightly, but there are similarities.
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