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  1. Last year, I began working as a part-time paramedic for a medium-sized ALS service that primarily conducts dialysis and non-emergency interfacility transports, as well as emergency transports for SNFs and nursing homes. The service is fairly standard in terms of setup, with updated equipment and protocols, and is one of the larger services in the area. After I had been on the job for a few months, the service's QA/QI person (who reviews every patient care report submitted) sent out a service-wide memo warning all paramedics to "act to their level" when treating patients, and that all patients
  2. I'm a paramedic student currently doing field internships. We recently responded to a dispatch complaint reporting a seizure in a park. An engine company arrived before we did and advised that a 48-year old male patient had apparently collapsed, displayed seizure-like activity, and went into full arrest with subsequent bystander CPR. They delivered two automated shocks prior to our arrival and were able to get a return of a pulse. His wife stated that his only medical history was a past CVA. On our arrival, the patient was unresponsive with agonal respirations and showed sinus tachycardia
  3. I'm currently a paramedic student in a Bachelor of Science in EMS program at a university in Nebraska. Field internships are primarily done through local fire and rescue departments, though we have the option of traveling to other agencies states to complete internships if the university is able to put a ride-along agreement in place with them. For spring break in March, I am interested in traveling to Minnesota to do an internship there. Does anyone know if the agencies (Hennepin EMS, Saint Paul Fire, etc.) in that area allow paramedic student ride alongs? Any help or leads would be appreciat
  4. So next March will be my first recertification as an EMT-Basic. I have 44 of my 48 continuing education hours, but have not taken the 24-hour refresher course. In two weeks, however, I will be starting an 11-month paramedic program. Can the hours included in a paramedic course count towards the required 24 hours?
  5. Hey all. I just became Nationally Registered as an EMT-Basic three weeks ago and also received my state certification. Looking through the re-certification booklet that came with the patch and card from the state, and then looking at the documents from National Registry, a few questions were raised concerning re-certification. First, is there a specific time frame in which I take an EMT refresher course? Second, can Continuing Education hours or a refresher course earned in one state be used towards re-certification in another state?
  6. As for what we were using, we had a Zoll E-Series with us (You know, the one that can be thrown off a building or run over with a truck and still work? That one.). As for what "mode" it was in, I have no idea. Like everyone says, the guy was deader than dead (without any obvious signs of death). But the two paramedics I rode with decided to work it.
  7. Thanks everyone for your advice. I guess I saw things differently, being one who would drop everything in a heartbeat (no pun intended) to assist with CPR, duty status aside. I think I made a bigger deal out of it that it was, and I appreciate everyone's input.
  8. So we're working on a patient in the ED's "Trauma Room". The patient, a male in his mid-40's, was pulseless and nonbreathing when we arrived on scene. According to his family, they came home and found him on the floor, so it was an unwitnessed arrest. We hooked him up to our monitor, which advised "no shock" because he was in asystole. The paramedics get him intubated on scene and we deploy the AutoPulse, which eventually stops for whatever reason. So we begin manual compressions. When we get to the ED, there's an off-duty paramedic there who assists us with unloading the patient. We get him i
  9. And then the AutoPulse doesn't work when you need it the most...

    1. Just Plain Ruff

      Just Plain Ruff

      That's what we all get when we rely on technology. I hope you had some extra hands.

    2. Just Plain Ruff

      Just Plain Ruff

      That's what we all get when we rely on technology. I hope you had some extra hands.

    3. TylerHastings

      TylerHastings

      I have never used one of those suckers the services that I have worked for felt they were to unreliable. I hope you had some extra hands as well like ruffles said.

  10. Okay, I know I'm going to probably get yelled at. Let's start from the beginning. I've been doing ride time with the local ambulance service for the past month as a first responder. Last week, we responded to a female who had slit her right wrist in an apparent suicide attempt. The laceration was approximately an inch long and was bleeding minimally. Upon our arrival, she had visible dried blood on the front of her shirt. As for her hands, I did not notice any blood because I didn't look. Because she had been sitting in the back of a police patrol vehicle (the officer found her and requ
  11. Okay, I know I'm going to probably get yelled at. Let's start from the beginning. I've been doing ride time with the local ambulance service for the past month as a first responder. Last week, we responded to a female who had slit her right wrist in an apparent suicide attempt. The laceration was approximately an inch long and was bleeding minimally. Upon our arrival, she had visible dried blood on the front of her shirt. As for her hands, I did not notice any blood because I didn't look. Because she had been sitting in the back of a police patrol vehicle (the officer found her and requ
  12. So what is the summary of all of this? Non-emergency ambulances are being staffed with first aid whackers? Not to turn the subject in a different direction, but the local volunteer fire department just acquired an ambulance (Star-Of-Life, stretcher, lights, kitchen sink, the whole nine yards) for use as a "rescue truck" (as in carrying the Jaws and other tools). But just one of about 20 of the firefighters on the department is an EMT-B; the rest are CPR/AED trained. So why would you need an functioning ambulance to carry a JOL, when you could stash it on one of the pumpers? The department isn'
  13. Creighton University Medical Center (CUMC) is located on Cuming Street in Omaha, Nebraska. Talk about awkward.
  14. I like how the guy gives a reason for everything he carries "on his person". It's like saying, "I carry my own personal drug kit, monitor and trauma pack in my trunk. But that's only because it can take up to three hours for an ambulance to arrive, and I live in a very rural area." Or, "I've rigged our family Suburban to be able to carry two backboards just in case."
  15. I carry a pair of Stanley safety glasses, the kind that go over your prescription glasses. When I'm not using them, I keep them covered in a glove so the lens don't get scratched.
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