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  1. Bariatric Patients

    I ran a call on an 800lb+ person. He was unresponsive, and we couldn't even get our ambulance onto his property because of mud. We called a bariatric truck 3 hours away, and we worked on extricating him from the residence to the road while we waited. We loaded his hospital bed onto a flatbed trailer(2 of the wheels broke on the bed), we had to take the door frame off of the double French doors to fit him out, and it took a small army of people. Eventually we loaded his mattress into the bariatric truck, and secured him with webbing. He was too big for the bariatric truck, but we had no safer options. The entire time the family was yelling at us for it taking so long. Terrible call, but he turned out to be ok. After he recovered and lost about 150lbs they put him back in that house so some day another crew will have to probably do the exact same thing to get him out. In our area we don't really have resources for bariatric patients. It's frustrating to me that people put themselves into those types of situations and then get mad when we aren't able to handle it quickly.
  2. EMT City 2nd sort of annual reunion

    Thanks for the effort. I was hoping it would come together. I'm not sure it's realistic for me to make plans that far out, but I was optimistic that once y'all had it worked out I could find a way to go. I miss this place. I wish it was like it used to be. I learned SO much here.
  3. Anyone ever done this?

    Cooked meals, made coffee, done laundry after a DOA in bed was taken away by the funeral home. Heck I've even fed cattle and unaddled horses.
  4. I need assistance finding a medical director

    Texas requires medical directors to be ER physicians or have some special CE about being a medical director that is hard to find. This isn't commonly known and at one service our family medicine medical director was brought under investigation by the Texas Medical Board for this. I would check with the stats to see if Georgia has this requirement.
  5. I need assistance finding a medical director

    I find it interesting that you are starting an ambulance service but don't know where to find a medical director. Have you budgeted for one? If you don't know where to find one how do you know how much it will cost you? Do you have friends that work EMS in your area? I would start by asking around to see who the medical directors are in your area. Unless somebody in the forum is close to your area I doubt that we can help you specifically. Its possible that a simple google search of the other ambulance services in your area will give you their medical directors.
  6. Oh goodness. Ruff I wasn't critiqueing you at all. I had the same thoughts after watching the video without any explanation. I just was glad that for a change someone stuck around to defend themselves. I know you aren't a harsh person. My point was more that in this field we come across criticism A LOT, and we have to be able to handle that. I feel Lili handled it well. Sorry it didn't come across in my first post. Hopefully this helped.
  7. I just want to give Lili a pat on the back for standing up to your criticism. It was pretty harsh, but the OP didn't run away with his/her tail between the legs like many newbies do. Good for you Lili. Stick around, you may learn something or you may teach us oldies but goodies a few things.
  8. Hello & questions

    As far as holidays and weekends, everywhere I've worked it just depends how the days fall. I sometimes joke because I haven't had a New Years Eve off in 10 years. In the beginning it was hard to work holidays, but then my coworkers were like family and we developed our own holiday traditions. Last year for Christmas we all made an Italian dish that we brought and enjoyed together between calls. Also, for the most part holidays aren't usually busy...but the calls you do run tend to be very serious.
  9. Hello & questions

    Scheduling depends on what kind of service you work for. In my area 911 providers work a 24 on/48 off shift or 48/96. Private services around me usually staff a couple 12 hour trucks, a 16 hour truck, and a couple 24 hour trucks. Again, it all depends on where you are and what you want. International work...I don't know anything about nature trips, but most oils field and contract military stuff is for seasoned paramedics. Whatever you decide to do good luck to you! And, from an old seasoned medic, make sure you find healthy ways to destress before you are too far in. This is a hard job and it takes a toll over the years.
  10. Interview questions

    1. I was 17. 2. I took some college classes in high school, but finished my paramedic before I took many classes. Now I have quite a few credits that don't amount to much of anything because I can't decide what I want to be when I grow up. 3. The paramedic program was 2 years, I haven't graduated college. 4. I would give a word of warning-EMS is hard on your body, and when you aren't able to lift anymore your options are very limited. 5. My American dream is financial security. 6. I sure hope so! 8. I probably would choose a different route. Lots of years as a paramedic has jaded my thinking and I'm sometimes haunted by the things I've seen. Plus my back is now blown so I'm having a hard time finding a decent paying job. 9. No. I wanted to be a dr and this seemed like a stepping stone. 10. There were many times I wanted to give up, I just couldn't see a way out. I worked a murder/suicide and just about couldn't make myself go to work the next shift, but I just kept pushing on. Good luck on your paper.
  11. Spinal Restriction

    When I started we did standing take downs every day...I haven't done one in probably the last 5 years. I'm curious, are they still taught how to do a standing take down?
  12. SAVE ME

    I was so excited to laugh until I cried...but sadly I'm not in Canada so I couldn't watch. :-(
  13. Actually we pulled the stretcher mounts out and left the stretcher at the scene, one backboard on the bench and 2 on the floor. Not safe and I wouldn't recommend it, but we really didn't have much option that day. In 10+ years that's the only time I've felt it necessary to transport like that, so I'm not suggesting it at all.
  14. He was a super nice guy, but that day I literally could have strangled him! The same guy was cutting a lady out of her wrecked vehicle and I pointed out the metal hanging out of her arm so he wouldn't disturb it, well he thought I wanted him to pull it out and he did exactly that! In the situation it was a bit of a relief because it turned out to be superficial but it could have been a BAD deal. Now back to the actual thread...sorry for my reminiscing.
  15. I'm not sure the logic behind it, maybe because you wouldn't otherwise use a car seat that's been in a wreck? Interesting story-I once worked a bad single vehicle rollover. 5 adult patients and 1 probably 3 month old. Rural area and we were the only ambulance within about 30 miles. Bad weather so no air support. On arrival all the patients were scattered over the scene, I assessed the baby first and it was in a car seat, no obvious trauma, and crying. I went to assess everyone else and the whole time I was listening for that babies cry, because if I could hear it crying it was breathing. At one point one of the volunteer firefighters walks up to me with the baby in his arms wanting me to make it stop crying. You know when you're super busy and somebody disturbs the "plan" you have? I was super frustrated because in my head I couldn't put the baby back in the car seat and it wasn't big enough to secure in the onboard system. I put the baby back in anyway because there was literally nowhere else to transport it. I had 3 adult patients on backboards in my ambulance.