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  1. This is where we will get conflicting stories on the term change. We were told in a PHTLS class not long ago that the term change was due to the lesser significance of the word "accident". In other words; spilling a glass of milk is an "accident" or stubbing your toe is an "accident", however; the destruction of a multi-ton vehicle as it collides with another object and the subsequent kinematics, prompted them to change the term from Motor Vehicle "accident" to Motor Vehicle "Collision/Crash" in order amplify the significance of the term. Any other feedback on the term change. I'd love t
  2. Let's not split hairs here. While New York City may have more of them, a homicidal psyche patient is no more dangerous in New York City than in Northern Maine. In the case where you have to have this person placed in protective custody, the police officer accompanying is the only one authorized to carry a sidearm. No paramedic or EMT (even if your other job is a police officer) is allowed to carry or conceal a sidearm on the ambulance if they are on duty as an EMS provider. Nor does our company allow them to be carried or concealed while in the station. As for the bad neighborhoods...
  3. The State of Maine does not have a must transport law. However, the hospital based service I work for "encourages" that all patients are transported. Now keep in mind that when I refer to a patient, I refer to some one with a medical ailment; no matter how minor. I am not refering to the caller who wants a ride to the corner for a pack of Camel's. To tell the truth, I have never been called for anything like that anyway. I have however, been called for medical ailments as minor as sore throats, dry coughs, out of medication, tooth aches and such. The common denominator among most of th
  4. Any Seinfeld buff will appreciate this one... All I can think of here is George Costanza in this case. "Was that wrong? Should I not have done that? I tell you, I gotta plead ignorance here because if anyone had said anything to me at all when I first started here that that sort of thing is frowned upon..." LMFAO!
  5. Bingo! What ever happened to a union conference hall or a conference room at some hotel paid for by your union dues? Instead, the union pockets your money after getting a freebie (compliments of the corporation they intend on crapping on) then get PO'd after looking like a pile of jackasses. If I were an employee of this so called union, I'd be asking what the hell dues pay for these days!
  6. http://www.bostonherald.com/news/regional/...g_over_EMT_bag/ This one is actually true. Well, I guess there is a legitimate case here. In this day and age we can't be too careful. Watch where you dump those EMS bags. This peaks my curiosity however. If she had tripped over a chair (or a toilet in this case) would she have sued the restaurant??? More than likely!
  7. I searched the heck out of this and could not produce anything. I believe this may be another dose of EMS folklore. Additionally, OP makes no mention of cardiac leads. There is also no mention of combo pads in which exposing would be necessary. Mshow, cardiac leads may not require exposing, but for a code, I would be using combo/defib pads first. Even if you placed cardiac leads first and identified a shock able rhythm you still need to expose for the defib pads. I'm sticking with Mshow on this one... "Urban Legend".
  8. A source would be nice. There may be more to the story. I'll try searching it.
  9. Having done research, I have found that while many states will use NR for reciprocity, Many states will only use NR for an educational equivalent that will entitle you to sit for their state exam. For example, looking into reciprocity in the state of Florida, they will only recognize the NR cert as an educational equivalent. This comes directly from the Florida Department of Health. This educational equivalent will entitle you to challenge their state exam. Ultimately you will still have to challenge the state exam. So in short, when it comes to Florida (for example) you can show up with m
  10. Sorry, never hit a sign. but, my windshield has claimed a raven or two with me behind the wheel. Only actual reportable incident I had was when a 1972 POS turned into my lane causing a reportable dent in his rear quarterpanel. No damage to the rig.
  11. Very smart Cookie, any other way would be leaving yourself wide open for a shark bite! :wink:
  12. True to some extent, but not every service falls into such extreme lack of stability. As for me, it's about 50/50 of what is described above. The problem with this is that you can never make plans that follow a shift, and it's a definite strain on marriage and family life. If your wife has a firm understanding of what's involved in working in an EMS system, then it may not be so bad. My wife is an RN that works for the hospital that owns our ambulance service. She is no stranger to what it is like to be married to an EMT. Our marriage is fine, I do miss the time with her and my chil
  13. LMAO! Have Regulator - Will Travel Seriously, my service requires that I bring this... Galls should be carrying them soon.
  14. Totally not the same situation fallout! I quote sevenball "Upon your assessment...". Since when do we assess "non Patients"??? What you are describing fallout, is showing up and instantaneously deeming everyone a patient. That is not what Sevenball is asking. He is asking after an "assessment" can you deem someone a "non patient". I'm sorry if I sound like a jerk here, but... If any EMT wants to put their ass on the line by assessing a person that wishes to refuse treatment or transport (whether EMT's feel it's warranted or not) without having a patient sign the form that relea
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