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Everything posted by emt2359

  1. Looks like the NREMT is getting pressure to allow states to approve Paramedic courses in leu of CoAEMSP. https://nremt.org/News/An-open-letter-to-the-National-EMS-Community-from Is the CoAEMSP requirement limiting the amount of new Medics? Should the states have control over the programs vs a 3rd party?
  2. We were having this debate at our station. What are your thoughts?
  3. I just read an article on FireRescue that said that San Antonio is looking to purchase an "armored medical vehicle" for the agency. What are your thoughts about armored vehicles? Is your department seeking one? https://www.firerescue1.com/fire-products/specialty-vehicles/articles/san-antonio-looking-to-buy-armored-ems-vehicle-for-fd-VVglt8cuZEedUfxi/?fbclid=IwAR2epvyNOsUJosfgJe98brOqc3OOv0Zwih3Iq_pWdKBh8XizR74enqOU3WI
  4. @yakc130 I agree that inconsistency is frustrating. I think a lot of the issue is the lack of a clear message from the local level to the president of The United States. The lack of leadership all around has created a monster that they cannot get back into the box.
  5. Do you know of anyone that has quit EMS due to COVID-19? Did they give a reason?
  6. Hi @yakc130, Interesting point. I am not sure if new EMTs really understand what they are getting into. With most courses under 200 hours only a small fraction is spend on infectious diseases with emphasis on washing your hands. Could this be another reason why EMS should have a degree requirement so there is a greater understanding of what can happen?
  7. Thanks! Were they allocated to NY?
  8. I just saw a few posts online from people saying they know of out of state EMS units being deployed to NY to cover due to COVID-19. Anyone have more information?
  9. Makes me wonder if this will drive some providers out of the field once this is all said and done.
  10. I have seen this idea being brought up on social media. What are your thoughts?
  11. Hi everyone! Just checking in to see what different areas of the country are doing as far as equipment, training and any other changes that are a result of the pandemic. I look forward to chatting with everyone.
  12. Hi @EMT2020 I am assuming you are getting in trouble for "being compassionate"? I was a little confused with the post.
  13. Looks like the Mass companies just keep on coming north.... https://www.conwaydailysun.com/business/local/action-ambulance-expanding-life-support-services/article_0fdaeca6-0578-11ea-9a0d-2b2874d78876.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=user-share&fbclid=IwAR0_8A8lkyJehQ5x1NhdYXLnzdTGT4aLgUmKbzmU1z0xcyXAR-dm2ADUmis
  14. Could this be the future? I found this interesting article on ZDNet about the use of the new cellular technology to provide real time interaction with physician at the hospital. Is this something you would embrace or would you feel like someone is looking over your shoulder all the time? https://www.zdnet.com/video/how-to-make-the-most-of-big-data-in-your-organisation/
  15. She said she is leaving the job due to a "toxic and dangerous environment" and wrote a letter to the city explaining why. How many of you out there are close to experiencing this? Here is the full article: https://fox8.com/2019/08/13/i-team-paramedic-writes-explosive-letter-to-city-leaders/?fbclid=IwAR2MPc9D5iZ2qHHdXcIfJ9LQ-GcpuZvK6BLjOUV0nbRGqOR8DHPeM0HOlkQ
  16. Hi, Can you clarify what a NEMT company is? I have not heard of it.
  17. No problem! Good luck with your career pursuit. Come back sometime and tell us how your course went.
  18. @emtwannbe3, Your post indicates to me more of a desire to enhance the current education that first respondents currently possess about behavior emergencies rather than going into EMS. Given your academic history, you seem to be in a great position to format your ideas into a program that would help everyone involved with patients experiencing an issue. I would recommend seeking some ride-along time to understand the challenges of the first respondents to gain insight on the real views first respondents have about patients that suffer from psychiatric or behavioral emergencies.
  19. @JebNickle Does it still show on your record? I think that would be the first I would check.
  20. Just curious, who verifies your training submitted to the NREMT site? Does your medical director, state or another entity? I heard some EMS agencies are allowed to do it for their own members. Not sure how I feel about that.
  21. Interesting. I think a lot will have to do with how management handles the information on the files. Will it be archived securely in the event of litigation or will it be reviewed for quality improvement/witch-hunt reasons? Would medicare / medicaid want access to the files to validate billing?
  22. @paramedicmike , I do not disagree with you. But how does the process get started? If we require new EMTs to have degrees or to attend programs that require substantially more education and course work the industry risks a decline in new EMTs entering the profession. In many areas, there is a shortage of EMTs already. Thoughts?
  23. I would say that if the EMT was not accessing privileged information from run reports or other confidential documents then there is no expectation of HIPAA protection. If they are just regurgitating the news that everyone else posses then the EMT would be all set. If the EMT is acting as a representative of the organization as he speaks of the incident, there may be internal policy issues but no HIPAA issues. I look forward to what everyone else has on this.
  24. I was reading the article about the Woman sentenced to prison for biting paramedic and it made me wonder how many of you have been assaulted so I created a poll. Share your story below.
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