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  1. JUAB COUNTY — An ambulance paramedic injured in a rollover accident while transporting a patient was still in critical condition Tuesday afternoon. The accident occurred Friday on northbound I-15 near 12000 South in Draper around 2:30 a.m., according to Utah Highway Patrol. Juab County EMTs, Elton Castleman and Jodi Jones, were transporting a psychiatric patient in an ambulance when he caused the vehicle to roll, UHP Lt. Jeff Nigbur said. See the rest of the story here.
  2. I heard some states are liking this because the EMT level can easily administer this with minimal training. Here is the article about the auto-injector. http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm391465.htm What are you thoughts?
  3. There is a growing push for EMTs, Police and the general public to be trained on how to administer Narcan to overdoses. I know some states already allow EMTs to administer it. What are your thoughts?
  4. All new EMTs (not basics) since the new ed standards came out in 2009ish should be able to understand the why's. Very soon EMTs will have as standard equipment (or at least understand): glucometers, SpO2, 12 Lead EKG (to obtain, not read), ETCO2, CPAP and more.
  5. Based on all the new textbooks and AHA standards, oxygen administration is based on Sp02 readings. If the patient is below 94 give them oxygen and titrate to 94%. I also read somewhere that you can increase the damage in an MI by administering too much oxygen by causing coronary artery constriction and increasing the activity of free radicals. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ From the AHA site: http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/122/18_suppl_3/S787.full EMS providers administer oxygen during the initial assessment of patients with suspected ACS. However, there is insufficient evidence to support its routine use in uncomplicated ACS. If the patient is dyspneic, hypoxemic, or has obvious signs of heart failure, providers should titrate therapy, based on monitoring of oxyhemoglobin saturation, to ≥94% (Class I, LOE C).36 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ So if the above is true, your company is not adhering to the "Do No Harm" mantra of professional healthcare.
  6. Summary: EMT Tweets pic with caption "Wide Load" and is now being sued..... http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-emt-sued-wide-load-tweet-woman-article-1.1460381 And discuss....
  7. Would the outrage be different if a newspaper used the same photo on the front page? What about broadcast news?
  8. Everyone else is talking about so I figured I would start a thread. What are your thoughts?
  9. "Deaf EMT 'better than some hearing staff' with Bethlehem ambulance company" http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/bethlehem/index.ssf/2013/05/bethlehem_ambulance_company_pl.html Your thoughts?
  10. New Hampshire for some reason thinks that you don't need medical direction to operate at events. See memo: http://www.nhoodle.nh.gov/irc/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Preplanned-Medical-Standby-Coverage-Events-FINALv2.pdf EMTs can freelance out there almost as independent practictioners, thus EMTs buying equipment.
  11. I just wanted to start a thread so we all have a place to talk about this....
  12. I plan on being in there. I don't follow football.. but will be in there.
  13. Loving the new look!

  14. Patient sitting in undamaged car for shelter, causes car to be dismantled.... And... discuss.
  15. Would you apply that same standard to a Doctor? Nurse? X-Ray Tech? Paramedic? Advanced EMT? Would you be comfortable with your family member being treated by a person that has the standard you are thinking of?
  16. Full Story: http://host.madison.com/news/local/crime_and_courts/departments-at-odds-after-cop-pulls-gun-on-firefighter-during/article_f95d2684-251d-11e2-9ce6-0019bb2963f4.html#ixzz2BIgm0w00
  17. Thanks for the quick reply. I does help. It also confirms my suspicions that "competency based" is going to vary from state to state and from program to program. As antiquated as the old "standard" was, it did set the bar for the lowest denominator. Now the bar is set at the next staff meeting and budget review. Has anyone out there required a "Community Service" rotation? Have the student do 4 hours at a local soup kitchen and report on it?
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