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  1. Called for elderly female with chest discomfort. Patient was non english speaking grandmother where 8 year old grandson on scene and initiated 911. This little fellow was the best interpreter I have ever had, even against the paid individuals utilized at the hospitals we serve. I had the little guy ride along and he immediately and understandably interpreted and relayed every piece of vital information need to assist his grandmother.....and I am talking medical related terminology. When arrived at cardiac center, the staff was wondering where my interpreter was. I just pointed at the litt
  2. Large class this year....all excited which is great.  Let's see if we can get through Pathophysiology and Pharmacology....

  3. I am in the process of developing curriculum for our regional Community Paramedicine program, and I am desperately seeking any imput on potential reference materials that would be of great assistance in my endeavor. Please respond via personal message, or contribute on the thread. Any imput again would be greatly appreciated. P_Instructor
  4. You are correct Bare! I attended one of the scenario workshops in Chicago, and the event was absolutely enlightening! Any instructor that does not go through the workshop and understand the portfolio concept will be giving their students a dis-service. These new students will be picking my butt up one day soon, so they better be ready.
  5. My paramedic class seems to be in a Mobitz II block...................<_<

  6. My bones are creaking......must be I am old.....still on occasionally.
  7. Two days Saturday and Sunday cleaning the garage setting up for rummage, then a glorious 24 hour Labor Day shift. Ahhhhh, it's great to work part time.....
  8. Think outside the box. I have had 2 cases like this. Work him up to rule out AMI with 12 Lead. My cases were both atypical presenting heart attacks.
  9. Which book are you looking for? Any specific publisher?
  10. From another old fart that started back in '77, welcome.
  11. Heck, diggin around in the attic and found some old glass syringes and the real steel needles.
  12. Emergency Crews Attempt To Rescue Olympic Figure Skater Who Fell Through Ice Sports News in Brief Sports olympics ISSUE 5007 Feb 19, 2014 0 0 0 SOCHI, RUSSIAIn a race against time, local emergency crews reportedly rushed to rescue Italian figure skater Carolina Kostner Tuesday after the Olympian plunged through a hazardous thin patch of ice during her short program at the Iceberg Skating Palace. Unfortunately she skated way out into the middle of the rink where the ice was weak and it collapsed instantly when she landed her triple axel, said rescue worker Ignativ Barkov, adding that
  13. Paramedics to be trained to harvest donated organs on scene Posted by: RJ Beam in EMS News 21 hours ago 0 Provisions in Obamacare will make getting approved for an organ transplant much easier. Unfortunately the supply of organs is still very low, meaning the chances of getting a transplant are still unlikely. Much the difficulty in obtaining organs comes from a delay in the ability to harvest. So in an effort to get more organs harvested, Paramedics will be trained to accomplish the task, on scene. <img src="http://cdn.1starriving.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2014/01/organ_
  14. Watching a new medic worry more about the stupidvisor calling them on their cell phone when he knows the crew is on a stemi call, and not paying attention to the patient.
  15. If you are on duty, being paid for your services, and come upon an MVC that you could possibly utilize your training, you should have a duty to act. I am not sure what you mean by jurisdiction. Is it the same city? same county? same state?, or different state? The big thing is that you are driving the biggest, most advanced and star of life emblazed mobile billboard that you can think of. You don't stop, and there may be more problems down the road. Ahh, rules and standards, morals and ethics.....love it.
  16. I look at it as the prep time for IV versus IO is about the same. Looking at the initiation of the puncture, IO faster. Secondary fluid or med administration seems better with the successful IV. IO's have the need for pressure infusors that take a little time, etc. My feeling is alternative fad that is useful in particular patient populations where IV access may be delayed or impossible. If so, go IO. Routine IO because someone is lazy and hazy to gain access via IV should be looked at closely. Everyone has valid responses, etc., but being opinionated, you should be able to get th
  17. Question to the Instructors in the forum. 12 Leads are now being incorporated into the static psychomotor exams for the NREMT. How many current institutions are utilizing 12's in static station practices? Just wondering.
  18. As many of you are aware of, or are being told now, Mike Smith, Paramedic and national lecturer and instructor from Tacoma, Washington has passed away. Many EMS providers have listened to his lectures at numerous conferences throughout the US. I as others did get to know Mike personnally, had a few brewski's with him, and gained insight to his vast knowledge in the EMS corridor. If you had the opportunity to visit with Mike, please remember all the good things he brought to the table.
  19. miscusi has really laid it out for you. Call your state agency in regards if you are eligible or even capable of obtaining certification/licensure.
  20. Sorry all, been out of the loop for quite a while. Will try to get back into the swing of things real soon.

  21. I quess I still haven't seen the fact that a document was signed for no CPR. Many are assuming. If so called document was signed, and P&P's were followed, so be it. I am not in tune with Cali-law, so probably am way off base here. Agree again that there is way to much info that needs to be brought out here. Secondary thought.....if there were 'no code' documents, what did the paramedic crews do with the patient? We know they transported to the hospital. What were their protocol concerning this? Did they ALS or BLS the patient? Just wondering to get better insight.
  22. Constipated as I am, I do want to say I agree with both of you that there is much more information that needs to be discovered here. I do not disagree with the 'sensationalism' of the media as you portray. The only aspect I am trying to bring out is that as medical professionals, we are to be the patient advocate. I do not disagee with what you both are stating, and would like to know more information. Either I stay constipated or have a glorious bout of diarreha.
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