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  1. http://www.state.nj.us/health/ems/document...tudy_report.pdf Well, here it is. The long awaited review and recommended changes for EMS in NJ. Hopefully something positive comes out of this rather than being another wasted and futile attempt at fixing the system. What do you all think?
  2. Asys, Do you know what they ended up doing in the ER after you brought the patient in? I'm sure they started antibiotics, but i'm wondering if you had any idea what their initial treatment for the cardiogenic shock was. Good case though, nice one to debate about.
  3. Oh no, by all means if you can get the drip started prior to getting in the ER, thats awesome. I'm just saying that since he is so close to the hospital, that by the time he gets his assessment done, and gets on the road which I trust is very quick due to the severity of the patient and gets orders for an infusion, setting it up, I can only imagine that he'll be hitting the "Run" button on the pump as he rolls the stretcher into the ER. So, why do that when they're going to switch over everything to their own stuff in 2 minutes anyway. I'm just trying to keep time along with practicality in
  4. Exactly what I was thinking about, but I had something else in mind. Dobutamine (as I am being taught in class) is more of a contractility increasing drug (inotropic and dromotropic), with little to no alpha effect so you're not squeezing an empty tank, but trying to make the pump more efficient, along the same lines of Digitalis. Levophed isnt what id want, as that really isnt the problem here since that is nothing but alpha effect and doesnt work where we want it to. Adrenaline or Epinephrine infusing is out of the question as this would sky rocket the heart rate, decreasing ventricular f
  5. After all basic interventions have been applied I would have done some ALS if I had time without delaying transport to the hospital. I don't think dopamine would have hurt. The patient has a pump problem, and I dont see why it wouldnt have helped the patient. If you had it, I would have opted to go for dobutamine due to it's mostly inotropic effect, and less chronotropic effect of dopamine since the patient is already tachy and dont want to increase myocardial oxygen demand by increasing the heart rate anymore. But, my personal opinion is that even though the patient has endocarditis, its c
  6. AZCEP, thanks for the response. They arent advocating much use of Verapamil here anymore, and I hear that term "Verapakill" quite often from the medics as it can have some pretty nasty side effects. Nothing from my school. just street talk. As for the Beta blockers, I meant to say Receptor, not channel. Had a long day. hehehe. Thanks again for the input!
  7. She was dehydrated, so they started a fluid bolis on her. This didnt seem to change the heart rate all. We dont focus on conversion either, only rate control. Calcium channel blockers are great for rate control, as they affect the slow conduction, and are very close to Beta channels, so they have the same effect. Less force of contraction and slower heart rate. We dont use verapakill anymore, its not as cardiac specific, as cardizem is a much better choice for rate control. The patient would thow an abbarant beat every once in a while, so it hardly effects the rate and BP at all. Now th
  8. Ahh, no hard feelings man. Kinda hard to gauge sarcasm over the net sometimes. Even when it was meant to sound serious As for that Busbulance... way cool. Now THATS mass casualty preparedness. 8)
  9. I agree with Asysin. It is what it is. But who cares, really. To petty over something this small is like pouring a cup of water in the ocean; something stupid and insignificant while you still have a bigger, more significant problem to deal with. Like...... THE TOPIC AT HAND. Thank You.
  10. Southern Florida my man, can't beat it. lol
  11. I couldn't tell you exactly for sure what states they do 9-1-1 in. There are others in here that work for them that could answer that question better. The nice thing about AMR is that you can work for them in one state, do one thing, and transfer to another state or different job title without a glitch because its all the same company, just for the info. Try not to limit yourself to just one company, even though they are the biggest. What I would do is pick a particular part of the country you would like to live. Do some research, and see who runs the EMS systems in that area. For exampl
  12. Hahaha, this is great. I have to agree 10000000% with all of this. Burn the First Grade Council to the ground!!!! As for holding people accountable, isn't that what everyone else does? I mean, if someone pokes themselves in the eye with a spoon, we don't give them a spoon again, right? hehehe. But as they say, you cant cure stupid. Please please, keep on going people. I'm just waiting for the FAC jolly volley people to come on here and start whining. I'm biting the bullet for a little bit, then plan on leaving the state some way or another. There are just way too many corrupt, medicall
  13. IF you want to go to Florida, most of the ALS systems down there are run by the fire departments. That means that more than likely you'll be made to cross train in fire fighting as well if you go that route. AMR around me, which is the Philadelphia area doesn't do 9-1-1 emergency responses, only transports. As i've heard from others, thats pretty much how it is in FL also, most of the emergency calls are handled by the fire departments as AMR does a lot of non-emergent transports, but this isn't everywhere. They're big, they cover from Hawaii to Connecticut, and as stated before, your expe
  14. Well, I was in the ER the other night doing a clinical rotation, and we had a 80 Y.O. lady come in with a rapid a-fib around 130-150, occasional PVC's and abbarent beats, asymptomatic, BP around 130/90. She does have a hx of a-fib. The reason why she came into the ER was because she said her BGL had been above 500 for the past few days and can't seem to get it to go down. So I do an accucheck and its 486. Confirmed. So, the resident does his evail, orders 5 Units of Insulin IV, and 5mg of Lopressor IV. I was a little taken back, since we were always taught to use a calcium channel blocker
  15. Yeah, thats Pine Hill, covers Clementon too. I haven't been there for quite a while though. I've been too busy with school.
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