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ShockDoctor last won the day on August 4 2011

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  1. Our county just picked up a new medic from the Los Angeles area (Mr. Hollywood as we country folks like to call him). We were talking about differences, and he mentioned the emergency lighting was a small thing that he adapting to. Apparently in Cali the color is red for everything (police, fire, EMS), and every emergency vehicle is required to have at least one red "steady burning" light (meaning not flashing). I thought this was a little weird, but I started paying attention to California reality shows, news, youtube videos, and so on, and I noticed he was right. There's always at lea
  2. Okay... not to open this can of worms again. But in that scenario would anyone be glad I was there with my gear? As for making an entry, I've kicked down a door before (life alert call) without PD help. Pt. was in the bathroom, unresponsive. All the doors were locked, and the windows all had bars on them. I cased the house and found a weak door in the back and made entry with just a few kicks.
  3. I can't stress how important remaining calm is. The paramedic you were riding with had no business becoming "flustered". She can make suggestions and give criticism in a calm and constructive manner, but if you can tell that she's "flustered", she's not doing her job right. Dwayne gave you some excellent advice: don't rush. Whenever I'm riding with a tag-along, or new EMT, whenever I ask for something they'll usually fumble around, yank it out, then shove it right in front of my eyes while their hand shakes uncontrollably. Have a sense of urgency, but don't let it mess you up. If you
  4. We have a very large and active church that likes to do events (camping, day trips, hikes, ect). We're often far away from any help, so we formed a first aid team, which I lead. There's no official shifts, per say, we're all just on standby. My classes include anyone who wants to learn. The team consists of people who are 16+.
  5. The BSA and AHA used to teach raised legs for shock. I don't recall them ever mentioning "internal bleeding" though. And I've noticed many guides no longer recommend the raised legs (I never thought it did much myself).
  6. I liked the old reputation system better (not that I wasn't at, like, negative nine or anything). The "like" thing is too much like facebook.
  7. Honestly and realistically, I probably wouldn't do anything. If he has asthma, he's always wheezing; it's nothing new. I'd assume he'd have an inhaler with him, and I'd let him use that if he wanted. I wouldn't start pulling anything out for the short trip to the hospital.
  8. I think it depends entirely on the maturity level of the kid in question. At 16 years old, I have to draw the line between "child" and "kid". I have no problem with 16 year olds going through entire EMT-Basic courses and getting their certs (finding work needs to wait, though). At that age there are kids I would trust my life to, and there are kids who I wouldn't want getting too close to the medicine cabinet. It's all case-by-case. In that story a lot of attention is paid on how young the kid was, sixteen. To me it's not that big of a deal; in just two years (provided he "just turned"
  9. I wasn't chewing him out, I actually think it's a good question. Yeah, the hard definition of "arrhythmia" is any abnormal heart rhythm, but I figured he meant something like v-fib or v-tach considering he's an EMT-B, not a cardiologist. All this being said, you should probably be doing something else if you suspect an arrhythmia.
  10. Yeah, depending on the arrhythmia and if you know what you're listening for. It's way easier to EKG that stuff, though. This being said, why would you want to do listen for an arrhythmia? If a patient has an arrhythmia, you should be hooking them up and getting them ready for a shock (not sitting and listening for abnormalities in their heart beat). If you don't have a defibrillator, you probably should be doing compressions, not listening for abnormalities in their heart beat. So yes, theoretically you can, although there's no practical reason to do this. EDIT: Grammar.
  11. ^ Ditto, they're pretty much paying our bills. I find there are two types of B.S. patients: Lazy ones and ignorant ones. The ignorant ones honestly don't know when to call 911 and what's considered a medical emergency. For example, if a kid dislocates something and starts freaking out, I'd say most of the population would rather just hit 911 and let somebody else deal with it instead of thinking logically, realize that it's not life threatening, and figure they can just drive the kid to the hospital themselves. These people have very little or no first aid training, and they truly do
  12. I sort of agree with you guys. I normally wouldn't have asked but I only brought in $10 (I figured the discount when I was counting my money in my rig). My bill was initially over that, so it was either get my discount or not pay. Plus, that wasn't even figuring the tip (which I wouldn't have been able to provide). I can understand drawing the line at giving the police a discount. There's a benefit to having a police officer inside your location (who in their right mind is going to rob you?). EMS and Fire is a slippery slope. As Dwayne said, why not teachers? Why not priests?
  13. So, in my little cosey little rural area, the small town diners like to give us first responders breaks on our bills. Typically police, fire, and EMS get some type of break when they come and eat in their uniform. The local, family owned, doughnut shop gives us free doughnuts if we come in our uniforms. Coffee is also "on the house" sometimes. I guess this may be why police officers are associated with doughnuts, because they're also always hanging out there. Another family owned diner gives us a generous break when we eat at their place (around a third off). Some chain restaurant
  14. It was about 2 AM and we were dispatched to a possible SCA, the patient was a 91 y/o male. When we arrived, the patient's wife (a bed ridden woman, 90 years old) was desperately trying to do compressions on the bed in between tears. She was very weak, and so were her compressions, but damn she was trying. I later found out that in her earlier years she had been a nurse, and he had been a physical therapist. We hooked him up and he was flat lined. I've never been able to get that image out of my head. A couple who had been together for seven decades, lived through major history, las
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