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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 least one steady burning red light on the setup. I have to say that I like the idea of a steady burning light (for tracking purposes). I think they look more professional too. I have since bought a new light bar for my Nissan that is capable of steady burning lights. I now have wig wag head lights and tail lights, a SuperVisor red/blue setup with two red and blue leds that go steady, Code 3 alternating red grill lights, a 36" amber LED light bar in the back window, and a driver side spotlight that is capable of gelling a solid red (just bought this from an ex CHP officer, really like this product).
  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 find yourself loosing it, try to slow it down. You'll ride with many different types of people in your career. Some people have short tempers and are very emotional under stress. These people have no business riding with students or rookies. When you're new, your emotional state is highly dependent upon those around you. When your superiors are freaking out, you'll freak out too. It's their responsibility to stay in control. As for everything else: don't worry. It just takes a few days to master your ambulance. You'll soon know where everything is, how to get to it quickly and safely, and local tastes and procedures. Welcome to EMS.
  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" 16) he could be working along side me in an ambulance. Teaching first aid to elementary school aged children is a different story, though. I actually do this frequently, I frequently volunteer to teach the local Boy Scout troop and Cub Scout pack first aid and CPR, and I also lead the first aid team at my church (where I also teach the youth first aid skills). I find that children can get confused really easily, and you need to focus on broad and simple concepts. For example, many of the younger cub scouts I deal with can't manage the thirty compressions then two breaths, thirty compressions, two breaths, all while remembering WHEN to do CPR (with the pulse check), proper hand placement, compression rate, ect. It's just way to much for them to remember, and the ones who can remember it will probably only remember it for a week at the most. So when teaching CPR, to children I have them skip the pulse check (I doubt many of them would be able to find a good pulse, anyways) and instruct them to do CPR if the patient is unresponsive and not breathing. I also teach them hands only CPR (no artificial respiration). It's much easier for them to remember, and I have a feeling most can "master" this and remember it if they ever need it. And the number one thing to pound into their head is to get somebody to call 911 ASAP. I'll actually take the time to teach full/proper CPR with the Boy Scouts (middle school and high school age). When it comes to other first aid skills, I make sure that whatever I'm teaching is age appropriate by making sure it's something that's unlikely to cause more harm if they do it incorrectly. I'm afraid when teaching smaller children that they'll do the WRONG thing in the emergency and make matters worse (all because of my training). With the younger ones, I teach them real simple things: Managing cuts, scrapes, ect... Applying pressure to stop bleeding (I don't cover pressure points) The concept of not removing impaled objects and immobilization Bites Poison Control (I give them info about the center and phone number) ect.... With the older ones, I might show them how to make some splints, ect. I NEVER discuss treatments for poisons because the wrong treatment for the wrong poison can cause way more harm than good. I guess the number one rule is make sure you're not teaching them something that they have a good chance of using and making matters worse.
  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 don't know what to do. So they call somebody who does. These are the ignorant ones, and I'm fine with them. The lazy ones are the ones who want to get into a room right away, and they know that if they go by bus they'll get there faster. I also include in here the ones who want to make a "point". They get into a little fender bender, and instead of taking themselves to get a quick checkup, they demand the flashing lights and sirens come. These people also routinely refer to me as an "ambulance driver", which pisses me off.
  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? Why not any other type of employee? Almost everybody works, so why not give a "worker's discount"? The answer is because it's advantageous to have uniformed first responders in your restaurant.
  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 restaurants also give us breaks. Denny's gives us their employee discount, so does Burger King. However, today when I went into Denny's I didn't get my discount. My bill came and I noticed it was full price. I ordered a chicken fried steak, eggs, pancakes, and coffee, and I was being charged full price! I told the waitress (who was new), and she said that we had to pay full price (I knew from prior experience taking to the owner that we got the employee discount). I asked to talk to a manager, and she came out and apologized and gave us the discount. So this sparked my curiosity: what places give you free or discounted stuff?
  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, last physical contact with each other... It was very romantic and very sad at the same time.
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