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RockDoc last won the day on November 5 2011

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  1. There you go man, keep as cool as you can, It riles them to believe that you perceive the web they weave, Keep on thinking free.
  2. No, I had to work that day. However, I can't count the number of Willie Nelson July 4th, Lollapaloozas, Metallica, Farm Aid and others like that I have done.
  3. Like Race Medic, sometimes names stick because of what you do. Many years ago, before some of you were born, we did rock concerts in fields and pastures, not venues like we have today. I was always called the RockDoc by all the production and roadies at the show. The name still sticks on me, and when staff is asking for "Doc" at the show, they are looking for me.
  4. That and we were able to deliver patients to ER with an IV and not so many puncture marks. The old Medi-cuts had a square ended catheter tip, not the beveled tips on modern IV catheters...
  5. I loved the Jelco and Angio-cath needles. They were a lot better than the old Medi-cuts we were issued, the ones with the 10cc syringe attached. We would trade out at our hospitals, 1 box of Medi-cuts for 3 or 4 Jelcos.
  6. EMS is forever changing. In 1971, cardiac code was "Draw 2, Push 2, Push 1, CPR and run like hell" Draw 2 red tops, push 2 bicarbs (even on witnessed arrests), push 1 Epi, CPR and transport. Later I participated in (1) mega dose Epi studies, (2) IV/no IV on trauma situations,and (3) mast trousers/no trousers on trauma, among other studies. That is why it is called "the practice of medicine" because standards are ever changing.
  7. BS calls-----among many over the years, I remember best------------ One of those nights on 24 hour shift with about 18 runs under our belt. We were dead tired, really beat. Got back to the station bout 3 AM and just as soon as my butt hit the recliner, --tones go off and here we go again. Went to an apartment complex, saw a guy waving to us. Went up to him and asked what was the problem. He was really swishing, playing the gay act to to the max., said "its my friend" We went up to the apartment, opened the door and went in, thru the living room/kitchen and opened the be
  8. Look in their eyes. That is where true thanks comes from (or F-bombs, said or unsaid). With old people especially, they will reach out to your hand with theirs. Not much needs to be said to be understood.
  9. Well said CrapMagnet. There are some private companies that provide excellent EMERGENCY and non_Emergency. However, I do believe that all privates receive subsidies from the cities,counties, municipalities that they serve. I do not know of any privates that can exist strictly on the collections that the get from calls, cashor insurance. Remember, the original subject of this thread concerned the defraudment of Medi-Care by companies, private or public. Do not tar all providers with the same brush.
  10. The same thing happened in Montgomery County, Texas. For 3 years running, I think 1984 thru 1987,Montgomery County EMS was listed as National Paramedic System of the year. Resident taxes paid for the EMS as well as the county hospital, Level 1. Along came Rural Metro and convinced the county fathers to sell the EMS to them, Columbia bought the hospital. RM revamped the EMS system to put it on a for-profit basis and literally destroyed the entire system, along with its quality care. 911 units were pulled off the streets to work football games, conventions, drag races, motocrosses, IFT's ,
  11. Let me just say what I mean without beating around the bush, this has nothing to do with liberal versus conservative, Democrat versus Republican. Many--if not most companies in Houston are owned by people that do not have American sounding last names, but names that are distinctly African (Nigerian) or Arabic sounding. One family group may register as many as 5 or more names, but only have one ambulance for all the companies. Company A goes in service with the one ambulance and operates for several years until Medi-Care does an audit on them and finally stops paying their claims. Compan
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