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Lytefall last won the day on March 6 2012

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  1. '86 ford tempo '96 Pontiac sunfire '03 Pontiac grand am GT '08 Dodge Ram TRX4 offroad Currently driving a '09 Dodge Ram SLT Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. It does suck. Sometimes it sucks. That's all there is to it. One I the best medics I have ever known, who is still working after 35yrs and loving every day, once told me something I will keep with me forever. While we never knew most people in life, it won't be possible to shed a tear for every patient but there will be calls that sadden you and stay with you forever. It's the day that you stop feeling the emotion for those types of calls that you know it's time to hang up your stethoscope and call it a career. We are human. We should feel. We do this to help people. Its as plain as this:
  3. I agree. There are moments on this job that you wish you could scrub from your memory forever. It's the few and far between moments that actually make us smile that make every day worth getting up and going to work you need to hold on to. Sorry to hear what was quite obviously a very tough call, both in its entirety and in the decisions you had to make. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. I think there is a possibility that this could have been building or days before this LOC. If she's a new mother she may have rationalized Abdo pain away as post partum normality. Since nursing moms are commonly advised to increase their oral intake of fluid age may have also rationalized the polydipsia and polyuria as a normal part of the transition. Any number of factors could have led to this being solely the result of DKA. I do agree with you though kiwi, it is highly suspicious as the only cause so being cognizant of this would be most prudent. Since theres a 2nd unit on scene one can
  5. In addition to the bolus and ongoing supportive care and vitals also prepare for potential complications of prolonged DKA. As far as my scope of practice goes unless anything else pops up its transport and pre-alert receiving facility Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Did we get that blood glucose? Any acetone breath? Mucous menbrane moist or dry? In addition to what kiwi said I think ruling out or in DKA would be a good idea. As for the baby. Not eating/nursing x 3 days would be an easy way for a baby to "look sick" Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. I had a similar scenario recently only my patient was assaulted by a skateboard ramp instead of a fist. Kids dad was a dental surgeon and he had put the teeth in milk prior to our arrival so I would say that is the correct answer. Guess your swinging by the corner store en route... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Scene survey. What do we see? Anything suspicious? Odd? Signs of a struggle? Trauma to the victim? Empty alcohol or pill bottles? Vomit? Anything to indicate a definitive length of time she's been in this position (how many newspapers in mailbox etc.). Cspine control and packaged just in case. Vitals and a blood glucose as well right off the hop. What are the vitals? Temp? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Also, how far post partum are we talking? Possibility of post partum depression for explaining missing child or pp complication for mothers state? Sent from my iPhone using Tap
  9. I agree. I was the first year they switched from a 1yr to 2yr program. I couldn't imagine getting the knowledge base I did with a 1yr program. A lot of the new students now think the knowledge is overrated. Kind of frustrating seeing people coming into this profession who believe knowledge is not important as long as you know your protocols. Makes it easy to spot the people who look at this job as nothing more than a means to earn an income. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Theres been some decent improvements in the last few years, but I completely agree with you. The knowledge base we are taught vs. what level of responsibility and skillset we are given are way out of proportion. I am glad they teach the way they do though. I think it's important to understand as much as possible as far as A&P and patho is concerned even if it may not affect the treatment you provide. The whole good technician vs good clinician argument etc..... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Here in Ontario it is rare that people can even get accepted to the 2 year college Paramedic program without prior post secondary education. Most people take a 1yr general health science course prior to. Thats at least 3 yrs college education just to get into the profession. I guess things are just different here. To get to what most of the rest of the world calls "paramedic" we are looking at 4-5yrs college education. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. My A&P and patho knowledge is pretty solid. I am looking for something to challenge myself. I have had Carol Porths patho book for a long time now. I used it throughout the program in college and have re-read it at least 3-4 times since then. The Bates book looks interesting. I will have to check it out. Thanks Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. I am looking for more in depth patient assessment books. Just out of interest. After 12yrs there's only so much you can keep re-reading the same info and I have recently started looking at more in depth patient assessment finding a lot of things I knew, but didn't. By that I mean I always knew some people put a clenched fist to their chest to describe chest pain, i never gave much thought to it consciously and what I didn't know was that it was called Levine's sign. Not necessarily something wholly new but still a patient assessment finding that can be significant to report. Can anyone
  14. We used to use the ferns chairs. I was certified by a ferno trainer to do maintenance and although i was not told this by ferno I have seen many with stress cracks on the upper handles and I indeed was taught some 12 yrs ago now to avoid using the handles as they have been known the break off. We got rid of them a few years ago now and have been using the tracked Stryker chair Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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