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  1. MedicNorth

    Tyler Hastings Passing

    This is tragic news. My sympathy to everyone who had the privilege to know him and call him friend. He will be missed.
  2. MedicNorth

    Uganda EMS Pilot Project - Comments?

    So, it actually happened, and it was very successful by all counts. We learned a lot too, and have plans to extend the program over a period of several years. The need here is huge! The real planning and work will start when we return to Canada next week. Here is the link that actually works: As you can see, there was a lot of work, but we certainly found some time to play and explore as well.
  3. MedicNorth

    Old folks Still here?

    Well, spread the news and lets see if we can get a few people together. MO is a long way from me, but then, so is almost everywhere! I could probably swing it if we found enough interest
  4. MedicNorth

    Old folks Still here?

    Haha, you poor old fart.... the ancient and debilitating Half Century! I wish I could go back to that and realize how great an age it was! , incidentally, would be very interested in Reunion 2.0 if there are enough of us old farts left still above ground. Any takers?
  5. Hi all In February 2018 I will be doing a project in the outskirts of Kampala, Uganda with the long term plan to hopefully create a self-sustaining EMS program that does not only cater to the rich and famous. You can find the general information here: I would greatly appreciate any advice or observations from those of of you who have experience internationally. I will be happy to answer any questions about how we plan to make this work, though I know it will be challenging!
  6. MedicNorth

    Old folks Still here?

    I do miss the old days and the "old" people. I think that it was the right time and the right people, and the circumstances have simply not occurred again. Chat was a huge drawing point, and people who chatted lots were likely to post lots too. We did have some pretty amazing natural leaders, but the big thing is that it was fun as well as instructive. I will be volunteering in Uganda for 5 weeks in February on an EMS pilot project. Odds are good that there will be some issues I want to mull over with those of you who have experienced overseas work. Hopefully We can get a bit of action going on that!
  7. MedicNorth

    Another EMTCity member passing

    It breaks my heart. She was a sweet and amazing young lady who dealt with all her trials and tribulations with grace and strength. No matter what happened ( and there was a lot), she shook her head, dusted herself off, and forged ahead. I will miss you, Munchkin
  8. MedicNorth

    Narcan at the EMT level.

    Narcan protocols allow our EMT-As to administer .4 mg IM or .2mg IV to a maximum total 4 doses. This is based on patients who are in severe respiratory depression (<6 ) with symptoms of opioid overdose. These are small amounts, and are highly unlikely to cause the patient to come up swinging. The research shows that this is one of the safest drugs around, even in much higher doses. I am with the pros on this - You can't fix dead.
  9. Mixed feelings, to let a long-time career go, and I am sure the field will miss you. I hope the surgery goes well, and that the day job continues to be rewarding.
  10. MedicNorth

    Start class Jan. 4th, Quick questions

    Welcome to the site. There isn't much doubt that some basic A&P knowledge will help, but in most programs the A&P classes are very basic and aimed at people with little or no previous exposure. If the school is any good the course will be sequential, with guidance from the instructors throughout. Watching one video is not going to make you an instant expert, but if you work through the class, do the reading, study in your spare time, and generally do the student process you should be able to do just fine. If you are not an auditory learner the lecture would not stick with you very well either. Many of us learn better by reading, or by writing, or by saying, or maybe by the old process of flashcards. Recruiting other members of the class to form study group is yet another effective activity. Don't start with a negative attitude. EMT-B A&P is very superficial, and in most cases just requires memorization of parts and terms. I am sure you will find methods to get the information to stick in your brain. Good luck!
  11. MedicNorth

    Branching out

    Welcome Runner!
  12. MedicNorth

    TWIAGE - new app coming

    It looks interesting, for sure. There are a few things I would like to find out first before I threw support at it, like is it hospital specific? All too often a crew will have no idea what hospital they will be routed to until they are actually ready to transport. We don't ever give patient information on the radio, we do reports on a secure recorded cell-service, but that has its weaknesses too. One of the things I like about this is the form factor - most aspects of the report are covered.
  13. MedicNorth

    Funniest EMS stories

    Hmmm - Middle of the night, cold, 2 feet of snow, called to a private residence for a "machete attack". Arrive on scene, trail of blood across the yard, up the steps, on the porch. More blood everywhere on the floor, follow the trail to the kitchen. Patient is sitting at the kitchen table, alert, holding several soaked tea towels to his head. Examination shows blood flowing freely from a 5 inch slash just above his left ear. We managed to control the bleeding quite effectively with dressings and pressure, wrapped it up. Patient was ambulatory (tough cookie!), but hallway to the door he said he needed to go to the bathroom. We protested, but he said he would refuse to come if he wasn't allowed. Bleeding was controlled, alert and oriented, why not let the guy take a leak? He wandered into the bathroom, and closed the door - not locked. Two minutes later, the toilet flushed, the door opened, and he wandered out again, bleeding like a stuck pig even worse than when we arrived! Shocked, I asked what happened. He said "It was a BIG sh*t"" Never make assumptions, people! As you may have figured, he didn't take a leak. Odds are good that your trauma patient straining to take a dump will not improve things.
  14. MedicNorth

    Old folks Still here?

  15. MedicNorth

    Old folks Still here?

    Sorry, was reading the paper. Milk and what else?