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  1. 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
  2. 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?
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
  6. Branching out

    Welcome Runner!
  7. 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.
  8. Old folks Still here?

  9. Old folks Still here?

    Sorry, was reading the paper. Milk and what else?
  10. Old folks Still here?

    There is no plausible deniability when it comes to wives!
  11. Old folks Still here?

    Selective hearing has its great points
  12. Old folks Still here?

    Welcome, Dawg! Welcome to the place. Check out the forums, ask questions, and get involved!
  13. Old folks Still here?

    Haha, and you say we don't listen!
  14. Old folks Still here?

    Well, we hit 6, which is an improvement. Going for 8 tomorrow night!
  15. newby

    Welcome. Feel free to browse, ask questions, and mostly POST! New ideas and perspectives are always nice