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  1. What does it come down to then? Mental disorders are only then a problem when they start affecting your ability to 'function' in everyday life. Functioning as a paramedic is a part of that. In what ways do you think OCD could affect that ability? If it affects Seth's coping mechanisms, that can be dealt with before it affects patient care. On the other hand if he is not going to be able to make appropriate decicions on a run due to OCD, that is going to harm his patients. And that's exactly what mustn't happen (and probably won't, from what I understand). Would you mind revealing your point of
  2. Essentially, that's what it comes down to.
  3. Are all of you mad? EMS is the best job I could imagine, well it's definitely up there... Don't tell me you think differently. Yes, occasionally you may want to run away, but then again working in accounting would want to make me run away - every day Seth, give it a try, if you fuck up... You're still young, you'll find something else. Never regret what you did, regret what you didn't do (can't remember who said that). Excuse my French
  4. There are currently two studies being conducted in Germany, the first one started a few years ago, basically a truck with a CT scanner in it without the ability to transport patients (Homburg). http://www.thelancet.com/journals/laneur/article/PIIS1474-4422%2812%2970057-1/abstract The other one in Berlin with an ambulance eqipped with a CT scanner http://www.berliner-feuerwehr.de/2505.html?&L=1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ou9xr8CRnrw They've been doing fairly well, although I would imagine they come with a huge pricetag. A neurologist, a radiology assistant and two paramedic
  5. I'd actually be more interested in hearing something about admission for medicine. Is it common to do one of the preparatory courses as it would be for other studies? Is it true that everyone with Bac S (?) gets a spot and filtering is done during the first year? Do you know anything about a programme in English? I'm also thinking about joining the military, even though I have already refused military service (conscription still in place here, well not anymore but 3 years ago...) Good luck Ja, I know a few dutch girls too, congratulations I'm guessing you worked in EMS before, (in
  6. Hi Carl, you work in the Netherlands? How come (assuming you're Welsh)? Where do you work? I've heard good things about your system and thought about relocating either for EMS or Med School, Groningen actually has an English BA-program (medicine). But then again I'm not much of a nurse (especially considering 5 years of training required) and Holland is not really my favourite country. Maybe Switzerland, I'll have to see.
  7. Thank you for clarifying. So what's your 'civilian' job? Actually is it possible that a nurse 'replaces' the physician in French EMS? Seem to remember that the fire department does that sometimes...
  8. If it was closed, a BVM (or any other supraglottic airway) wouldn't do much good I guess... only once had to wait for inspiration to slip the tube in, that was on the street though (and rather due to the vocal cords being 'closed'). I did some research, interesting question really. I just tried it with a bottle of water, if you seal the bottle-opening with your lips and swallow while compressing the bottle all you do is blow out your cheeks. Whereas doing the same thing while relaxing you can actually inflate the lung... Looks interesting too...
  9. Sorry to disappoint you mate but most had received at least 1mg of Remifentanil (syringe driver obviously still running), 1.5-2mg (per kg) of Propfol, and about .5 (per kg) of Rocuronium (and a lot of oxygen ) ... You can consider them apnoeic. No visual guidance. As I said, I was shocked. It works though. I usually visualized the vocal cords while intubating nasally, simply to get the hang of that. I very rarely had to touch the Magill foreceps, normally the tube slips in easily. I still remember my very first attempt, got the tube in but broke the cuff. That never happened again.
  10. Bonjour Secouriste, I thought you could help me with this... I stumbled across a documentary about SAMU de Paris, really interesting and well made (even for me with the petit peu of French that I speak). The question I've got is, what's happening from about minute 8:40 onwards. What I understand is the medecin gets 'shocked' while performing chest compressions. Yet the defibrillator (looks like an LP 15 or something, are you familiar with it?) hasn't released a shock, the patient's heart converts into a sinus rhythym or at least some sort of circulation returns. Is that correct? Seems like
  11. While certainly not best, 'blind' nasal intubation still remains common practice. I've done one of my clinical rotations in the anaesthesia department of a maxillo-facial surgery unit where most ETIs were done nasally. I was shocked (on my first day) to see the senior anaesthetist simply 'shove' the tube down the patients nose without even touching the laryngoscope (and stethoscope for that matter). Still, I haven't seen any of his intubation attempts fail... Some of the other consultants used the same technique. Trick is not to tilt the head backwards, basically get it into a Jackson kind of
  12. What do you need the chase car for then? Sound like you need a BLS-ambulance and an ALS one. What do you mean by ALS-interfacility? Anything near critical care? How about something like this http://www.ambulanzmobile.eu/brand/en/latest-items/models/emergency-ambulances/otaris.html and this as chase car
  13. Does anyone have access to the whole study, since it's hard to judge a study simply by the abstract. Do we know anything about their approach, say: if BVM fails --> supraglottic airway, if that fails --> ETI... which would explain the results. Assuming ETI is as good as BVM in delivering oxygen to the patient, why would there be a difference in outcome? Do we know enough about the (patho-)physiology? All we are doing is guessing. Interestingly survival with good neurological outcome is as low as 2.9% in this study. Whereas in other systems it's as high as 10%...
  14. Tell me and I will forget is a good one, I've recently stumbled upon one about a hospital in Southern Johannesburg (serving a population of 2-3 million!) called Saving Soweto. There is another one about London's HEMS. The best ones are porbably Australian A few military ones There are a few French, German, Swiss and Austrian ones but you probably won't find them with subtitles. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFpnYth9mA0 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXtIikh5Lvc http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMcGkBXoLvk
  15. I actually considered studying in Estonia, to be honest I still do... To answer your question: 1. BLS-Ambulance (patient transport, sometimes used as first responder on emergency calls): EMT-B (2 months training) + EMT-I (4 months) ALS-Ambulance (responds to 911-calls): EMT-I + Paramedic (2-3 years) physician's chase car (responds to critically ill, severly injured patients): Paramedic (additional training concerning mass casualty incidents) + physician MICU (critical care, interfacility transport): Paramedic + Critical Care Paramedic + Physician (consultant, experienced
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