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About ncmedic309

  • Birthday 06/05/1980

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  1. We get our share of rain, not like you guys out west though. We don't see much winter weather - a snow storm with 2" of the white stuff is a major event - it usually shuts down all the schools and sends everyone into a state of panic. They do event coverage as well, just depends on the venue. The OT as of late had dwindled due to budget cuts but here lately it has returned to normal meaning there is plenty of it to go around, especially for the parmedics. The mangement is better than it has been, but could still be better. I'll just leave it at that...
  2. In regards to the state, I'm born and raised and lived here all my life. It's a great place to live but obviously I'm biased. I've got the mountains a couple hours to my west and the beach a few hours to my east. There's plenty to get into and lots of great places to live in and around Charlotte. It's typically hot and humid in the summer and cool and dry in the winters. We usually don't get much more in between, it's either one or the other and here lately is seems like we skip spring and fall all together. I can probably go on and on but if you want any specifics just ask and I'll see if I c
  3. I initially thought it was BS that an incident was "staged" to catch somebody in the act but it would appear that this staging was not just a random occurence but part of a lengthy investigation on the EMT from previous complaints and suspicions. There isn't any room in this profession for these kind of people, we need them out and dealt with appropriately. I'm glad that they nabbed this guy before he got any further than he did. It would also seem that he was working with someone in the act, I'm wondering how things are going to turn out for this unnamed person?
  4. I might be straying a little off topic here with this rant, but I believe it's related to the topic nonetheless... I don't feel that they should be completely seperate, but they should be organized within divisions in any EMS department that provides 911 services. You should have at least two seperate divisions, one that does strictly 911 and the other that does NET. It's fine with me for the crews that work one to work the other and vice versa, but we shouldn't be putting 911 trucks on non-emergent transfers. Our 911 systems are already overwhelmed these days and some areas struggle to get
  5. I would really like to take the information we have now and compare it with the PCR from this incident. It seems that the biggest issue here is turning towards false and/or inaccurate documentation. It sounds like the decision was made to not attempt resusciation based on the finding that the patient was obviously deceased. I'm completely fine with that in pediatric patients but unless it's been declared a crime scene, it's usually best to at least transport the patient. I agree that we shouldn't be transporting dead bodies to the hospital, but in the case of a young child the circumstances ar
  6. I've already READ the entire thread, we've already discussed this, I'm not going back to it AGAIN... How much do you want to bet? I'm game, you name the amount. It's my call on whether or not the arrest gets worked, regardless if it's medical or trauma. I'll throw this at you though, let's change the scenario - MEDICAL ARREST with you name the rhythm. The only thing I have to do if I decide to work it is perform ACLS measures for 20 minutes and with no ROSC and low EtCO2 readings the game is over. In that time frame, they've got an airway, vascular access and at least two rounds of ACL
  7. What outcome are you expecting with this intervention? If the patient has suffered a VFIB arrest secondary to a traumatic event, do you really expect to get ROSC after defibrillation. If the arrest is secondary to trauma, it's not cardiac in nature. We can't fix that with electricity, we can't fix that with ACLS medicatioins - there is no point in performing these useless interventions, it's been proven time and time again. It's likely that we can get a change in rhythm, likely PEA or asystole after defibrillation, but then what? There's nothing criminal about it, it's based on factual medicin
  8. I just had the opportunity to watch the "dash-cam" footage. That officer was driving excessively fast and came up on that unit real quick. I don't know how that car in front of the unit could have heard the siren at that quick of an approach. I would assume he must have seen the trooper approaching in his rear-view mirror, something the operator of the ambulance couldn't have seen. The video definitely doesn't help the trooper any, it still shows him being way out of line and initiating the assault. I never saw the paramedic make an aggressive move towards the trooper until after he was assaul
  9. I also agree, it looks like a poor attempt to justify their inappropriate actions, just trying to cover their asses - I call BULLSHIT! I also wanted to comment on another situation being discussed in this thread, about the possible abandonment of the patient when the provider left the back of the ambulance. Does this really constitute abandonment? I know we've had similar discussions in previous threads but I don't feel that stepping out of the rig for a couple minutes is abandonment. I agree that we should make every attempt to reduce the amount of time, if any that the patient is without
  10. I understand your perspective on the situation and your right - we shouldn't be so quick to call for their heads based on an article from the media. I'm not attempting to judge the individual provider in this case, just the situation in a whole. It's obvious that somebody dropped the ball and somebody has to claim responsibility for it. I agree that the article is vague in nature, but it almost speaks for itself in this situation. It makes clear the biggest issue - the fact that somebody declared this patient dead and left them on scene for at least an hour without any care before somebody els
  11. I'm not assuming anything - they obviously wouldn't have declared this patient dead had they done a thorough assessment. The ME on scene detected signs of life and I highly doubt he used a monitor or any other tool besides his own common sense. It's highly unlikely that the patient was ever pulseless or apneic. The article states that he was in the vehicle for at least an hour before it was realized that he was still alive and also that the accident occured over the weekend and he later died on a late Tuesday evening. This paints the picture to me that they had an obviously viable patient - ju
  12. If they had performed an adequate assessment on the patient, even during triage - they would have realized that this patient was an immediate priority and should have likely went before any of the others - providing care wasn't delayed by extrication. But even then, as soon as the patient is free, he's high-priority and off the scene. He definitely wouldn't have been last, not until he's really, truly, no doubt about it - DEAD!
  13. I carefully read that statement and then looked at the entire situation again - it actually made sense and played out well with the video that we have all watched. I know statements can be altered to achieve a different outcome, but in this case it looks like the officer was well in the wrong. I hope the medic is successful with the assault charges and I hope that the officer in question loses his job. He deserves to be terminated at the least.
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