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  1. Sometimes your the bug, Sometimes your the windshield = Sometimes your the bird, Sometimes your the windscreen :)

    Wish I had flying stories ( I hate flying). All I have is two heli rides. One for the daughter of a man who drowned at one of the fishing lodges. We brought her back to be checked at the hospital. She held my hand all the way, at the end she said thank-you, but I was the thankful one who had someone holding my hand all the way home :) I guess sometimes the roles can be reversed in some cases.

    But then, I did get the medevac lear jet to an ambulance meeting. Long story short, my piss pot plane to the mainland cancelled do to weather, medevac jet comes to get patient, patient to heavy to go on jet, jet is going to where I needed to be and waalaa I made it to the meeting, the others had envy in their eyes:) I will admit the lear jet is the way to fly.

  2. Setting aside economics for a moment I want to ask why volunteer?Please don't say, "Because I want to give back to my community". You can do that picking up trash, serving meals at the soup kitchen, putting time in with Meals on Wheels, be a Big Brother/Big Sister volunteer and more.Why do people so insist on volunteer EMS?

    Plain and simple answer because that's all there is, and to tell you the truth, there are a lot of grateful they are there.

  3. Im with Ugly and not going to comment on the Volley vrs Paid, it just an argument that is not going to go away.

    Here is my analysis on the financial side of running a station. The wages I am going to use are an average and probably low and as a full time station. Now being a bean counter I hope this makes sense.

    The population I'm using is of my community is approx. 1500.00 and I will use the amount of calls my station had last year which is 299. All the calculations will be for a 12 month period and for one car.

    2 crew per shift x 2 shifts (one 24 hr period) 960.00 per day x 365 days = Annual amount of $350,400.00

    1 unit chief lets say 25 per hour as a part timer 26,000.00

    Benefits employers expense lets say approx. 30% (EI, CCP, Medical Pension) 112,920.00

    Facility rental ambulance station 14,400.00

    Insurance both station and Ambulance 3,000.00

    Medical supplies and other supplies 7,200.00

    Fuel (Remember Im comparing my Station and we have short runs) 1,500.00

    For an annual total (estimated) of $ 501,020.00

    I had 299 calls in my station last year which means the cost per patient is: $1,675.65

    So my question is can a community sustain half a million through taxes or should patients have to pay this. I have left out a lot of things I'm sure, but everyone gets the idea, not every community can sustain a full time station and have to rely on Volley's. It may not be a perfect system but it is an affordable one. Just my 3 cents worth.

  4. I have thought long and hard on the topic. First of all there are idiots on both sides of the fence in this profession, and to tell you the truth at some point and time you are the idiot regardless of what side your on, and regardless of the mistake you may have made.

    It would be nice in a perfect word to have an ambulance attend to you within minutes but that is never the case anywhere. The problem I would like to focus on is the financial one. We need to think about the following (I will speak in Canadian)

    1. Which system works better, Provincial or Private.

  5. And yes I have used this on the scene to someone that refused transport but did meet criteria through mechanism of injury (only works with men). "If you have injured your spinal cord at all and it is not taken care of you may never have a natural erection again" Works every time :)

    As for the actual post. It is hard to make a good choice just by a forum and not being at the scene. I always encourage my pts to go get checked out, as we do not have x-ray vision to see any injuries. I think in order to answer do we know the outcome. Were there any injuries in the patient?

  6. Good on you, Bushman!

    Glad to hear you're still a dezinen of the alive and kicking.

    Congrats on your selection.....no go forth and give the instructors hell (it's a blast when you can challenge them from an intellectual position)!

    how come you don't talk to us much anymore...........to much kareokee

  7. An interesting call uglyEMT, and a good catch. My most unusual symptom for an MI patient was repeated and frequent belching. He had no discomfort as all, but every few seconds he'd let out a small hiccup/belch. I have an idea as to the cause, but I suppose that should be a discussion for a different thread.

    I would like to point out two things, ugly you did what was important for you and your family and even though it can be precived as quitting I personally admire you making the right decision.

    The burping and cardiac, I had heard this before, brought in a guy, told the nurse his symptoms and mentioned I had heard about the conection to cardiac. They ignored me and ten mins after I left he had a massive mi. In telling this story to my boss one day it saved her life. She had remembered this story one evening as she was what she caled a different kind of burping, went to the hospital in time for them to catch her having a heart attack and she is still here today. My point being is that here we all learn from others and that is is one reason I come to this site, to learn from everyone.

  8. Well as nobal as resigning for pt. care is ugly its to bad you didn't ride it out a bit longer. You got the promotion for a reason and if others couldnt be adults then that is their problem. I am a unit chief and even though I have a great crew if they chose to decline in their pt. care it is their license that is in jepardy not mine. Glad to see you back and remember you have the support of good people here. =)

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