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  1. Having started the optional pre-course classes and seminars for paramedic school, I can now officially, after two years of basically holding the "Paramedics save lives and Basics save Paramedics" view of the world, I now stand here with my hat in my hand. I can now officially state that I am in the place of knowing what I do not know and lord oh, lord is there a lot of it and honestly it started with the extreme number of ways that a good, patent vein could be screwed up by an incompetent with a needle when time is of the essence and there is a shortage of all around skill and training in the
  2. But...to add yet another wrench to the works, the National Standard curriculum of the DOT/NHTSA still uses EMT-Basic, EMT-Intermediate and EMT-Paramedic and EMT-Paramedic is what we use hear in IL an according to my friends and the IDPH, a lot of agencies are soon going to have to change their patches and emblems to reflect that they are all EMTs and then also reflect what "level" of EMT the responder is. Except of course for the MFR, who is, of course, at least in IL, not an EMT at all according to the law.
  3. Not to mention that I know a certain EMT from the Pacific Northwest who used to frequent this forum and perhaps still does under yet another alias, that never got past Basic and even that licensure was dubious at best who always called himself a "medic" and when he got called on it said "the public doesnt know the difference anyway and thats what they call us all."
  4. This dry-drowning business is something that I had not heard of until recently. In EMT school, I was taught about drowning and near drowning...that is to say death from drowning and death from near drowning with death from drowning being immediate and death from near drowning being a death from complications secondary to the inhalation of water and occurring 24 to 48 hours after the actual event. When I spoke about this with a medical examiner friend, she stated that they will list manner and cause of death variously for water related deaths. It can be listed as "Manner: Accidental---Cause:Dr
  5. Almost impossible since they generally want you to be a SWAT member first, which involves becoming a LEO on a department with a team. For most of us, tac-med courses are an expensive waste of time and there are lots of better ways to spend your EMS educations dollars, though few are as fun. I took a tac-med course knowing I would probably NEVEr use it in the field, but I learned stuff I can use and it was a good time. Plus now I am also proficient with a Mossberg 870, MP-5, MP-4, and Beretta 9mm as well as various chemical, contact and "distraction" less lethals.
  6. That's because if you actually did research other than a 3 minute wiki quote, you would know that the bail bond system as well as bail enforcement agents have long been stricken from the books in IL. We dont use them here which is why there are no requirements since neither can operate within the state. A bail agent, while he may cross state lines to apprehend a skip, may not enter a state for the purposes of a fugitive recovery which does not have an operating bail bond system or allow the use of bail recovery agents or "bounty hunters" to recover those who skip bail.
  7. Here in IL, if a person is refusing care but will not sign the refusal, the signatures of the medical responder and a LEO are considered sufficient along with an explanation of same in the run report.
  8. Except for the fact that bail agents have (in most states where they are legally allowed to operate)the right to "break and enter" a residence in which they have a reasonable belief that their skip is residing. In laymen's terms, they can kick down a door and turn the place upside down to find their skip. You or I do that and we will find ourselves on the receiving end of multiple felony counts including home invasion. Also, bail agents are not bound by the same laws as law enforcement officers so comparing the two is apples and oranges. In many states, LEOs must take a defendant to ED if t
  9. Actually, they do affect a lawful arrest (assuming they follow the rules) since they are apprehending people on surety warrants which either automatically issue when the person fails to appear in court or are issued by a judge in the form of a bail revocation/bench warrant. And no. They are not bound by HIPAA since they are not health care professionals.
  10. I am a huge Bates fan. I wear them all the time even when not working. I wear their 6", side zip with velcro to cover the zipper so it doesnt wear out the legs of my pants or get caught up on stuff. I've had the pair that I am wearing now for two years, they are amazingly water proof (working in the recently Mississippi flooding proved that) and have good BBP protection. Also, in two years of wearing them on almost every surface imaginable, the sole is just starting to show wear.
  11. Peg- thanks for the kind words and best wishes right back at ya. We will have to stay in touch for periodic sanity checks. Like you, I also like the long programs. I think the boot camp styles should not be accredited in anyway as I have worked with some of the medics they produce and most of them can barely start a hydration line. Unlike some other aspects of life, faster does not mean better.
  12. I was interested in this method of taking pressures and checked it with my ER doc friend. He is of the opinion that taking pressures on both arms simultaneously will throw off your readings and make them inaccurate. He also states that in his experience and due to anatomical variations (IE location of heart, etc) that left and right side BP readings will generally differ by about 10 points in the systolic. Also, in school, I have taken BPs over shirts, on bare arms and on the wrist and gotten the same readings and if there is one thing that I absolutely know that I took away from EMT school
  13. One of our local private agencies actually carries one of those things that usually say "CAUTION WET FLOOR" on them except it has the SOL on it and says "EMS CREW INSIDE---DO NOT MOVE" and its weighted heavily enough to hold open most doors. I also know of a particular crew that experienced exactly the scenario you are describing (minus the EDP) and they ended up having a state trooper force entry back into the building by breaking out the windows next to the door with his baton. One of the many reasons I prefer external walkway to internal egress hallway buildings.
  14. Well...now I've gone and done it! I have finally taken COMPLETE leave of my senses and will start the 18 month paramedic school process the 2nd week of September. No... I don't know what moved me to such insanity either. Maybe I just decided that since I like to make snarky comments anyway, I may as well go ahead and become a paragod so that occassionally someone will agree with me. Wish me luck, send me your crib sheets and light a candle for my soul, if thats the way you roll. PS- I haven't been around for a very long time because my quality made Dell Inspiron 1100 overheated to t
  15. Nice, comprehensive list. I'd read some things about Illinois also having the EMT-Coal Mine certification and even seen some sources that say we do have it, but the Illinois Dept of Public Health seems not to have heard of it. Of course, no matter what one asks the IDPH EMS Division, they refer you to the EMS Region you live in and here in IL my Region is run by one person whose qualification for the job of Regional EMS co-ordinator seems to be the ability to kiss the right butt. And we all know that state jobs are virtually impossible to lose...as an example, visit your local DMV
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