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  1. To all EMS colleagues, Need input from the ‪#‎firstresponder‬, ‪#‎fire‬ and ‪#‎EMS‬ communities for a school survey looking on how organizations may or may not use public relations. If you're interested in participating in this short, anonymous survey, please email me at richardmhuff@gmail.com and I'll be happy to send you the link. Thank you, Rich
  2. I formally introduce myself as Heather W. I have been a certified EMT-B since 2011. I do not have much out on the street experience alas I work in a local Trauma Center. The things I see rolling in on the carts are sometimes alarming but I can tell you seeing it pre hospital must be intriguing and in some ways rewarding or just heart wrenching. The Trauma Center I work for is a level 2. I hale from southern Indiana. I love my job and wouldn't have it any other way. I see sorrow, death, impending doom, intoxication, suicide. Amongst the many thing I do see on a daily basis I have to say is it is very hard sometimes to smile because in all reality we in this world do not know why others do or say things to put them in the predicaments they are in or alas just had a very unfortunate bad day. I do ay that working in a Trauma center has given me the strength and confidence to try and do my best to save those that I can and those I can't it is sometimes hard but we just have to walk away and go on with our work. I have a lot to say but then this introduction would be beyond 5 million words or so. If you care to ask me some question feel free to comment below.
  3. http://www.ems1.com/ems-advocacy/articles/52462048-Stabbed-on-duty-A-medics-lessons-learned-on-the-long-road-back/ View the full article
  4. Kmedic82

    An apology.

    I’m sorry this has happened to you today. I am sorry you feel this way. I am sorry that you were born unlucky and suffer from this illness. I am sorry that they did this to you. I am sorry your bad day had become a turning point in my career. As the compassionate face expresses concern and empathy, the same person sweating over you will be receiving a high five in the ambulance bay. Sometimes your bad day will turn around the attitude for a burned out medic. It is what makes us good at our jobs and keeps our skills sharp and passion fresh. Our passion to help people. It’s the need to be wanted, to feel valued, and to feel important that the medic prides them self on. There are some awful groups that are far too self appreciating and have yet to save a life. I like to call them the “arm chair quarterback” of the EMS trade. They have yet to feel important so they make their opinions important. I’m sorry you missed that tube but in my opinion (even though I wasn’t there and have no idea about the circumstances you were under) you should have done this… I can’t believe you didn’t already know this… These attitudes wear down the pride of importance a medic thrives on. Especially our new para-pups. The medic feels like crap. They feel like they let down not only the patient but also their crew. I’m sorry about your child’s respiratory issues. But today, when I was able to help them, they helped me out just as much. The fact that I was able to turn around their acute asthma helped me regain the confidence to continue on another shift. It helped me resettle my feelings about applying to another service. It helped me regain my passion to help the next person after you. Your bad day helped me. I’m sorry. View the full article
  5. http://www.math.nus.edu.sg/~matlmc/Allegory_cave.pdf I have read this in past for my first degree in Literature (unemployment). As future leaders in emergency services, it makes me happy to see this added to the curriculum. In a constantly developing trade, it is important to practice critical thinking in an academic sense. Plato is using this metaphor to describe how people are educated. Everyone is taught to think in a special respect based on their upbringing. As described by the shadows on the wall being played by the marionettes or instructors, this is a metaphor on what people are taught to be true. “I think I see a horse,” when in reality, the person is seeing a shadow of a horse. When the prisoner is released and views a real horse, he will have to test what he knows to be true. How does this relate to the fire service? Emergency service is a growing trade that is continuing to evolve. It is a trade that is going from the technician level to the professional and clinician level. The ways we have progressed is creating professional studies that show the world what we do is back by proven sciences. On the flip, we are a trade that has deep rooted traditions. With traditions also come attitudes that are reluctant to change. As future leaders in emergency service, we need to continue support positive change that continues to help us grow as a profession. View the full article
  6. I've been an NYC EMT a little over 3 years, a year and a half working transport @ Midwood Ambulance and a year and half working 911/Core @ NSLIJ. I did a small stint @ FDNY academy in between that time. I ended up resigning. I was just recently hired at Transcare's 911 division. my supervisor tried VAX'ing me but the FDNY denied me clearance to work for an unknown reason. Now I can't work 911 until the FDNY figures out why. It's been over 3 weeks. Has anyone been through this? And how much longer will it take for the FDNY to finally clear me? For what reasons would they deny someone clearance to work? And what exactly does VAXing someone mean?
  7. Please leave feedback on the EMS videos we've posted. Thanks. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucaCzj-nQ0M
  8. Hi, My name is Patrick and I'm a 20 year old EMT-Intermediate student here in Germany. After finishing my German Baccalaeurate (High School Diploma) this spring I'd like to attend Med. School. Due to the high entrance criteria over here I'll need to wait a couple of years in order to get in. Now I'm thinking about starting Paramedic training in the US this fall/next spring. I'm thinking of a 2+2 program which would entitle myself to work as a Paramedic after the first 2 years... 2nd half could be pre-med school curriculum. Before Med School I'd love to gain some hands on patient experience, routine and knowledge of a wide scope of practice! I was recommended to look for a county / state of education where EMS is not the stepchild of the Fire departments Due to the out-of-state tuition fee I'd like to attend community college for as long as possible! I was told to look at Wake Tech, NC: http://www.waketech.edu/programs-courses/credit/emergency-medical-science/ems-degree-program Could you: - Recommend me a community college in the US where EMS is taught similary? - Your favourite county where EMS is disconnected from Fire agencies? - Share your experience with international (German?) EMS students and their performance in EMS Degree Programs? This summer is fully booked from July 28th to November 3rd as I'm going to backpack around SE-Asia. Hence programs could start in the end of 2014. My current plan is to start the German "Rettungsassistent" (very narrow scope of practice comp. to a US-Paramedic) this November. Maybe your advice makes me change my plans! Give it a try
  9. Hello all, this is my first time here as a newly-registered member. Thank you for having me - I have so much respect for what you do. I stumbled upon this site by pure luck and am glad I did. Several years ago, I had interest in getting into EMS, but didn't really pursue it. Instead I followed a career path that I loved. Long story short, it didn't work out, and I'm in the process of leaving a job which proved to be difficult and quite unhappy. Late last year, out of the blue, I began to again feel a strong calling to EMS. Ever since that time, I have been unable to push it out of my mind. Things keep happening daily that make me think about it all of the time. I fully realize the potential risks/dangers/stresses of the job, but for me, the good far outweighs the bad. I received my Adult/Pediatric CPR/AED & First Aid certification this month, and am looking to move forward from there. I would greatly appreciate any feedback or resources anyone can offer. I am currently living and working in NYC, and am trying to find out what I can about ride along programs here in the city. Despite thorough online research, I haven't been unable to find anything. (I can understand the reasoning for keeping a ride along program under the radar from the general public.) However, I would be very interested and grateful to have the opportunity to ride along before I pursue training. Thank you again and I look forward to being a part of this community. stardust
  10. Sorry I havent posted in a while. My life has been crazxy busy.... So, I am giving a street drug lecture as a conference... as I am wont to do on occasion, and a thought occurred to me. We are seeing these "Vaping" stores, products, patients explode in numbers in this area... an exponential increase in this nich market. Even among health care providers. Now I am NOT going to speculate the pro's and con's over traditional tobacco use....But I have a question. It seems to me only a manner of time before someone puts any number of illicit adulterants in the liquid they use for this. My guess is someone, somewhere probably already has tried it. My personal bet is on opioids. But could be meth, or anything else. Has anyone actually seen this (illicit/recreational street drugs combined with Vaping) in their area?
  11. Hey y'all I'm Brittany and I just recently graduated from high school and I am going to start EMT basic classes in January! I've struggled a little with figuring out what I wanted to become and eventually realized that my heart always knew what my head didn't and that is to become a EMT paramedic! I am more excited about starting classes and becoming an EMT and then eventually a paramedic than I have been about anything in my life, every day that's goes by I get more butterflies in my stomach and I was just wondering if y'all have any advice for me about EMT basic classes??
  12. Hi Guys, Ebay has brand new empty CGA 870 D tanks for around 50 bucks shipped. I am going to buy one for my home emergency kit. ( you never know, love thy neighbor and etc ) I have an EMT-B cert. I have never filled a tank before. Where in or near New York City can I have a personal D tank filled? and how much can I expect to pay ?
  13. Hello Instructors, I hope you all are doing well. I was just wondering, how many of you would be willing to allow a 15 year old student into one of your classes, if she were to turn 16 on the third day of class. The EMS program I've been looking at writes out its curriculum, and the first two classes are really just introductions and lectures about workforce safety (nothing too crazy), so, although it isn't technically "allowed," would a 15 year old, who is five days away from her 16th birthday (the third day of class), be able to join your class? Thank you in advance. Best Regards, Victoria
  14. At my part time job teaching, Nitrous oxide is now in the AEMT scope. I know that in the 70's, 80's through the early 90's it was popular in some rural parts of the country and in the New England area but I honestly havent heard hardly anything about it in the past 20 years. I have heard its hard to even get FDA approved regulators for EMS anymore. I have two questions: 1- Does anyone out there have a NO specific skills sheet for credentialling this? 2- Is anyone planning on doing this? Is anyone currently doing this? 3- What are your lessons learned that might be useful for an educator who is unfamilier with this modality (other than personal use at the dentist). Many Thanks Steve
  15. So I have been tasked with assisting a new EMS service startup company in small metro city serving roughly 95,000. What I am looking for is input from everyone on operations, pay, dispatch, equipment as if money is no object. What we have determined thus far: 3 ambulances staffed 24/7 2 backup ambulances 3 stations (new build) with Plymovent exhaust. 3 man crew (2 EMTs/ 1 paramedic) ABC Kelly shift 1 shift supervisor (ALS Equipped vehicle) Ambulances will be a Medium Duty Freightliner chassis.(meeting the new NFPA standard) 2 backup ambulances smaller Type I/ II Supervisor vehicle: F350 4x4 Crew cab Paramedic pay starting @ $54K EMT pay $40K Paid CDL, Critical Care Paramedic, EVOC/ CEVO, AMLS and Child Safety Seat Technician training Written, practical, physical agility and DOT Medical $8,000 relocation and hiring preference to those residing in the service area. The management is looking at streamlined operations without all the brass. Their thinking is they want to get rid of the revolving door and retain employees. They want each employees involved in the decision making that takes place. Their goal is to make EMS a long term career. Uniforms are Class A which I am not a fan of but it does look professional. I guess. OK folks now it is your turn. Tell me your wish list and what would be the perfect EMS model? Equipment, lessons learned, crew make-up, shifts, pay, etc. Appreciate all responses.
  16. Does anyone have experience with this company? I know that they lost a large contract last year due to a lack of oversight: http://www.ems1.com/ems-education/articles/1099477-Maine-EMS-company-loses-contract-after-training-scandal/ But the end of the article seems optimistic. I am hoping to take my EMT course here, as it is more convenient in respect to its location (it is held on the University of New England campus in Biddeford), but do not want to compromise my education or the certification that I hope to gain from it. Thank you for your replies.
  17. Hey guys and girls I advocated and pushed for mandatory education and training for EMT in crisis intervention. I wrote a resource guide for EMS Professionals The EMS Professional Rescuers Guide to Behavioral First Aide My hopes is many EMT and EMS pros can reduce injury and risk when dealing with hostile or a patient exhibiting crisis behavior. The crisis is never about the behavior. It's available in several electronic formats. barnes and Noble Nook > ( EMS Crisis Response Team Training Guide ) Amazon Nook > ( EMS Crisi Response Team Training Guide ) And for home computer PDF format.. on Lulu.com > ( EMS Crisis Response Team Training Guide ) Please take a few moments and read the education material its a proven process that deescalates hostile patients.
  18. I'm a Medic student in Texas and have just this past week I've ran two calls in which the patient past away. These where my first experiences to death in EMS. I really thought i would be more affected by their deaths, but i havent been. Maybe becaue I didn't know them before or never even heard them speak(both were tubed and out before I even saw them). On one call the patient's family was allowed into the room while the team was performing CPR. I like the fact that the doctor let them be in the room for closure. What are some of y'all's feeling on end of life treatment and family involement?
  19. Our ambulance corp made a "Call Me Maybe" parody video. Check it Out.
  20. Hello dear U.S. friends! A member of my vollie squad will take a year at Portland university and she yesterday asked me if I know someone from Portland EMS to arrange a ride-along or at least a visit. She wants to become an english teacher, so she needs a guest year in the US and already is fluently speaking english, having relatives and some friends (though non-EMS) in Portland anyway. Start will be in summer semester 2013, so its not urgent - but I now just wanted to ask who might be from there. Looking forward to getting some emtcity contact for her, would be really cool! EDIT: grammar. Thank god I'm no english teacher.
  21. I have been in EMS for 12 years now and have finally landed a job that I love. I work in onsite construction site medicine and it's great. For years I worked private EMS on a bus and ended up hating it for a number of reasons so I quit. I have always wondered about people in other parts of the country/world who have jobs in the EMS field. What do you guys like and dislike about you job?
  22. I was lucky to have a good EMT instructor when I took my EMT-B class. He was fantastic full man with years of experience and good morals. He’s a fair, wise, knowledgeable and an all around nice guy. Yet he had a UN canny knack of teaching us the little things a text book could not possibly print. One thing he told us was that you will get to know your partners on the truck better than your best friend or even your spouse. I work with a fantastic couple of partners at the Ambulance Service, I spend more time with them then I do with my girl friend it seems. In EMS you entrust your life to your partner for the good the bad and the crazy. People outside of EMS don’t understand this for the most part sadly. You have to work as a team to get the job done during a shift and when the crap hits the fan both of you have to be cool calm and collected. However some people are better to work with then others as life goes. You and your partner have to be in perfect communication and sink. If you’re not your heading for an accident or major risk to your life. My time in the Military thought me this well however a single EMT class does not prepare a lot of EMTs for this. One day I and my partner were doing a normal transfer and it all went wrong in the blink of an eye. I won’t go into details since I don’t want to name names or the specifics for legal reasons. The root cause of the problem was mistrust and lack of communication. Needless to say we had a major incident where my partner broke down in a very bad way that adversely affected the health and welfare of a patient and betrayed my trust. In an instant I found the training I received in my EMT class kick in like clockwork or a backup generator. Just like that I did a full head to toe trauma assessment and I was solely caring for this patient. The reason only I was caring for this patient was because I had to send my partner back to the truck to calm down and regroup since said partner was lost. In the end the patient was cared for and taken care of in a professional way. After the call and the mountain of paper work a something like this generates I sat down with my partner and talked about what went wrong. Sadly my partner was blaming the whole things on me and claimed outlandish things about me during the call to supervision. I maintained the truth and was 100 percent honest about what happened. This served me well with my co workers and supervisors in the after math and subsequent investigation. I never thought I would have a partner betray the fundamental trust we as EMS professionals have in each other. It’s a sad day when your partner who has more experience then you as an EMT lets you down in a major way. This bothered me in a major way for a long time after this call, my partner was openly joking about the call to people and was seemingly happy about what happened with made me even more UN happy. I am just glad I had the proper training and skill to provide outstanding patient care in times of extreme duress. I also learned a valuable lesson of how to properly communicate with my partner to make sure were 100 percent on the same page before, during and after any call. It’s so easy to rush and muddle though a call and just get it done but it does not always do good things for your patient. In the end my experience and EMT training served me well. It’s impressive during times of extreme duress when your training kicks in like a machine. For that I have my EMT instructor to thank many times over without you I would not be the fine EMT I am today.
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