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  1. I'm a paramedic FTO and preceptor, I wrote this ebook and have been given out to my interns and new hires for the past year with great success they learnt the ebook like the back their hand and become great medics. If you want something that might assist you be a better, quicker and more efficient paramedic check this out. Spread the word! https://bit.ly/29Em0cv - Link modified so that a portion of the money spent on the book will benifit EMT City. - Admin
  2. RinaB

    Coming to England

    Hey, I wanted to know, if I get qualified as a Paramedic in Israel, if I came back to England would there be a way to just take an exam and be qualified here or would I have to take the entire course again?
  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. Newbie here and new Paramedic grad. Passed boards and applying for jobs, but having a tough time. Have a BS in Bio and EMT-B but no experience as EMT-B or as a Paramedic. Applying for every job where no exp. is required; including all surrounding areas, but can't even get an interview. Any suggestions/ideas? Anyone from the Charlotte area that may have some connections? Am willing to start at the bottom, work any shift. Need to pay bills. TIA
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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?
  8. Hello All, I am currently studying Paramedic Science at Northampton University in the UK and I am very curious about the following matter: It is my ambition to become a paramedic BUT it is an even larger ambition for me to move to America to become a paramedic! I would like to move to Chicago as soon as I graduate and get a job at a busy firehouse! I have also spoken to my family about this and they are going to support me the whole way! My point being that will I have to move to America and undertake the different classes that USA born paramedics have to do (IV Line, EKG's etc.)? I also have an idea to become an NHS paramedic and get some experience first? Thanks In Advance ?
  9. Hey everyone! Glad I found you all, from what I've gathered from some brief browsing, this seems like a good place to get advice on the world of EMS! So, I'd thought I'd just directly ask this community some on my questions, as I'm a little on the fence about pursuing EMT and Paramedic Should I become an EMS student and eventually an EMT? Also, will my age hinder me greatly? What are the challenges of studying to be an EMT that I should be aware of? If you're concerned about the emotional and mental strain of the job, but know it is a challenge you want to try and overcome, should you think twice? Sorry for all the big questions, any answers or advice you could give me would really be appreciated! Thanks in advance!
  10. I'm going to be signing up for the NREMT paramedic exam soon and I was wondering, what are some good studyguides/websites to use to help prepare me? Thanks
  11. Please leave feedback on the EMS videos we've posted. Thanks. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucaCzj-nQ0M
  12. 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
  13. 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?
  14. Hello everyone, I'm interested in becoming a paramedic and don't really know the ropes of the field. I love to learn and would want to learn as much as possible in this field to become the best paramedic I can be.
  15. My agency is seeking to improve the rescitation performance in the field, and we are generally dissasitified with the standard merit badge courses. How many of you provider either: 1- An in house alternative to ACLS or PALS/PEPP or; facilitate higher performance in resuscitation Or; 2- An in house supplement to ACLS or PALS/PEPP to facilitate higher performance in resuscitation If so, could you relate any specifics (on list or off) as far as course length and content? Also , if you are a NREMT state, what do you do about NREMT recertification. For the record, we are NOT looking at ACLS-EP. While this concept showed promise, it is logistically prohibitive to put the course on here or to train a cadre of in house instructors to the ACLS-EP level. its not from lack of trying, but rather logistical hurdles put up by the AHA. -Steve
  16. In 5 short months I will be sitting in my first Paramedic class at our local Community College. One of the best programs in the area honestly, and they are developing a hell of a reputation for themselves locally. I have been an EMT for a year or so now, enabling me to have run enough CIty-ALS time to work with a medic quite a bit, run some decent calls, and learn a few things. Yet I have not been on the truck long enough to obtain bad habits. I'm one for preparation. So my question for you so far, is what can I do to prepare? My EMT-B book explains the processess of ALS Assist with tubes, monitor's and lines, and the A&P of all that, and I have been going through that lightly, but its only 1 single small chapter in the back of the book. So I'm on the quest for a A&P book. Any ideas? Any suggestions? Maybe I'm looking at this wrong? Once Medic told me I should start learning my drugs, its a BIG thing I can know before school starts its one less thing I have to learn... I'd rather refresh then learn, but I know if I Learn wrong now, that refresh is going to be a re-learn, which is twice as hard as learning it the first time. Thank You
  17. Hi Everyone, I really wanted to get this out, but I wasn't sure where to post this. I'm new (but only posting once). I'm currently in high school and I've been having a lot of uncontrollable seizures which have required medical attention at least 8 times, so as you can imagine, I've met a lot of paramedics/emts/firefighters. I just wanted to thank all the EMTs, paramedics, and firefighters who devote their lives to helping others. I'm sorry that you guys don't get as much appreciation as you deserve. But, I'm so grateful for the paramedics who once saved my life, and for everyone else too (even those i haven't met). I wanted to let you know that as a result of all the amazing first responders, I'm inspired to be at least an EMT (and maybe eventually a paramedic or doctor) but I've got to finish high school first. Anyways, you all are amazing and cool people! I wish you all the best in life, and keep doing the awesome things you do. Don't lose hope when people aren't thankful, because you can be rest assured there is someone out there like me who appreciates everything you do and can't wait until they are old enough (21) to be an EMT. Sorry for the long post, and I hope this put a smile on your faces!
  18. CoffeeBot

    A little lost

    Hi! I'm new to the site so this is really exciting I finished up my EMT basic class in December 2012 and was NREMT certified in January. I'm debating whether or not to go straight into a paramedic program or try to get a job as an EMT first. I live in Washington so what do I need to do for either? Advice and suggestions greatly appreciated
  19. Hi! People from different countries please write about ambulance service in your countries. 1. who works in ambulance? (paramedic teams?, phisician teams? Nurses? nurse=paramedic?) 2. What drugs do you have and which drugs you can use without a doctor (especially write about sedative/anestetics, muscle relaxants,....)? 3. Are there any drugs that you can administer only after "call" to a doctor? 4. Which procedures can you do without doctor (intubation, cardioversion,...)? 5. EM studies - paramedic studies (years?), team leader-ambulance nurses (EM?/anestesia? specialisation?), phisician (specialisation?) -- I write example about EM in my country - Estonia, European Union. 1. We have 3 kinds of teams: nurse-teams ~65% (nurse+nurse+technician), phisician teams (doctor+nurse+technician), intensive care team/reanimobile (EM doctor or anestesiologist+nurse+technician) 2. Mostly all teams have the same drugs. (injections, tablets...) Inj.: Adrenaline, Dopamine, Noradernaline, Phenylephrine, Diazepam, Midazolam, Propofol, Sodium Oxybutyrate (anesthetic), relaxants (optional), Fentanyl (optional, some teams have in the north, and intensives), Morphine, Pethidine, Tramadol; Diclofenac/Ketoprofen, drotaverine, Metoclopramide, Clemastin, Prednisolon, Dexa., Salbutamol (inhal, inj.), Aminophylline, Metoprolol, Digoxin, Verapamil, Adenosine, Amiodarone, Propafenon, Enalapril, clonidin, Nitroglycerine, phenytoin etc.... 3. Usually relaxants for intubation are not used by nurses, some nurses or phisicians use propofol. In some regions it is possible to call to intensive care team - they come and help to stabilise patient. 4. Mostly all teams can do most of procedures - cardioversion with sedation, in CRP - intubation or LT-tube, live patient airway control with LT or intubation (with sedation or anesthesia). And usually we treat at homes (also nurse teams) - Atrial fibrillations, high BP-s, simple abdominal pains, we assess ECG and put diagnoses - if needed hospitalise. 5. to be team leader nurse must to pass EM exam or to study 1,5 years in EM and intensive care specialisation cource and get intensive care nurse specialisation. Doctor - it can be doc. with different or without specialisations. Thanks!!
  20. I'm a clinical practitioner on contract based in Asia (where I have been for over a decade). I contacted Paramedics Australia around the time there was discussion about changing the name from Australian College of Ambulance Professionals (ACAP) about joining/membership. I felt that the site and what it offers members is appealing. The submission of the completed application form results in a determination by Paramedics Australia as to the type of membership and consequently the fees attached to that level of membership. As required on the application form I listed my university qualifications/degrees (more than four) but excluded any not gained through the tertiary sector which are quite numerous, and was subsequently informed that I certainly qualified as a full member (though I cannot at the moment recall what level of membership), in which case the membership fees were some AU$300+ annually. That came as a complete shock, and I was somewhat flabbergasted given that I am not employed in OZ and therefore don't practice there (though this may change). This resulted in me not joining as I appreciated that for the fees asked for there was not a lot of value in return, which is a shame really. If membership also was part of registration much like it is with a regulatory body for nursing and medicine via AHPRA and the relevant boards, I could understand the fees but this is not the case. I feel that Paramedics Australia need to clearly disclose the fees and alongside the types of memberships available for which the applicant chooses. I am a member with multiple allied health organisations/associations including NZ Ambulance Association which charges far less in fees.
  21. I already have my EMT-B. I am planning on attending my local school in Southern PA as soon as I get back from my Family. I am 20 years old, will be 21 in July. I would like some advice on the field. The Do's/Dont's or things I should keep up on so that way, when I finish school I wont have too much trouble finding a spot with a company.
  22. Hello, I am looking for a Paramedic Preceptor, preferably in the Northern CA area. Can be with an ambulance or fire dept. I graduated from NCTI last May and completed my Clinicals at St. Josephs Hospital in Stockton this last august. I have still not been placed by my program due to the overwhelming amount of students compared to the amount of preceptors available through the school. I live in Modesto and currently work full time as a Fire Engineer. I have ALS and BLS ambulance experience of about 1.5 years. I am really eager to get going on this so if you are a preceptor or know of one, id appreciate the information being passed on. I am willing to commute pretty far at this point, probably up to 2 hrs one way. I am also willing to work with a preceptor on overtime shifts etc. to get my hours and experience in. Thanks in advance, Chris
  23. chappy

    Final Exam...

    Well, this is it. We have completed our final skills exam and tomorrow is the final exam for my Paramedic Class. We started one year ago, with 39 people in our class. Since then, we have had all of our class time, in class skill training, 500 hours of clinical time, tears, debates, hypertensive crises, laughter, fun, frustration, testing, (ugh) mega-codes and merit badges. Now, we have 14 people taking their final exam. Please pray for us. If you have any advice, I'll be here at the computer studying.
  24. Hello everyone, I'm working on a project to equip my service with emergency response bikes. We cover a lot of "moving events" during which we need to send EMTs very quickly through a dense crowd. We also cover a wide variety of events where we would need vehicles smaller than cars or trucks, yet providing a better response range than a walking response team. In that regard, I'm looking for bike equipments: bags, lights/siren and bike marking. A pair of bikes should board first aid equipments as well as basic vital parameter apparatus, and a 3l bottle of oxygen with BVA and masks. The idea would be to find something like the UK EMT bikes with bags on the rear and by the front wheel. Of course I'd like bags and bike to be the color of my service, as it seems they got some custom ones: Funfact: One of our districts chose the "Segway" solution which ends up pretty nice for public relations and quick response, but they're too expensive, heavy, and require some training. Enjoy:
  25. Hello.. I'm currently an Illinois state licensed paramedic. I took my classes through St. Anthony Medical Center OSF in Rockford, IL. I am looking for an associates in applied sciences and was told a few colleges will accept the course that I took through St. Anthony Medical Center OSF, awarding credits towards an associates degree. I was told that after the college reviews the course and determines what about of credits would be awarded, that I would be required to "buy in" the credits towards the associates degree. Please advise me further if there is any colleges that can do this in order for me to obtain an associates. Thank you,
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