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Found 32 results

  1. Jeremy M

    NREMT Test

    This post is for all of your potential EMT's PAramedic's who are discouraged because you have taken the test and didn't make it. I have been an Iowa Paramedic for 10 years, outside the state of Iowa I am an I-99. I have taken the NREMT Paramedic test 13 times total. I was to the point of that if I didn't pass before 3/31/18 I would lose my paramedic and go down to an AEMT losing half of my skills. I had tried everything you can think of I used Medic skills, EMT test prep, bought practice books for the test. Bought a book from the school that I got my BS degree in that was for the NREMT. My next to the last attempt was in Jan and failed. I studied contact Distance CME to enroll in their NREMT test prep program. I then scheduled the test for this past weekend. I tested on Sat. 17th. I didn't realize that I was testing on a holiday weekend so I was resigned to the long wait of waiting till Tuesday morning. I went I tested was cut off at around 80-85 questions just over an hour into the test. I was unsure how I felt coming out of the test but I felt pretty good going as the Distance CME class prepared me for the exam, During the exam, I felt like I had seen the questions before and I was pretty confident on the answers for the most part. I just out of curiosity checked the results yesterday morning. I was surprised to see that the results said exam scored. So the panic of the previous attempts had started to creep in again. I clicked on the results and to my surprise and relief, I passed. I wrote this to tell all of you that there is hope no matter how many attempts you have tried. I would highly recommend the Distance CME NREMT test prep program they have EMT and Paramedic level programs. I can now rest a little easier knowing that I have taken and passed the exam. Although I am not NREMT P I am a PM instead of a IA-P.
  2. Hey there,I've recently been looking into becoming an EMT(PCP) in Alberta, Canada. Only thing is I took chemistry all through high school, last time I was studying the human body was in grade 9 honours science, I'm 19 now turning 20 in June of 2018, is it worth it for me to take general biology and upgrade at my local college or just take the EMR course and hope they teach me enough before I have to do EMT training? Also is it worth it for me to work as an EMR(the 120 hour training one here) on the rigs before becoming an EMT? There's tons of entry level EMR jobs out here right now. I know I'll be able to learn about the human body, but if they assume we all know about it and don't bother to teach us I'll be kind of hooped when it comes down to things. I had one EMT tell me to just get anatomy and physiology flash cards.
  3. Crystal Abrica

    Interview questions

    1.)How old were you when you decided or thought about becoming a paramedic 2.) What was your college experience? 3.) How many years did it take to graduate? 4.) What could you give to someone going into the business? 5.) what is your American dream? 6.) is it achievable? 8.) if you could live your life all over again would you become a paramedic again? Why ke why not? 9.) Was this your first choice of a career? 10.) was there a time when you wanted to give up? If you answered these questions thank you so much. I'm writing a college and career essay and I'm interested in talking this as a job.
  4. Rose Rosales

    Please Help!

    Please help me. I wanted to know what exactly classes do you guys recommend in HS for becoming EMS/EMT? Also what school exactly do I take after HS? Do I just go to University/College and then another school or...? Please I need the most advice i could get. Thanks in Advance.
  5. heatherjo2453

    My Introduction

    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.
  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. help me define what causes musle spasms of the lower limbs and immediate management
  8. MY COMPANY ALREADY HAS AN ESTABLISHED AMBULANCE COMPANY IN NEW JERSEY NOW WE ARE THINKING ABOUT VENTURING OUT TO OTHER CITIES. MY QUESTION IS DO I HAVE TO OPEN A BASE IN NEW YORK CITY IF OR CAN I GET A PERMIT TO HAVE MY AMBULANCES DO BUSINESS IN NYC?
  9. Hi all, I'm a California licensed (and NREMT of course) EMT-B with current CPR, work experienced in the EMS field and first responder team guy who's about to embark on a vacation to northern Alabama - Jackson County - and meet up with friends made online. While I am there I would like to get together with EMS professionals and maybe connect, have some chat about work there, possibilities, licensing and their pre-requiste, ambulance driver's tests, phlebotomy etc.whatever comes to mind. Because who knows, maybe I like it that much that I can imagine to relocate and so get a good idea what's going on in my job field of dreams and what to expect re finding employment. Anyone out there in Scottsboro, Huntsville areas who would like to get in touch here and then in person when I am there mid July? Looking forward to connect - Markus
  10. Hey guys I'm a new CCO that has multiple Compliance issues. Any suggestions for an up and coming CCO?
  11. croaker260

    Vaping illicit substances

    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?
  12. stephawinna

    Paramedic schools?

    Does any one have any good recommendations for a great Paramedic training program in the bay area? I've found NCTI/ Foothill college/ Las Positas/ American Health and Fast Response. Has anyone personally been to any of these schools and can give me some insight into their training and hours and cost or any information that would be helpful in deciding which school to go to? Or if I've missed any other schools here on the list... Thanks in advance.
  13. 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 ?
  14. I was a volunteer Firefighter in Georgia back in the 90's and loved it. Started running rescue calls as a First Responder. Missed out on EMT class back then, but have recently finished class in Shelby, NC. Nervous about NC state test and then, to sit for NREMT. Really would like to do that, my career hit a dead end and now I want to start something new from something old I enjoyed. Middle aged but still in shape and want to do more than punch register buttons or type and answer phones. I'm also a photographer, and hope to upload some cool apparatus pictures.
  15. Good day everyone! I'm glad to join this community and I hope to learn a lot from all of you, and maybe answer a few question you may have as I'm from a country with a peculiar system Indeed, I've been a volunteer EMT in Paris for 4 years, within the Paris Civil Protection (Protection Civile de Paris). I say EMT, but the actual french word is "Secouriste" which corresponds more or less to an EMT-basic life support qualification. I'm qualified for almost everything that is not invasive (with the only exception of blood sugar level) and my mission is to (in short): - Assess the patient's health state - Perform the emergency actions needed to answer the situation / Call for additional (or specialized) units if needed. - Transmit a complete and accurate description of the patient's state to the EMS. - Preparation and evacuation of the patient to the hospital. I'm a "foreman" (chef d'équipe) which mean I have to coordinate my team's action and take responsibility for my crew's safety as well as the patients' and third person's. To introduce you briefly the Civil Protection, you can easily compare it to St-John Ambulance. We have 3 fields of action: - Medical emergencies: >> "911 response" >> Rescue posts on planned events (festivals, sport events...) - Social support: >> Disaster relief >> Street patrols for homeless people - First aid training: >> EMT training >> First aid course for people How do we respond to a 911 call? In France, there are no paramedics. We have either EMT-B or emergency physicians. When: - The call wasn't clear - The situation doesn't seem to require an advance life support unit - The situation requires additional personals - The situation require a basic life support unit on top of an advanced life support unit We are dispatched. We are 5 EMT in the ambulance, but we can work in crews of 4. On other missions we can be 3 or 2. Our role is to get control of the situation, assess the patient(s) health, treat the injuries/distresses and report to the EMS. They take the decision. Then, if needed, we transport the patient to the hospital. An advanced life support unit can also be dispatched to start a treatment on the scene? In case of cardiac arrest: We start CPR with oxygen and defibrillator, we call the advanced life support unit. In most of the cases, the resuscitation will be performed on scene by the doctor's crew until the patient is stable. If nothing can be done, the patient is pronounced dead on the scene. If the patient is stabilized, he'll be quickly transfered to hospital. This is the "stay and play" theory you have in France and Germany, where doctors, in mobile ER will come on scene. It's called "bring the hospital to the patient". Why does France applied the "stay and play" system? Before 1968, rescue missions where carried out by fire departments and police departments. Those rough ambulance services were poorly trained and equipped, as it wasn't the main mission of neither. The mortality rate was very high so doctors decided they couldn't stay in the hospital and wait for dead patients. They created vehicles equipped like hospital emergency rooms, aboard which were the doctor and nurses. Today, those "mobile ER" still exist and board an emergency doctor, an emergency nurse (equivalent of a paramedic advanced) and a trained driver (equivalent of an EMT-. You can recognized them by the word "SAMU" written on the side. What's new in France EMS? The "stay and play" theory is to live long it seems, as the SAMU just created a mobile ECMO unit. This vehicle boards a specialized team (surgeon, nurses...) and all the equipment needed to set an ECMO procedure anywhere, on the street for instance. This unit is dispatched only under very precise circumstances, and aims to reduce even more the "low flow" time. Even if this vehicle is still in experimental phase, it shows well the will of french EMS to bring more and more heavy equipments outside the hospital, directly to the patient. Maybe one day, you'll get a scanner without leaving your bed! I hope you found some of this interesting, if you have further questions, feel free to ask Glad to join you all!
  16. 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!
  17. EMS Crisis Response Team

    EMS Crisis Response Teams

    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. Hello everyone, I am a member of a student team of engineers designing an automatic, portable CPR machine. This device could be positioned in public areas (similar to AEDs) and could be attached to patients, freeing medical personell to simultaneously move patients or tend other injuries. We really need to prioritize design characteristics (portability, adjustability, etc.), but without field medical experience, we're a bit in the dark! Would you be able to give us a hand by ranking the following CPR machine characteristics (in terms of importance) on a scale of 1-10? Thank you so much! If you have any other thoughts, we'd love to hear those as well! Form/Enclosure: Size - Weight - Appearance - Few components - Comfort (for patient and operator) - Adjustability to different body types - Operation: How fast it can by moved/applied - Simplicity of use - Ability to move patient while in use - Ability to monitor patient condition - Ability to automatically adjust to patient status - User Interface: Communication of instructions - Ability to manually adjust rate/force of chest compression, etc. - Ability to interface with ambulances, other medical equipment - Other: Weather resistance - Theft deterrence - Low maintenance required - Battery life -
  19. 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.
  20. So I'm a new EMT and I'm applying to a few companies. My only concern is the ambulance drivers license. I have a terrible past as a young adult with tickets. And I was just rear-ended last month due to a guy on the phone. I even have a friend who has an unpaid ticket on record. What will happen when we need to get our ambulance license? Will it be possible?
  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. I need help locating any volunteer opportunities for an EMT-B in the City of Chicago. I am desperately seeking any opportunity not to loose my EMT-B skills and to continue with the EMS experiences that I've been having since I became an EMT a few weeks ago. I scoured the internet for ANY opportunity to volunteer and I literally could not find a single thing. I am going to be a full time student so I don't have time to work a job with a paid agency, and the CFD doesn't ostensibly use any volunteers and the city doesn't have any of its own ambulance departments, it just has an EMS division within the CFD. So my question is rather more of a plea. I would like to know from anyone who has had any experience as an EMT in Chicago how I can continue to volunteer. There must be some sort of outlet, I can't be the only person who wants to volunteer their EMS services in Chicago. It would seem ludicrous to me if a city with 2.7 million people didn't need any volunteers. What are ANY possible ways that I, as an EMT-B, can volunteer within the city of chicago to provide EMS services? I also completed my CEVO course so I would be willing to drive an ambulance. Is it at all possible that the CFD would take on a volunteer EMT-B (not a firefighter) just for their EMS division? Or are all EMTs in the EMS division firemen. Anyway any advice, suggestions, or overall comments would be immensely helpful, as I would like some sort of direction to help me on my search and hopefully find some sort of answer before I move at the end of the summer. Thanks!!!
  23. Secouriste

    Paramedic Bike

    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:
  24. Hi i was wondering if anyone could help me, I am a EMT-B in Iceland and I want to become a paramedic and they don't offer that in Iceland. It looks like where ever I look I always hit a wall, most common is that I have to become a EMT-B again and I need to be an american citizen. If anyone knows a school or program for me that would be great BR Anna
  25. Brotherlog63

    New to the site

    Hello There Everyone! My name is Andrew. I am an EMT-B In NYS. I've been in this business for Four years (I'm Most likely a baby in some of your eyes), three as a certified EMT. I Work in a very, very high call volume (total near 90,000 calls per year for the company). I look foreward to interacting and getting to know Y'all. -Brotherlog63 (If you come to work and dont learn something new, you should most likely rethink what you are doing or how you are acting.)