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    California Paramedics Hourly pay

    The Bay Area can pay a lot. In one county in the Bay Area, the starting pay for a brand new paramedic is almost $30/hour. I think I've sent you info before RocketMedic. Last time I researched paramedic pay in San Diego, they made next to nothing. Their pay was awful, and they had staffing...
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    Vol EMS question

    If you follow the forum, it's been brought up several times in the past couple of months to year. You can see examples searching the word "shortage" here. Also there is a post on it https://emtlife.com/threads/paramedic-shortage.48033/#post-681040. We've been feeling it hard in this area, it's...
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    Vol EMS question

    Outliers usually exist. There is a national paramedic shortage. I think we are starting to see it with EMTs as well.
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    Vol EMS question

    In my area, even paid EMS is dying. People just aren't interested in becoming EMTs/paramedics anymore.
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    Advice for an Aspiring Female EMT?

    I definitely do not work in a slow area. Very urban and busy. No offense taken.
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    Advice for an Aspiring Female EMT?

    I don't feel this job is as physical as people believe or can make it sound like. Yeh, we lift a lot, but usually with your partner. Women, even petite ones, work together all the time with no trouble. It can be hard at first, but it is all about technique and being smart. I kind of feel like...
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    YIKES! Gut Tubed in Rhode Island x 12

    I think the people who post here are likely better and more humble than most EMTs and paramedics. I wouldn't be surprised if this is a nation wide problem that has gone unrecognized or ignored.
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    the 100% directionless thread

    Coiled of course. Maybe it's not an X? I just know it's a Zoll. It shows only one complex per lead. I haven't used it much, it's something on a certain fire department around here has, and that's how they give me their 12-leads. The paper is small and really long like the MRx, but it's white...
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    the 100% directionless thread

    I prefer Philips MRx as well so I guess @RocketMedic isn't alone. We just switched over to the Lifepak 15 and I hate them. They are absolutely garbage at getting vital signs, the dumb pulse oximetry poor perfusion alarm is so annoying (I am aware you have to change sensitivity to high to resolve...
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    6 lead ecg reading. Need feedback. Thanks guys

    What's your concern? The reason R waves, S waves, and the size/amplitude of these waves is because of the direction of the mean QRS vector. Each lead has a different view of the mean QRS vector. When the lead has a better view, the R or S wave will be bigger. When it has a poor view, it'll be...
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    Becoming desensitized- what's your story?

    I feel like some people have to get used to it like me and my best friend. Although when off duty or watching a movie, we still gag, get scared, feel panic. In real life, we have a job to do, and don't really have time to think about it. One thing that is kind of funny is that is that it almost...
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    the 100% directionless thread

    He probably still sees more emergencies than 9-1-1 does, lol.
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    How to get rid of squeamishness?

    I can't look at the needle going into me, but once it is in, I am good to look, give advice, and talk about whatever.
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    How to get rid of squeamishness?

    This going to sound crazy, but I used to be absolutely terrified of needles. I've passed out twice from needle pokes, once even in class! In paramedic school, I would shake and cry when getting poked. I knew it was a necessary evil, I really wanted to be a paramedic, so I just pushed through it...
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    STEMI Mimic?

    Like I said above, it's not a STEMI, I described my reasons why above (https://www.emtlife.com/threads/stemi-mimic.48053/#post-681280). That's OK. Nobody is going to knock you for doing what you think was right and trying to follow your protocols. There is the patient's baseline and then your...
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