Recent content by Aprz

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    the 100% directionless thread

    They are probably talking out of their behind, lol.
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    Sternbach Pain Thermometer

    This made me think of ischemic conditioning. Not to treat pain, but to reduce damage to the heart. Same thing, inflate a cuff, leave it fully inflated for minutes, deflate for a couple of minutes, and repeat until you arrive at the hospital. I wonder if there have been anymore studies on that. I...
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    Pre-Hire Physical (I failed)

    Lifting weights into and out of the ambulance, carrying bags up and down stairs, and doing chest compressions for several minutes. Usually they would test combine our strength, endurance, and then also make sure our dexterity was still good even after exerting ourselves (eg have us ventilate a...
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    Pre-Hire Physical (I failed)

    I probably would've failed too, and I've been in EMS for years now. O_O
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    What do you say instead of "You'll be fine/okay"?

    I just thought about this post when I read the article. The 9-1-1 dispatcher told her "You're not going to die," and then she died.
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    What do you say instead of "You'll be fine/okay"?
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    Sonoma County/NorCal Question

    Last I checked, Falck/Verihealth was interfacility transfer in Petaluma/Sonoma. They might do backup 9-1-1 or do some 9-1-1 up North, but I don't think within Sonoma/Petaluma. If you want 9-1-1, AMR/Sonoma Life Support is where you want to go. I worked with some people who used to work there...
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    What schools are providing an excellent education?

    I know everyone keeps saying it, but going back to school is a bad idea. Paramedic schools often don't make great paramedics. A lot of it is self taught or hands on. At the same time, when you get hired, you'll be going through an academy that's sorta like a refresher. You'll have an FTO time...
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    the 100% directionless thread

    I feel like all the California peeps should have an EMLifeExpo. I'd be down to join.
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    the 100% directionless thread

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    Any advice on entering the work force without experience?

    EMT is an entry level job. Most of these places will not expect you to have experience.
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    the 100% directionless thread

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    the 100% directionless thread

    Paperwork. That's work, and in most places, against the law. Are you union? I would speak with a shop steward.