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    CVT student's nightmare

    That's what I meant.
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    CVT student's nightmare

    I'm not a troll, I'm just not intimately familiar with what drugs are carried on an ambulance. Remember, I am a Cardiovascular Technology student, not an EMT student.
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    CVT student's nightmare

    Yes, but if you guys didn't do those interventions while the pt is en-route to the OR, the pt would be going to the mourge, not the hospital. Btw, why don't EMS medical directors have admitting privileges at the hospitals in their jurisdiction, so they can directly admit patients to the...
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    CVT student's nightmare

    Nitropress is less selective than NTG for veins. This guy needs stat afterload reduction.
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    CVT student's nightmare

    You can *suspect* epidural hematoma if my LOC starts going down and I become confused. Also, if I'm bradycardic and have an increased pulse pressure, that's a sign of increased ICP. If that happens, please administer furosemide and hyperventilate me, for that will decrease the amount of blood in...
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    CVT student's nightmare

    Ah. That's highly disturbing. How can I trust paramedics who have such little training if I'm involved in an MVA, and I have a epidural hematoma, rib fractures, tension pneumothorax, mitral regurgitation, and pulmonary and cardiac contusion? Btw, did you read my PM? Are you willing to chime...
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    CVT student's nightmare

    His RV is probably pressure-overloaded as well, since it can't pump out the blood coming into it from the RA. Nitropress will dilate the veins, reducing preload, as well as the arteries, reducing afterload. Why don't we do this: Dobutamine 7.5 mcg/kg/min + Nitropress 3 mcg/kg/min + D5W...
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    CVT student's nightmare

    Thanks for the comment on my mental skills? What exactly is "the mind of a good paramedic", though? Isn't paramedic school really hard, as hard as my program? Like basically 30% CVT, 30% RRT, and 30% RN? I can't believe you think someone with only a few weeks of CVT training (I'm just beginning...
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    CVT student's nightmare

    I've looked for a forum. Obviously, I couldn't find one. It's not practicing without a license if a physician gives you a verbal order to perform a diagnostic test within your scope of practice. Besides, wouldn't you want help from a person who deals with cardiac patients every day to...
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    Can cardiovascular technology students get ACLS certified?

    The scope of practice for an echocardiographer, given that there is no licensing board (why, I have no idea), is whatever my facilitywants me to do. Some want the ECHO techs to start IVs themselves, other ones will have a nurse come in. More and more ECHO techs are getting certified, and their...
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    Can cardiovascular technology students get ACLS certified?

    I have spoken with IV certification organizations, and they said I can enter an IV cert. class after I graduate from my CVT program, get employed, and perform 10 sticks under MD/RN supervision. My first IV attempt would most likely be starting an infusion of ECHO contrast or...
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    CVT student's nightmare

    But won't fluid loading cause the MR to spit it back into the lungs? Hw fast of an infusion are you thinking; I think it needs to be slow. If only you guys could plug it into your simulated patient mannequin. Then we'd have an interesting learning experience.
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    Can cardiovascular technology students get ACLS certified?

    Well, some smaller hospitals and physician offices in my area require echocardiographers to be ACLS certified. And the anesthesiologist said INTUBATION not airway management. He said you can learn the PROCEDURE in only 15 minutes; he followed it up saying that it takes months to learn airway...
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    Can cardiovascular technology students get ACLS certified?

    Then again, I suppose you can learn how to do anything if you pay close attention. It doesn't take long to learn a process...I heard an anesthesiologist say he could teach a 15 year old to intubate in 15 minutes.
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    Can cardiovascular technology students get ACLS certified?

    Then why is the only prerequisite BLS certification?

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