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    the 100% directionless thread

    “Even this is for good”. I admire that mindset. It’s one thing to say it and something totally different to believe it. I’m very lucky to have a couple family members who went through nursing school. I drove over and had a conversation with one of them. They helped me realize that this is a...
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    the 100% directionless thread

    Coming out of hibernation to use this as an outlet to vent. Long story short, A metric *ss load of issues arose in my personal life and I was overwhelmed. Ended up putting myself in a situation where a nearly unattainable grade is required on one of my final exams to remain in nursing school...
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    Am I getting fired?

    I started working in EMS at 19 as well. It seems that your FTO has forgotten that the purpose of an FTO is to train new employees. FTO programs would be unnecessary if EMS schools pumped out perfect EMT’s. I’m not sure what your EMT program was like, but I didn’t have a routine truck check; I...
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    the 100% directionless thread

    Yeah, as stated previously the outcome was determined before we even got there. It still sucks to lose a young patient. I found out that the patient and I had mutual friends, small world.
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    the 100% directionless thread

    We all performed well as a team, but this guy was beyond any help. Hospital was 5 minutes out so we didn’t waste time on scene. Gsw to the head with a very difficult airway. Attempted to control the bleeding as best as possible, IV’s were established, and the pt was intubated. Ended up losing a...
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    the 100% directionless thread

    Just ran on my first GSW, didn’t go too well.
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    What to do

    It’s not strictly an IFT company. Yes, as basics we do IFT’s. But we also respond to calls that in theory should be basic calls. I appreciate everyone’s input and will use it to make what I feel is the right decision.
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    What to do

    I’m ultimately concerned about how they will handle calls in the future and what kind of care they will provide.
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    What to do

    The problem is I have no way of knowing that I will ever work with this individual again based on how both of our schedules operate. In regards to my name, it’s just sarcasm. There are definitely people out there that believe we just drive and I’m playing off of that.
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    What to do

    Based on the pt’s presentation I made the decision to load and go. The only issue we could correct with our scope of practice and protocols was the hypoxia at hand. I assumed a licensed emt who’s been doing the job longer than I have would at the very least be familiar with this. I think that’s...
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    What to do

    I tried talking the call over. They just kind of laughed it off and displayed a “we’re just here to transport” type of attitude. In regards to me shouting directions, it was more of me checking in on how the pt was doing and if he was still keeping the pt on the mask. I wasn’t giving play by...
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    What to do

    To start, we were dispatched as a basic unit normal traffic for a sick person. The call ended up being way more serious. Pt presented with cyanosis, shortness of breath, and an o2 sat of 68-70% on room air. My immediate thought was we have to boogie. I don’t have the equipment to rule out many...
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    Capnography for EMT-B, a useful tool?

    I can agree with that statement. I guess it all depends on where you took the class. I certainly did not feel like I was given enough time to practice using this skill. However, being able to practice on real people in a clinical setting is invaluable. I would have loved to have been given the...
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    Capnography for EMT-B, a useful tool?

    I agree, and I have no problem at all seeing the scope of practice for basics expand as long as it is done right and the curriculum in basic classes expands with it. I have to admit, if SGA’s are a standing order for basics in my area then it makes sense for us to have access to capnography as...
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    Capnography for EMT-B, a useful tool?

    @VentMonkey I have gotten to use some of the more invasive treatments at my disposal such as CPAP and narcan IN. I did not feel that I was stepping outside of my comfort zone and they improved the patients condition. Can I say that I’m 100% confident in all my skills? Absolutely not. I truly...

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