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  1. SandpitMedic

    Aeromedical Crashes/Near Miss Events

    Due to the nature of the work and the sad truth that these crashes are far too common, combined with related threads that are often spread out among the news, employment, lounge, and HEMS/AMT forums, I have created this thread for all HEMS/AMT adverse events. A single point for discussions...
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    2020. What are your goals?

    Happy New Year, all. It’s almost the end of the year, the decade, and the generation. 2020 is knocking on the door and will be here in just a few days. I am a proponent of bettering oneself, and I love to see others plan for and achieve success. What are your goals to improve or change your...
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    HEMS crash on X-Mas. Sick of posting this news.

    I mean... do military aviators crash this much? Commercial? Everyone wants to talk intubation being a hot issue and suicide prevention... Yeah, they’re issues, sure... BUT Here is an in-your-face issue that get swept away after a few weeks. Why in the **** are EMS aircraft always crashing and...
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    63 car pile up!

    How about that for a training scenario. Having to walk on cars to get to do your triage. What a mess! https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/63-vehicle-pileup-in-virginia-results-in-injuries/2190964/
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    Vertical light bars

    Y’all seen this?! Haha. I had to laugh. Wait until the whackers get ahold of these bad boys. Reminds me of a goal post... going for a code 3 field goal back at the station! https://www.whec.com/news/new-york-state-police-vertical-light-bars/5577301/#.XfK9_w7FrRk.facebook
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    Merry Christmas!

    Are we allowed to say Merry Christmas still? Is it too early? I don’t care... Merry Christmas you savages. 🎄 And I hope 2020 brings you joy and treats you well. Be safe and be good to each other out there.
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    Happy Thanksgiving

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone. If you’re working, be safe and try to find some good grub. If you’re not, enjoy the day of parades, football, and food with family and friends..
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    Hurricane Dorian

    Promising to be a walloping storm to FL and possibly the SE coast. Anyone here going on a team or live in the AO? Going as DRT/DMAT/USAR/other? Lots of resources are being prepped and deployed for Dorian. Stay safe and good luck. I wish I was going, but I’ll be sitting this one out watching...
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    CHS Medical now Caliburn?

    Anyone have the scoop on what happened to CHS?
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    Degree talk from the man who wrote the book on EMS.

    Dr. Bledsoe's recent article makes some great points here. He was my medical director for sometime in Las Vegas. It was interesting to bring him patients in the trauma center, being the man who wrote the very textbooks I studied in P school... Intimidating to say the least as a baby medic. I am...
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    FP-C renew question

    Hey guys, I wanted to ask those of you who have renewed your FP-C this year your new cert expires? My first one was 4 years, and this was my first recert. It says it doesn't expire until 2027. Is that an error or is it really good for eight years after your first recert? Granted, I had like 500...
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    California Earthquakes

    I know we have more than a few folks on this forum in central and southern CA. 7.1 is no joke, especially right after a 6.4... How are these quakes affecting you? Longer shifts? Evacuations? Personally?
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    Wisconsin HEMS crash, no survivors.

    https://www.postcrescent.com/story/news/2018/04/28/ascension-spirit-helicopter-crash-we-have-lost-three-great-members/561030002/ RIP gentlemen. This is a dangerous line of work. Fly safe all.
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    Any other FPC folks get this email today?

    Hey guys, did anyone get the email from the ISBC about logging in to a third party for FPC certificates? Something about making them look nicer. Seems legit, but just wondering.
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    Ketamine for RSI in hypertensive patients

    I figure we have some good folks here who can comment on their experience with Ketamine in hypertensive patients. Generally, it is a relative contraindication in the traditional sense, but I have learned through various outlets that in recent studies that isn't necessarily true anymore. I'd...
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    Hurricane Irma

    Hurricane Irma is shaping up to be a real beast. She is already a Cat 4 and may intensify. The latest forecast models predict South Florida will take a direct hit. The Governor has declared a state of emergency already, and from other sources I heard supplies and water at local establishments...
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    Hurricane Harvey

    Anyone on the board been activated to head to the disaster area for aid? I know we have a few members from Texas. Stay safe.
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    Violence towards EMS

    Saw this clip online, and it really made me think. I look at so many others in EMS and I can't help but think how helpless they would be in this type of situation. Not only that but how out of shape they are, how oblivious they are to the threat, and how little they are backed by law and company...
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    REPLICA

    There is a new NREMT EMS inititive called REPLICA that appears to grant those with an NREMT card and a local certification in a participating state the right to "practice" in other participating states. Each state is required to sign it into law, but there are quite a few already. More than 10...
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    Las Vegas EMS video

    Check this.
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