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  1. DragonClaw

    How to let go.

    Long story short, many of you know me enough to know I hold onto things that hurt me. For no apparent reason other than habit. So how to you come to terms with the past? How do you make it less haunting and not a skeleton in your closet? I've tried counseling a number of times to no avail...
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    Is it okay to go to an interview if you're not sure you want the job or not?

    Supposing you're looking for a job and you're still undecided where you'll work, is it okay to A) Submit applications to different services simultaneously. B) Decline a job offer after an interview. (Like, is that just a waste of everyone's time?) C) Get a new job but you find one you like...
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    Questions on the AED

    1. Why doesn't it detect a pulse? Why not add a pulse Ox thing or another way to get a pulse. Is it just irrelevant because even with a good pulse, a shockable rhythm will be shocked anyway? 2. Why isn't a "professional" AED with a 12 lead and not 2 pads? Or both? How are 2 pads good enough to...
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    What do you say instead of "You'll be fine/okay"?

    I went for my clinicals and the was a young adult women who was a bit dinged up in a MVC. She was bleeding from the head, medic wanted to put 2IVs in, only could get one, self extricated from a totaled car, etc. I kept wanting to tell her she'd be fine, but I can't actually know that and...
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    Heart ripped out of body by deceleration/ crash

    I know a fire chief and he told me this story about a guy on a motorcycle that was running from the police. Motorcycle man was going 100, maybe more, turned to flick the pursuing cop off and then didn't see a minivan (or such) and slammed into a car. They pick up all the pieces they could...
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    How should one dress for an interview?

    As I understand it, most places will not be impressed if you show up in cargo pants and black boots. I'll admit, I don't like slacks (mostly the lack of pockets and how tight they are) and I'm not really a fan of blouses. Would a nice pair of jeans, cowboys boots and a pearl snap buttondown...
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    Why does an adult BVM have a 1600ml capacity?

    I mean, it takes 500ish mlS to inflate lungs and I read a lot that hyperventilation easily happens by getting a little too trigger happy with a BVM, so why the heck are that that big? At what time do you need to squeeze as hard and fast as you can?
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    Ride along

    I'm inching closer and closer to certification, I've been poking around at jobs. I went to Medstar, did a ride along with them. I thought I'd be going out with a crew, but turns out they don't let non-employees do that? I went with a sup. Saw the city, caught the tail end of a few calls...
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    Adulting advice needed.

    Quick note: I'm 22, still in the nest. Never been on my own. I'll be moving after I get my certification (I imagine within 2-3 months, sooner if everything lines up) and I guess I don't really know if I have all my ducks in the pond. I guess I'm not really sure I'm thinking of everything...
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    What do you look for in boots?

    I've got to get some new boots for oral board and clinicals which should be soon, they've got to be black (as imagined), but other than that, what features do you find helpful? I am used to boots, it's kind of all I wear (walking boots, cowboy boots, 3 lbs a piece shin high hunting boots...
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    Are Waiting lists common?

    I called up Medstar and got the base pay info at 14$/Hr He also said they've got an entire department that cleans the ambulance and stuff But, there's a lot of applicants and there's a waitlist of around a month. Is that common? I guess that's a good sign that it's a good place to work, right?
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    Do you tell a prospective employer the details about your personal health?

    Long story short, I have an autoimmune disease. It's controlled under medication and I am not asking for any reasonable accommodations or any exceptions. I'm not trying to hide it, either. But is this something I need to disclose? I don't want to have to put that down, but I'm not trying to...
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    How do I ask for job details, what is acceptable, etc?

    I was poking around at potential future employment, I was kind of thinking MedStar out of Dallas. But, pay isn't listed. So if I decide to pursue this, at what point should that be discussed? Call them up and straight up ask, or submit an application and then when we get to the part of...
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    How has being in EMS changed you?

    Whether you're new to the job or have spent your long, lengthy life in the band aid bus, how do you think it's changed you? Did you expect any of it or see it happening, or did you meet an old friend who barely recognized you anymore? What did you learn from it all?
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    LFW: DFW or Houston area 911 EMTB?

    Hopefully in a few months I'll have my certification in hand. I'm looking to live in the outliers Houston or DFW, willing to do some commuting. I've looked at EMTB jobs, but how do I know which ones do 911 calls? Are they all through the city directly or are they contracted out to other...
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    Looking for clues of NOI/MOI

    *Disclaimer, not looking for legal advice, just your personal experiences* I was studying on Diabetes, and it mentioned that the medication in their fridge may give clues and similar things about what to look for. If you're on a call, do you normally rifle through their fridge, pantry...
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    Your opinion of police officers.

    I went out on a ride along (A little farther back) and there was a semi and 2 passenger vehicles involved. They had to extricate one of the drivers (I didn't even see the other car) and the semi went about 40 feet off the road into mud trying to dodge these two cars (apparently). The driver of...
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    How sober does someone have to be to sign a refusal?

    If there's an intoxicated patient (confirmed), and he says he doesn't want to go to the hospital, at what point can he no longer deny that? Is any level of intoxication enough for him to be "required/forced" to go? I know people tolerate alcohol differently, so a BAC alone probably isn't...
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    Difference of these two 12 lead monitoring?

    I don't really know how they're saying it's different. Or what to call them to distinguish the two. Is tracing the difference? Also, I thought cardiac monitoring was a ALS procedure and EMTB wouldn't be doing this? I guess it depends on the medical director though?
  20. DragonClaw

    Facebook video of police using CPR

    Video here At about 1:55 was the cop giving the patient sternum rubs? And was the second officer searching the car for drugs, rather than medical supplies?