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  1. socalmedic

    Welcome Rural Metro!

    Give it time, Harvey will either retire or cross the rainbow bridge. then AMR will offer his family more money than they can refuse, then American ambulance, then Norcal ambulance and they will have the entire western US on lockdown, just wait and see.
  2. socalmedic

    Welcome Rural Metro!

    Actually Falck reports 35,000 employees in 46 nations, which includes emergency medical, fire, tow, safety education... basically they do everything public safety. Envision (AMRs parent company) reports 35,000 employees in 1 nation. Rural metro has 8,000 employees in 1 nation. So Falck is...
  3. socalmedic

    Strobe Defeat

    when the primary lights are on (red button pushed up) low intensity will dim the white halogen strobes, I usually use this at night because our street names are reflective and i cant read them at full power, the strobe defeat will kill the front white and red halogen strobes.
  4. socalmedic

    The public would be shocked if they knew...

    I am going to steal this, with your permission of-course.
  5. socalmedic

    Anyone rocking a Ambo like this for regular 911 calls?

    most likely the GVWR is down-rated (California has a 26,000lb limit) to make it Class C (non-commercial) and the freightliners do have a hydraulic brake option. we did this at my Search and Rescue unit to two similar freightliners to keep them class c.
  6. socalmedic

    Active Shooter Scenario: Chem Lights and Soft Stretchers

    if you guys want to be part of a truly over the top active shooter training event you should check out Urban Shield http://www.urbanshield.org/ . its in the bay area every year and my agency has gone for the past few years. even if your agency doesn't participate they need volunteers for both...
  7. socalmedic

    AMR

    simmer down everyone. Natividad is a brand new trauma center so the protocols probably have not been updated lately. San Bineto is a long thin county that borders 5 other counties, has no major highways, and is relatively rural. most trauma patients will be flown out because the drive time to...
  8. socalmedic

    would you be willing to share the grady protocols? I was just looking into them and would like...

    would you be willing to share the grady protocols? I was just looking into them and would like to see just how progressive they are but they done seem to have their protocols posted.
  9. socalmedic

    LA County Fire.....

    I am not sure if you are calling the paramedic himself a tool or that his assessment is a tool.... I do not check a BGL and ECG on every patient, there is no reason to be wasting the test strips and stickers if there is no indication.
  10. socalmedic

    LA County Fire.....

    Thats fairly common, the medic is assigned a base hospital to contact based on their station location. The base hospital will (should) call the destination ER to inform them of your arrival. there are also catchment areas where you contact a particular base depending on your physical location...
  11. socalmedic

    LA County Fire.....

    I must make a public apology and redact my prior statement. It seems that policy 808 has changed it appears in 2013, that there is now a list of patient complaints (albeit, most complaints) which require base contact. there are also Standing Field Treatment Protocols (SFTP), however LAcoFD is...
  12. socalmedic

    LA County Fire.....

    first question, if they never made base contact they are operating outside their scope of practice and cannot release to a lesser medical authority. second question, kind of that's why I said its a state of gray area limbo, yes you are the person with the patient but the MICN is still...
  13. socalmedic

    LA County Fire.....

    Technically they aren't transferring care to you, technically when they made base contact the base station MICN (radio nurse) accepted the patient until they arrive at the destination hospital. If they send you BLS the paramedic is no longer responsible because the MICN in on the hook, its kind...
  14. socalmedic

    question regarding glucometer

    first, they are usually free when your company buys the strips. I know my operation doesnt even buy the little batteries for the, when the battery dies we just grab a new glucometer off the shelf. I go through a few glucometers per year. Second, CVS will give you one for free if you ask. but as...
  15. socalmedic

    LA County Fire.....

    Much of this also has to do with Sovereign Immunity, municipalities cannot be held liable in civil court for negligence so there is no motivation for the county to ensure their paramedics are competent. however the private companies do not have this protection and can be sued for lots of money...
  16. socalmedic

    Anyone rocking a Ambo like this for regular 911 calls?

    Miami uses ambulances similar to what DesertEMT posted above. they are made by braun.
  17. socalmedic

    Looking for an EVOC video from SoCal

    his name is Terry Flores and his email is Terence.Flores@amr.net
  18. socalmedic

    Any Emtlife oldies, like me, still around?

    there must have been something in the water in 2006... you can add another notch to the post for 2006 grads. I started as an EMT the day after I graduated and I was the youngest paramedic at my company for almost 3 years.
  19. socalmedic

    LA County Fire.....

    I respectfully disagree. firstly, the BLS report in LA County does not get attached to the patients chart; the report from the ALS agency is taken with the patient (they are still using paper carbon copies) and it is placed in the chart. the BLS PCR is used for billing. Secondly, documenting...
  20. socalmedic

    REPORT LA Co. AMBULANCE VIOLATIONS ANONYMOUSLY

    Kurt is the civilian investigator. it appears that he is looking for information on unethical or illegal practices of companies, not individuals. looks like he was only active for a few hours here and has not returned for comment since he made his first posting on November 19th.

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