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  1. Kevinf

    is a broken arm an ALS or BLS call?

    I love our fractured EMS systems. For quite a while in PA, EMTs were trusted with oral glucose but not finger poke CBG. Even before that, there was a time where you could apply oxygen, but might not be able to check on SpO2.
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    Covid transports - PPE

    It's nuts that more services don't have half/full-face respirators with P100 filters. Work of breathing is super easy, the fit is far more secure, eye-wear does not fog due to exhalation, and they are far more crush and damage resistant than "dust mask" N95s. Most are very easy to clean and...
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    Coronavirus Discussion Thread

    It did highlight the areas that we would have issues should a "true" plague-tier pandemic come knocking. People traveling down to spring break then spreading over most of the eastern half of the country during a lock-down bodes poorly for any future containment efforts. We need to be ready to...
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    Are we taking "Scene Safety" too far?

    I think this is something that can't really be taught. A person either has street-smarts or they do not. We all know someone that blunders into things that most people should see coming over and over and they never seem to learn from it.
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    Pet names?

    You hear a lot of incredible stories while working in EMS. Some of them are even true. I use pet names some times depending on the context. Sometimes you want to try to put people at ease and not be extremely formal as that can be a little intimidating. I do avoid being super informal with...
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    What's that red button on the radio for?

    It's fun when you're driving and manage to activate the SHTF button, good luck working that out in a timely manner. Ask how I know. One of my coworkers managed to hit it three times in a row while at a firehouse barbecue. Dispatch told him that he'd need to bring them ribs if he did it again.
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    Coronavirus Discussion Thread

    Since we're on the topic of respirators, I can't recommend a full-face respirator strongly enough. Having spent all day in poly N95 respirators, half-face respirators, and full-face respirators... by far the most comfortable and secure was the full-face. Downside, of course, is the cost. A...
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    Half Face Respirator P100 "life"

    Use the filter until breathing becomes difficult. You don't sanitize filters, anything you could do to them would likely ruin their ability to actually work. If you need to prevent contamination, then you would need to dispose of the filter and sanitize the mask. They are not reusable, but they...
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    freezing up and choking during skill drills

    Have you heard of the internet? :cool:
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    Advice for an Aspiring Female EMT?

    Work smarter and not harder. Use leverage to your advantage. Use manpower to your advantage (many hands make light work). Don't be afraid to call for backup early, you can always cancel if not needed. Don't stay at employers that don't take the potential for lifting injuries seriously. That...
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    Who is your company hiring???

    You are largely at the mercy of the employee to correctly list their prior employers, unless your HR dept is going to call every EMS agency in a 100-mile area every time someone is hired. If you do get a proper list, the most you are likely to get from the former employer is "yes, Joe Shmoe...
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    Cost of EMS

    The 911-only company I worked for had been covering the same township for 50+ years. A few years back another agency wanted to take over the municipal contract. So instead of the usual price of $350,000 or so, the contract was driven down to $30,000 or so by bidding plus an agreement to purchase...
  13. Kevinf

    Best Tablets for ESO's EHR??

    iPad minis work well in a ruggedized case, and are small enough to hold comfortably as well as fitting in a large cargo pocket or tucking in with equipment when not in use. Using large tablets or notebooks on scene makes no sense to me.
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    Any advice on entering the work force without experience?

    At least you'll have your cert in hand when applying. I've already dealt with a bunch of applications this month where the conversation went... "I'm not seeing an EMT cert in your resume"... "Oh, I'll be finished with EMT school in a month!"
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    Any news on an ESO EHR app coming to Apple devices?

    We also use the web version on iPads, but the problem with that is two-fold; Weekly scheduled system maintenance that precludes using web ESO at all during that time period. Lost/blocked 3G/4G service can hamper crews from getting signatures. There are very few Windows tablets/laptops that are...
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    Any news on an ESO EHR app coming to Apple devices?

    I've heard rumblings about ESO porting their ESOsuite into IOS app form for use on iPads. Has anyone here heard anything concrete?
  17. Kevinf

    Looking to buy Reeves stretchers

    Sorry, we picked up a few already! Feel free to sell em to whomever you got.
  18. Kevinf

    Looking to buy Reeves stretchers

    The 101 should be sufficient, I just have to be able to convince the money guy that we should buy a few. So buying them off of anyone looking to get rid of some older ones would be fine.
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    Looking to buy Reeves stretchers

    Some of our crews have requested them, but we've already got a 100 case of mega-movers, so I'm trying to get some secondhand ones to make it an easier sell for purchasing.
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    Looking to buy Reeves stretchers

    If anyone has or knows of a company with some Reeves stretchers for sale let me know. New or used as long as they are in serviceable condition is fine.