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    the 100% directionless thread

    That usually means rain is on the way. Or it has rained and the birds will be scattered.
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    Assignment Ideas

    Not an instructor here, but if I were I would be stressing the daylights out of thorough assessments. Big difference between NREMT assessments and what actually goes on at the scene. Real easy to find the pelvic fracture and miss the spot their head hit the asphalt. I agree on common meds though.
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    the 100% directionless thread

    Oh cool! La Raza is even in Hawaii!
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    the 100% directionless thread

    Batteries can come in handy if you lose power. AAA, AA, C, D, whatever your stuff needs.
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    Radio Recommendations

    If your department needs radios, there are grants out there for that.
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    the 100% directionless thread

    But, nothing. Call the cops, or if they are already on scene, let them call the coroner an go on about your business. Short report.
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    the 100% directionless thread

    Do a mental review, look at what went right and what could have been done better. Ask your FTO what you could have done better.
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    the 100% directionless thread

    Autoloaders go down too. A little embarrassing when you are outside the ER trying to pick up a Pt. Coulda been worse though. We could have been delivering a Pt to the ER. Air bags blow out, quite often out here.
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    the 100% directionless thread

    My commute is about 150 miles (one way). I get coffee before I leave town, where I work, and no stops until I get home. The trip is all rural except one small town of maybe 1000 people and no traffic lights So, the uniform is not a big deal. Besides this is the middle of nowhere in SW Texas.
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    the 100% directionless thread

    I usually arrive the day before shift in civvies and then go to uniform in the AM and back to civvies 48 hrs later. But a couple of ugly calls within less than 15 minutes of go home time cured me of changing. I just go home in uniform.
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    Whats your "criteria" for starting iv access on a pt?

    If we're outside the city limits the Pt might get an IV. Depends on what the problem is, cardiac probably, but good vitals and nothing major, then no, we are about 3 miles max from the hospital. Out in the county, different story, anything that might need meds gets an IV.
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    the 100% directionless thread

    I live in the boonies in Tx and work in a small city on the interstate where only travelers who need fuel or food stop. Covid has been a pain, but our confirmed cases were few, relatively speaking. No signs of protest here, so we're lucky. To those of you out there who are impacted by this...
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    COVID & Future of EMS

    Optimist. 🤞
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    the 100% directionless thread

    Nice looking 1911. You live in, or have, anyplace where you are allowed to shoot it?
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    the 100% directionless thread

    1st world problem right there. Change brands?
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    What Helps You Hold Up?

    Graveyard humor helps a whole bunch.
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    Generational Gaps

    I'm an "old." I'm 70 (just started this line of retirement bizzy work at 65). I work with P's that are younger than my youngest kid. Have no problem communicating with them. I don't do facebook, etc., but I love the internet and can literally spend hours reading on it or going to a couple of...
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    How to get out of imposter syndrome?

    Glad to see this thread, because I still get that feeling. It gets better, but it feels like it is taking way to long. That being said, none of the P's I work with (I'm an A) have complained about anything. I have a couple who offer useful advice, that is much appreciated.
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    the 100% directionless thread

    Depends on the magician and if the stars and the moon line up enough for it to last.
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    65 year old female

    Sounds like she may possibly have a bowl infection and might be septic.