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  1. Akulahawk

    Is it possible?

    At some point in the future, if you have no further trouble with the law, level of charge you actually plead to (felony vs misdemeanor), number of years since the guilty plea, laws and regulations at the time... it might be possible for you to become an EMT. Every state has different rules/regs...
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    the 100% directionless thread

    I'm already there...
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    the 100% directionless thread

    Seems every time I blink...
  4. Akulahawk

    COVID VACCINE

    If I have the 'Rona, I haven't had the same experience. While I do have some of the symptoms, I don't have very many of them and they're lightening up quite a bit to the point where I feel nearly normal as I type this. That's NOT typical of 'Rona and I know it. My last bout with fever/chills was...
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    COVID VACCINE

    I might be in almost the same boat. I got my first dose and 15 days later I started having some vague symptoms. Mostly fever, chills. I also developed some urinary frequency and urgency along with some mid-back discomfort. Kind of sounds like a UTI but all the usual labs came back looking good...
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    the 100% directionless thread

    Everything may be falling, but it all could be getting ready to reassemble in a new configuration, just waiting for all the pieces to be ready. (Yeah, I know, it's optimistic...)
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    Open Tib/Fib Splint

    You fashion a splint setup that allows you to splint the leg in the position found unless keeping it in that position is a worse option because there's no circulation because of positioning. If the bone ends retract under the skin, you make sure that you observed an open fracture with protrusion...
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    the 100% directionless thread

    I agree with Peak on this. Your prospective new employer knows about your previous employer's shortcomings. The world of EMS isn't all that large. Seriously. Your new employer wants to know two things about you. 1 - What can you bring to us and 2 - Will you fit into our company culture...
  9. Akulahawk

    Help with manual vitals?

    I did not mention this because if you can palpate the brachial pulse, this is what you do! The stuff I mentioned is what you can try if you cannot palpate the brachial pulse. You're still listening to that artery but you're using an alternate method of locating an appropriate place to listen.
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    Help with manual vitals?

    Extend the arm until it's about as straight as it'll go but don't hyperextend the elbow. Then palpate the biceps tendon and place the diaphragm just medial to that. Otherwise there's a little depression inline with that tendon and put the diaphragm midline to the tendon with the top of the steth...
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    the 100% directionless thread

    Some of us long-time folks are still kicking... and some of us have gotten our 1st doses too. I'm due for my next one about 10-ish days from now.
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    Accepted to RN bridge!

    As did I when I was doing clinicals. At least our destination was a peds center and they do have a PICU and NICU and a Peds ED. Placement for our rotation there wasn't up to us. We were told where to go and when to be there...
  13. Akulahawk

    Anyone using Ultrasound?

    While you could use ultrasound to diagnose bone fractures, they'd only be clinically relevant to the field if the field providers could refer/transport directly to an orthopedist.
  14. Akulahawk

    Coronavirus Discussion Thread

    I would say that on its own, the recall effort didn't help much but when you look at the pandemic fatigue, the lawsuits, and the State's response to those lawsuits ("we'll get back to you...) all combined to make the State back down from the stay-at-home order. I think they're also attempting to...
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    the 100% directionless thread

    You're not getting a reply because they know that if they say yes, they are going to be in quite a bit of reportable trouble.
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    the 100% directionless thread

    Spontaneous liver lacerations and spleen injury just doesn't happen. Absent something really odd/weird, I would highly suspect traumatic injury that she's not admitting to because she's protecting someone. It could be her, or someone else... but I think someone did something stupid (possibly...
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    Anyone using Ultrasound?

    I've seen similar units before, I don't get to use one at work because we don't have them... that being said, all I personally use an ultrasound machine for is PIV placement.
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    Accepted to RN bridge!

    Definitely THIS!!
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    the 100% directionless thread

    Having recently gone through my hospital's procedural sedation (monitoring) training program, all I can say is: :eek::mad:
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    the 100% directionless thread

    Value is too high for the machine to display. Kind of like when the glucometers simply read "High" or ">550" instead of giving you a number.

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