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  1. DragonClaw

    Would you walk this pt out to the truck?

    About 19: long story short, guy is altered and might be on something, locks himself in the gas station bathroom Cop notes he's altered, diaphoretic, stumbling, weak. Pt claims sickle cell. This is not to attack any of the medics, but I mean, doesn't that open you up for liability if you...
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    Blood test approved by FDA to detect a TBI by looking for protein markers They...
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    What causes chemical impairment to affect memory?

    How can people be drunk, high etc to the point of not remembering what they did? How does that work? Even if they're not passed out, there's a point at which they lose all/part of memory. What causes this and why?
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    Why can't you just bypass affected tissue in major hemorrhages?

    Pretend this is an arm and my anatomy is okay. So supposing a large vessel got a lac, why can't we just reroute the blood with some needles and tubing and bypass effected areas? I know ischemia following hypoxia is a concern, but isn't that the same if we don't stop the bleeding? I know in...
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    Can someone break down ETCO2 for me?

    I know the basics about it dealing with CO2 and ventilation. But past that, I'm trying to figure out about a bit more. "Waveform capnography represents the amount of carbon dioxide in exhaled air which is used to assess ventilation. The number is capnometry, which is the partial pressure of...
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    Doctors and training

    Do foreign doctors have the same standards as us? What about US med students going to a foreign school but coming back to the US? Does the difficulty getting into med school (apparently it's too keep doctors paid well with supply and demand but I dunno) hurt our Healthcare or keep it at a high...
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    What are jobs that can help with EMS/Medical skills or knowledge?

    Basically looking for jobs that would complement current and future skill sets. Like being a medical scribe, pharmacy or ER Tech. Any other jobs that might be useful to learn from?
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    I recently found out about this and a similar injection form of medication. Has anyone taken these and can share their experiences? I didn't realize alchohol affects opiate receptors. It seems very interesting, but there's not a whole lot of information about it. How does it block the...
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    Backspace issues on phones

    Weird bug on the site when I use my new phone. If I hit the back button it closes my keyboard. Only happens here.
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    Electrical effects on people

    How much does electricity affect people from different sources? Lighting, would it simulate a monophasic shock?. Is Lighting AC or DC? What does a monitor defibrillate using? Is it more common or less common for people to go into arrest after being electrocuted by lightning. Why is ground...
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    Boot tread loss?

    Boots seem to have less tread than I expect for their age. I think they're probably around 10 months old. I know I can be a heavy walker, especially around the heel, but I was washing the truck the other day and water was everywhere and on cement I could feel a little slippage. When standing...
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    What wisdom do you have about scene safety?

    Partner and I were talking about various tactical things. I mentioned the story our VST told us about a medic being blasted through the door with like a .44 mag or something. He was DRT. VST (who was a medic or an EMT at the time) Partner said you should never stand in front of the door for...
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    Chest issues?

    Was assist with my partner all day for a flycar CCT medic. Calls got more interesting as time went on. This last call we had a hypotensive, hypovolemic pt. Pt was on a trach and vent. Pt had norepinephrine abs prbc running. Pt was cold, going hypothermic. His ribs an chest area was super well...
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    Comparison and discussion of Body armor

    DISCLAIMER I DO NOT THINK I'M IN DANGER AND NEED A VEST AND I WON'T BE WEARING ONE TO WORK. I'm not looking for the "Pfft you don't need body armor" comments. Don't post them. This is merely looking at opportunities. I only own a flack jacket and no real ballistic protection. I am into guns...
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    OB Question

    Okay so I'm forgetting a word. We were in the OB ED and took a lady to the level one trauma center cause she had pre-eclampsia and twins and other high risk stuff. On the way out, one nurse points out to another nurse some vitals. They kept using this term. Like "unusual variable" or...
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    Tourniquet questions

    Comments on a FB video of an ANTIFA dude grazed or got by a rubber bullet have me wondering. Are TQs only for arterial bleeds? Google says usually arterial, but if a venous bleed is serious, a TQ can be used. If it is a venous bleed, place it distal to the wound and not proximal as is...
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    First patient death

    First call of the day. 97 YOF, recent STEMI. Taking her home on hospice with DNR. We make scene and my partner is primary. He gets a small report, not much to say on it. We don't allow riders unless they are or accompanying a minor. Right before departure the family is having second thoughts...
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    NAEMT members get free hotel stays

    "Beginning April 13, you will be able to access these rooms at no cost to you through our association website. Bookings can be made in up to seven-day increments from next week and currently through May 31. We will send you additional information on where to go on our site once the booking site...
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    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...