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    Should EMS/Fire be armed?

    Agree.
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    Marijuana Pharmacology - FOAMed Video

    Agree 100%. In my EMS experience, alcohol killed more people that all other drugs (except tobacco) combined.
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    Weight loss ( Need help with getting started)

    First, kudos to you for wanting to fix this issue. The issues behind weight problems are more complex and convoluted than is generally believed, so don't let people judge, bully, or ridicule you. There is a phenomena called the "double burden of malnutrition," which I believe that anyone...
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    Prehospital Ethics

    Thank you again.
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    Implicit racial bias in EMS?

    When I was in EMS years ago, there was tons of bias and profiling, as it was a time of transition between the "good old days" when EMS was a "white boys' club" to more modern values of inclusiveness. I tend (because I have high-functioning autism, formerly called Asperger's Syndrome) to take...
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    The Official EMTLIFE Introduction Thread

    Thank you very much. I am working on my RN now, and I intend to challenge the paramedic exam after I take my NCLEX and the EMT course again. A lot has changed in 20 years, so I wonder if I'll even recognize my field anymore after I get certified.
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    Prehospital Ethics

    Thank you. I'm glad that things have changed.
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    Marijuana Pharmacology - FOAMed Video

    The only problem that I saw with marijuana when I worked as a medic was (and this is a belief of mine, not something I can present as a fact) were young kids in college binge-drinking and smoking reefer at the same time. There were many alcohol poisonings, as I believe that marijuana (a potent...
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    Prehospital Ethics

    Thank you. I worked for a private ambulance company (we had "first response" areas where we were cheaper than a locally supported EMS system), and--because of political and business reasons, and because the fire-rescue agencies resented us, as we were non-union--we were held to unrealistic...
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    Should EMS/Fire be armed?

    I worked in EMS for 12 years, and that was 20 years ago. I worked in some really nasty, f----ed up areas under awful circumstances. The only reason why I could imagine a paramedic carrying a gun would be for dangerous animals. I work in South Florida, so we have alligators and crocodiles . ...
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    Prehospital Ethics

    Thank you, and I appreciate you weighing in. As a paramedic, we were expected to be pragmatic and practical. We were definitely concerned with ethical considerations . . . but we were also expected to do what we had to do to save peoples' lives. In this instance, I put my student in charge...
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    Prehospital Ethics

    Thank you. And yes, it was a while ago. At the time, we were moving quickly because the kid was in really rough shape . . . and I may have not been paying as much attention to the parents as I should have been (an example of tunnel vison on my part). The kid had non-ketotic hyperosmolar...
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    Prehospital Ethics

    Hi Guys: I haven't worked in EMS for almost 20 years due to a duty-related injury . . . and now that medicine has advanced, we have reached a place where my injury can be fixed and I can get back on the truck and work in EMS again. Yet I know a lot of things have changed in the field, and I...
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    The Official EMTLIFE Introduction Thread

    Hi Guys, I'm an ex-paramedic and EMT (I worked in EMS for 12 years) before I got sidelined with a spinal injury. Well, medicine does advance, and what was unfixable years ago has now been able to get fixed surgically, so I'm working on my RN, and intend to take EMT school again so I can...

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