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    EMT and Dispatcher

    Not to butt heads, but at our local community college, passing EMR is required in order to go on to EMT. Unless you can provide proof of some prior medical training. Most people I know go through the college to get certified. Does everyone go through the college? Nope, do they have to? Of course...
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    EMT and Dispatcher

    First off, you could probably merge these two threads together. Second, being a dispatcher (may) require(s) different certifications than say being an EMT. You say you won't take your EMR course but you will take EMT? EMR is a stepping stone to EMT. I don't know where you live but in my county...
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    CA Ambulance Cert vs. Ambulance License

    Depends on what county you're working out of. Some in CA have their own requirements.
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    What is your most ridiculous call?

    We lugged the PT's FIVE BAGS he was discharged with. Along with his fake leg, I had to push the gurney with one hand and hold a commode in the other!
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    What is your most ridiculous call?

    Yesterday my emt partner and I responded to a BLS transfer, a home discharge from med/surg in a local hospital. Dispatch originally said the call needed a wheelchair/gurney van for the pt, "or whatever closest unit". So we show up on scene, get a set of vitals and I take report from the nurse...
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    the 100% directionless thread

    @VentMonkey that day time temp doesn't sound too bad. I didn't know it can get that cold down there? And ditto to that. It was 26F° here in SoCo the other morning. Cold winters now include high wind and fire danger for the north bay hills. It's like deja Vu all over again.
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    The absolute begining.

    To add on to what Gurby said above, a Littmann for $70,$80 is a worthwhile investment. OP here's the stethoscope I use. In case you're looking for one. Doesn't blow the bank and gets the job done. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000F4OYFS/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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    The absolute begining.

    That's great you have a use for one though. I guess it just depends on the job. Running BLS IFT I have no need for one.
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    The absolute begining.

    A utility belt to hold all of that ;) Pretty much what everyone else said above. Best of luck!
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    AMR sutter IFT position?

    Initially when this division started up the turnover rate was high. It's relatively stable now. I can't speak for the whole division because I work out of Sonoma. I know Sac, Placer and SF may have openings you can transfer over to after 6 months. The honest answer, it's hard to transfer over...
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    AMR sutter IFT position?

    No our division does not offer those classes unfortunately. While it's mainly bls, you can come in and work as an rn for a cct unit or one of the air transport units. Honestly this division is best for new EMTs who want to get their foot in the door. For attending courses I think that falls down...
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    Choking pt becomes unconscious...inserting an airway?

    Oh okay gotcha. However, would this pt still be getting adequate ventilation's if you were bagging them with 21%/100% oxygen? I have this feeling that the foreign object in the airway would be causing some resistance and hinder tidal volume while using a bvm?
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    Choking pt becomes unconscious...inserting an airway?

    If your pt was choking and is now unconscious, yeah as everyone said above follow your local protocol and use BLS adjuncts. Insert your OPA and use high flow O2 via NRB or BVM and provide chest compressions if pt is pulseless and apneic. Hook up to AED and get a shock on board. For some...
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    AMR sutter IFT position?

    That is correct to my knowledge, however once you hit your 40 hrs/week, anything more is OT. As far as I remember... I work PT so that never happens.
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    Long Distance

    If the LDT involves hills, make sure to eat more than a few hours in advance. I learned the hard way early Christmas day morning last December!
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    San Francisco area EMS

    So for IFT in SF, AMR has it's Sutter Division strictly devoted to Sutter Health and 100% IFT calls. There are some CCT shifts but 95% of the workforce down there is BLS. A great stepping stone job but maybe not what you're looking for if you're going into medic school. Like @RocketMedic said...
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    Ambulance Ops

    Thought about it haha. The EMT teching the call is an FTO and he was with a trainee. They jumped into our rig and my partner drove them. I on the other hand volunteered to jump in the broken rig with the FTO's partner. And she just happens to be pretty cute. So... ;)
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    AMR PT status

    Up where I am, it's pretty similar to what CALEMT said in Option A. 3 shifts a month minimum. Fill in as needed.
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    Ambulance Ops

    Had this happen to the other on duty crew when I was working about a month ago. It was about 0300 and we awoke to our friends calling us asking for assistance half a mile away cause their rig's suspension blew out while transporting a 5150. So we respond after contacting dispatch and transfer pt...
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    Pt social security number

    I agree with Akflightmedic. In my experience, the face sheet and pcs rarely have the pt's SSN. I work IFT and we almost never require it.

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