I worked at Hall for 7 years. I worked my way from an EMT-Basic to Paramedic Field Supervisor in a few years. They paid for my paramedic school (and my wages while I was going). The only reason I left was to move to Texas. Great place to work. You can't beat it in California. Message me if you...
I have one that you can download and print on a 3x5 note card. I usually print 50 of them and hold them together with a clip or a ring. http://medicmadness.com/2011/02/3x5-patient-assessment-radio-report-card/
I don't think they meant "3rd service" in the traditional sense. They just mean you're working as a paramedic separate from the 2 major branches of public safety. Great place to work. I spent the majority of my career there.
I work at a service that carries vents on our ambulances. I have a basic understanding of their use, but I would like to find some reading material to better my knowledge on mechanical ventilation. Any suggestions?
I don't know about companies or services in that area, but I would definitely work on getting your county accreditation soon. In California, as an EMT-Basic, you will be required to obtain certification in the county in which you work. They typically require some form of written protocol exam...
Every ambulance service I have worked for stocked oral thermometers. However, I went to CVS and bought my own "temporal" thermometer. It's quick and easier to use on kids.
I agree, a temp can be an important part of an assessment.
Your right, they don't have a "statewide protocol" per-se, but they DO have a minimum and maximum scope of practice. The county medical directors essentially have a list of skills and medications to choose from. Anything outside of that can't be added without doing an approved study to prove the...
The service I work for allows EMT-Basics to check a BG. They can also administer oral glucose to correct the problem, assuming no contraindications for PO medications exists.
Having worked in California for most of my career, I can feel your pain.