1. J

    Advice: 911 (Non-Transport) to IFT and Back to 911 (Transport)

    Hey Y'all. Any advice for someone going back to a 911 agency after a stint in IFT?? The story goes that I got my start at a small agency that was essentially an EMT Assessment Unit (yes, we exist), and worked there for a year and a half before moving across the country and working at an IFT...
  2. K

    BLS: What would you do in this GSW scenario?

    “You are dispatched to a shooting at an university classroom for a female patient with multiple GSW: abdomen, right shoulder, bottom of right foot, and right arm. No exit wounds. Bone is protruding from the arm. Scene is still unsafe so you stage nearby. 10 minutes later, scene is declared...
  3. J

    The cup holder

    So I work a service that is primarily 911 with some transfers, what is your go to cup holder. The usual suspects always work but what if you have something that the suction canister will just bounce around. I have three but two pictures Suction canister (obvious one) Spray bottle holder (with...
  4. Maggie Yakus

    Airborne Combat Medic care for Paratroopers

    Hey this is mainly for my fellow combat medics out there. I just got assigned to an airborne unit straight out of ait/airborne school. A big concern I've heard from people is that the unit's current medics are not trained well enough to handle an airborne incident whether from the landing or...
  5. D

    SLC Ambulance

    Who provides EMS Services in Salt Lake City? Does the fire department do there own service OR is it AMR/ or another private contractor?? Just wondering---Thanks...
  6. FirstResponder

    Transfer of Care Concerns?

    Whether you respond to a nursing home for an emergency or you're giving your report in the emergency room at the hospital, you're interacting with nurses & staff. Do you feel like these conversations are not as effective as they can be? Do you and your partner have to pry information out of a...
  7. beaucait

    Capnography for EMT-B, a useful tool?

    Capnography has been said to be useful, but its not in Maine EMS protocol for basics. There is nothing wrong with reading a waveform if you are trained to do so. What do you think? Is it helpful? What scenario would you think this to be most helpful? Where do you think it would not be useful? Do...
  8. beaucait

    Acute coronary syndrome /MI/STEMI and Oxygen administration

    I heard recently that research suggests not to give O'z to a patient who is having acute coronary syndrome/MI/STEMI because it constricts blood vessels and can lead to further infarction of the myocardium. What do you guys think? Should we be giving oxygen anyway? Do you think that the damage...
  9. K

    Feasibility of starting a live stream web CME for a fee?

    One of the agencies I work for utilizes a platform to give CMEs live over the web. People in our agency are able to login via a desktop or mobile devices to watch doctors give lectures on different topics and call review. There's a live chat portion that the speaker can see and participate in...
  10. A

    IFT or 911?

    I've seen many threads with this topic. I am a new EMT and have one more day of training with an IFT company. However, due to submitting various applications to different companies, I have an offer for a 911 company as well. I don't know which to pick. I understand IFTs are what you make of it...
  11. Mya

    Choking pt becomes unconscious...inserting an airway?

    I recently took a BLS CPR class to renew my cert and the instructor told us that after some time if the patient has no chest rise and fall and the object is still there, that ALS will insert an advanced airway and just push the object into the lungs. 1. If there's no ALS (I'm an EMT) do we just...
  12. M

    Most Progressive Protocols 2017

    Hey all. I am going to be doing a final essay in paramedic school and I just wanted to post on this forum to see what everyone thought. I am interested in progressive protocols and perhaps sometime in my career, be involved or start a movement for a nationwide set of protocols and more training...
  13. E

    My 2 cents...

    I was trying to figure out what emergency lights are allowed in Maryland for "Vollies" while operating personal vehicles. The law says "red and white" with consent. In conducting further research, many members of the EMTLife forum cynically implied not helping or endangering your family's life...
  14. FireDog19

    Lightning Strike

    First scenario, constructive criticism welcome. Medic Units 2, 4 & 5 respond to 111 Party Ln. on a lightning strike, multiple patients. No further information at this time. [@19:30] You (unit 2) arrive on scene to find 4 patients, all have been drinking. Units 4 & 5 are 7 minutes out, here is...
  15. J

    Long Term BLS Airway Management for Burns

    Hi all So this is a hypothetical that I thought of as I have been looking at my next career. You are an EMT-B/ Firefighter on a wild-land fire crew. You are asked to treat a patient on a nearby crew with burns to the upper chest and neck. These injuries were caused by a drip torch being...
  16. S

    Breath sounds/BP

    Any tips for trying to listen for breath sounds and getting a manual BP in the back of an ambo that's bouncing all over the streets?
  17. K

    New BLS Service in Atlanta

    I am in the process of starting up a new company in the Atlanta area and could use a few EMTs. I am starting up with two Type-II trucks. I need two EMT-B's and two EMT-I's. Please, reach out to me if you or anyone you know is looking for work in the Atlanta area. Thanks!
  18. TeddyTheYeti

    Pay Discrepancies on EMS1, Bureau of Labor Statistics?

    Hello Family! I was wondering if anybody else finds it strange that the MEDIAN salary reported on many of these different websites is around $35,000 or $37,000 annually. For those of us who work in Los Angeles County, our tax returns would argue differently. I am curious how these stats are...
  19. EpiEMS

    BLS Automated Transport Ventilators

    So, Automated Transport Ventilators are in the National Scope for EMTs (see pg. 26)... Does anybody have them? If so, have they proven useful?
  20. B

    Interview tips

    I recently passed the NREMT and I am going to start going on interviews for EMT positions. Any tips on the interview/application process?