I agree, i left out cardiology, it is my favorite subject. But I had other reasons for being interested in cardiology; however RN's do get great training with cardiology, not as much 12 lead interpretation, but that is just the very smallest bit of cardiology. I had my ACLS, before i ever started studying EMS, so I didn't really feel like I was in a knowledge deficit... see my distinction?And not cardiology as well?
Airway and cardiology is what we do G!
Sounds like you got lucky in your scenario, the weight of two people, plus a stretcher is too much for one person if something goes wrong. Who's liability will it be if you over turn your stretcher and fall on top of your patient? I'm not judging, so please don't take offense, just trying to have open dialogue.I've been to 2 scenarios while bagging patients and moving.
1- The patient has been intubated and that means a paramedic is with you and your crew. If you are riding an minimum of 2 people, that means 2 people push/guide the stretcher and the remaining one bags. I've bagged while the medic and my partner have pushed the stretcher, as well as had a medic bag and I helped with the stretcher, no biggie.
2- The patient was not intubated and I was bagging (just my lone partner and I) He pulled the stretcher from the foot of the stretcher, and because the seal needed to be maintained, I "rode the rails." In other words, you put both feet on the bottom rail of the stretcher, lean all your weight forward so you are leaning over the patient, leaving both hands free to bag. Your feet shouldn't be touching the ground, "riding the rails" can also be used for CPR while moving into the hospital/ambulance. This worked because we weren't flying down the corridor and our patient was really thin, my weight added onto the stretcher and added stability and prevented us from flying out at the corners.
Hope this helps... ^_^
No offense taken, you've made a valid point...Sounds like you got lucky in your scenario, the weight of two people, plus a stretcher is too much for one person if something goes wrong. Who's liability will it be if you over turn your stretcher and fall on top of your patient? I'm not judging, so please don't take offense, just trying to have open dialogue.
You'll get better at anything with experience, but remember the patient is going to spend more time without ventilations if the cot tips over and your wrestling to recover the situation.Yeah I hope there is scene help, but sometimes its a transfer or whatever. We run a 2 person truck so sometimes it is just you and your partner. I am sure when I get out of school I will get it with more experience.