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Coast Guard flight paramedic provides higher level of care in Alaska

Discussion in 'EMS Talk' started by Kavsuvb, Jun 26, 2017.

  1. Kavsuvb

    Kavsuvb Forum Crew Member

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    Here's an example of the USCG's work in Alaska and being able to work as a Flight Medic for Air Station Kodiak, Alaska
     
  2. EpiEMS

    EpiEMS Forum Deputy Chief

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    Interesting stuff - didn't realize USCG staffed some paramedics in aircraft. Seems like this is just an AK practice, though? I was under the impression that the Rescue Swimmers were EMTs, full stop?
     
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  3. Remi

    Remi Forum Deputy Chief Premium Member

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    One of the stations in AK (I forget which one) staffs with a physician.

    Or did, when I used to live there.
     
  4. CALEMT

    CALEMT The Other Guy/ Paramaybe?

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    I believe this video isn't about rescue swimmers, but sounds more like a SAR operation thats a pilot program(?) in Alaska. Or maybe she's not a rescue swimmer but flies along with them on ops to provide a higher level of care?
     
  5. VentMonkey

    VentMonkey calpuleque Premium Member

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    She's not. She's a paramedic who does clinic, and goes out on SAR's. No rappelling for the paramedics, strictly medical care. It looks like a cush gig though. There used to be a show on TWC of all channels that touched on this. They staffed with paramedics when needed, or available. I'm sure the OP can elaborate, though.

    That said, I would have rather been a rescue swimmer in the Bering Sea. That there seems like a whole lotta fun.
     
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  6. CALEMT

    CALEMT The Other Guy/ Paramaybe?

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    Probably shouldn't have typed my reply when the video was playing. This above was my impression.

    Jumping into 20+ swells in the freezing *** open ocean... sounds like a good time.
     
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  7. EpiEMS

    EpiEMS Forum Deputy Chief

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    Yes, agreed - I think the latter is the case, that's my supposition anyway.
     
  8. GMCmedic

    GMCmedic Forum Asst. Chief

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    Id do it

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G920A using Tapatalk
     
  9. StCEMT

    StCEMT Forum Deputy Chief

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    Looks like one of the best damn jobs you could ask for, but you stick me on any mountain and I am happy.
     
  10. VFlutter

    VFlutter Flight Nurse

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    I would love a job at Travis County Starflight. We joke about throwing a winch on the helicopter since we are one of the last bases in the region to still have a BK117, perfect for SAR but it will never happen.
     
  11. VentMonkey

    VentMonkey calpuleque Premium Member

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  12. StCEMT

    StCEMT Forum Deputy Chief

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    Why not? Someone has to be able to drag those Southern Illinois rednecks out of the tricky spots. :p
     
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  13. CALEMT

    CALEMT The Other Guy/ Paramaybe?

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    I would do some sort of remote area SAR in a freaking heartbeat.
     
  14. StCEMT

    StCEMT Forum Deputy Chief

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    Get paid to be a educated redneck? Damn right.
     
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  15. CALEMT

    CALEMT The Other Guy/ Paramaybe?

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    My man.
     
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  16. Bullets

    Bullets Forum Knucklehead

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    Arent there only like 500 paramedics on the AK registry in its history? I recall AK having a weird set up with their certification levels. Its not surprising that CG would put medics up there, they are probably the highest level of care for hundreds of miles
     
  17. akflightmedic

    akflightmedic Forum Deputy Chief

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    Well....My AK # is 504 and that was issued in 2004....so I think your claim is a bit outdated. But yes, we were it for 1000s of miles.

    Yes there are way too many levels of care in AK.
    ETT, EMT I, EMT II and EMT III were also certified by the state EMS. MICP (Paramedic) is licensed by State Medical Board. So in a nutshell, they have 5 levels of EMS Provider....and many places get away with the "pseudo-medic" the EMT III as they are cheaper and can do ACLS.
     
  18. EpiEMS

    EpiEMS Forum Deputy Chief

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  19. Kavsuvb

    Kavsuvb Forum Crew Member

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    In Alaska, the US Coast Guard, along with the Alaska Air National Guard's 176th wing provide Search and rescue and Emergency Medical care in Alaska. In the US Coast Guard, Emergency medical care is done by the Aircrews on the MH-60T Jayhawk Helicopter. They are staffed with two pilots, a Flight Mech and an AST, which stands for Aviation Survival tech, who is trained as a rescue Swimmer and a NREMT. The Coast Guard has PHS medical officers and their own Health specialist, which is your Corpsman, who will sometimes fly on Emergency medical missions, that would ground a civilian flight team. On Medical Missions in the USCG, they sometimes fly with 2 pilot, Flight Mech, AST and HS team, although sometimes a PHS doctor will fly along depending on the medical care needed on the flight.

    Here's an example of what a USCG HS dose


    Here's what it's like to be a USCG rescue Swimmer
     
  20. VentMonkey

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    @Kavsuvb trust me, I looked into it...about 10 years, and one back surgery ago. I'm pretty set with what I have. Thanks for sharing.

    Again, if any younger (and physically fit) providers that are on the forum thinks it's something worth their time, I too would highly recommend doing some digging, and/ or networking. Apparently we have a reliable source on here.
     
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