That’s a good point. I guess if the majority of our departments were not in rural areas it wouldn’t be such an issue.Originally posted by MMiz@Jun 16 2004, 04:53 PM
Our ALS and Paramedic First Responder (One medic in a Tahoe) carry the LifePak12. ALS is no more than 5 minutes away, and the farthest hospital would probably be 10-15 minutes coding.
I really think it all comes down to cost. As a private company, I dont think they can rationalize spending so much on a unit when ALS is so close. I also know the units we carry have the PulseOx, BP system, Vent monitor, and a few more add-ons.
As a basic are you trained to do EKGs? Do you have ACLS too?
very interesting, thanks for sharing.
We are trained to recognize basic rhythms (vfib, vtach, brady, etc.) It also is handy when we intercept with ALS in route to the hospital (which happens on most of our ALS calls) because we can already have the patient on the monitor and be running tape when the Medic boards.
We aren’t ACLS - I don’t see that happening in the near future either. I'd be happy if they'd give us advanced airways!