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I don't know if it's illegal... However, it's certainly negligent to not use the manufacturer supplied safety equipment. And I've not seen one fire company use them here, even though most stretchers have those straps tucked behind the mattress.
I fully agree. And when see them on a stretcher and they're not used, I mention it. If they don't put them on (which they never do) I document it.From a provider level, I think that's worse. It's one thing to say, "Shoulder straps? What shoulder straps?" and a completely different thing to be able to say, "Oh, -those- shoulder straps."
Same thing here, the only time they are "acceptable" (not allowed, but will be glanced over) is when transferring the patient to the unit on the gurney. And the only time we do that is if we will be getting a 12 lead once we're in the back, otherwise, they all go on. If we have a backboard, they get fed through the top holes in the board as well. All of our gurneys have them, and if they aren't working, it is an acceptable reason to place yourself OOS to get them swapped.Really? I write up my crews if they don't use shoulder harnesses and I catch them
This and if you intubate not catching a esophageal tube, which with the addition of ETCO2 is inexcusable.Failing to maintain a high level of skill with a BVM - as well as an eagerness to use it - will put every one of your airway patients at serious risk.
I'll take all the unused chloroform y'all have! Now, if they were, however, chloropreps instead, I'm not as interested2. Use aseptic technique, when initiating IV therapy, using medications IM or Sub Q, I seen medics do this all the time. We use IV start kits that have chloroform in them never seems to get used.
LOL.. yeah I just caught that, its been a long day, I need to learn to proof read before posting <_<I'll take all the unused chloroform y'all have! Now, if they were, however, chloropreps instead, I'm not as interested
What are you planning on doing with the unused chloroform? "Does this rag smell like chloroform to you?" is not a very popular pick up line with the ladies...I'll take all the unused chloroform y'all have! Now, if they were, however, chloropreps instead, I'm not as interested