Originally posted by ECC+May 16 2005, 08:34 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (ECC @ May 16 2005, 08:34 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'>It is doubtful that the material used to make the catheter has changed much in a few years...I have never ever had a problem with this technique and shearing a catheter...it simply did not place that much stress on the catheter material to cause it to shear. I am not saying to put an acute angle in there...make it look like a hockey stick mebbe 120 degrees or so. I would imagine that trying an acute angle (boomerang anyone?) may cause catheter shear...but if you do it right...there should not be any problem...Originally posted by rescuecpt@May 15 2005, 10:08 PM
Maybe I'm just dumb, but if you bend the cath, you bend the needle, right? then how do you not get catheter shear when you retract the needle? Am I not seeing something?
And no, Cap... AEMT III's are not dumb...a little slow mebbe but certainly not dumb.[/b]
I would think you only have to worry about shear if it is put back on, otherwise it wouldn't matter if you only took the cath. off once in the vein.
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Disclaimer: This is a Ghettomedic procedure...not to be tried to alleviate your boredom but to get the line on a junkie who is in arrest and there aint no other way you are gonna get the meds in! [/quote]
Ok.... where can I get that cert? - Maybe with it I can work for Philly's Medic 8 - they are in the "badlands" and have shirts that label their firehouse (Eng, B/C, Ladder, Medic) "the Narcan Task Force" (Hack on the PD's Narcotic Task Force)