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the 100% directionless thread

Discussion in 'EMS Lounge' started by KEVD18, Dec 11, 2008.

  1. Lo2w

    Lo2w Forum Captain

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    We joke about turning up/on the PTs 02 at the nursing home but I finally got to see it live!

    Fire: which pt is in respiratory distress?

    Me, pointing to the PT calmly eating dinner and what kind the news.
     
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  2. RocketMedic

    RocketMedic King of the Improbable

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    I'm pretty sure I was in V-tach all through the Chargers/Steelers game.
     
  3. RocketMedic

    RocketMedic King of the Improbable

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    Eh...new has a lot of advantages.
     
  4. StCEMT

    StCEMT Forum Deputy Chief

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    Yeah, but I can buy one with 15k miles and not be the one to take the price hit.
     
  5. RocketMedic

    RocketMedic King of the Improbable

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    You’re assuming there’s a significant price difference between new and nearly new.
     
  6. Qulevrius

    Qulevrius Nationally Certified Wannabe

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    Certain brands lose market value so fast that a 4-5 y.o. ride will cost 50% or less than a new one. All it takes is finding one with low mileage, which might take a while, but it’s worth it for some folks. Personally, my biggest issue with that is not having manufacturer’s warranty, and since all components have a shelf life, I prefer buying or leasing a new car.
     
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  7. Jim37F

    Jim37F Forum Deputy Chief

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    Hmm...dispatched for a stroke, 92 yo F with zero neuro symptoms, but a lil chest pain... 12 lead came back with possible STEMI...
     
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  8. Lo2w

    Lo2w Forum Captain

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    We had one on Thanksgiving, 90% blockage. Calm as could be, just woke up with a bit of chest pain.
     
  9. PotatoMedic

    PotatoMedic Has no idea what I'm doing.

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    I had one go straight to or for an emergency CABG.
     
  10. Lo2w

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    Had a unicorn today. Picked up at a SNF for a psych transfer and was greeted with all paperwork, a complete set of vitals and a comprehensive report on the patient's history and episode prompting the transfer.
     
  11. Flying

    Flying Mostly Ignorant

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    what
     
  12. Lo2w

    Lo2w Forum Captain

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    Right?
     
  13. DesertMedic66

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    The unicorn is that that very rarely ever happens. Usually at SNFs it’s like pulling teeth to get any information. Typically all I get is “I think your patient is in bed 5B” so I get no report, no paperwork, nothing, and have to hunt down staff members until I can get those required items.
     
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  14. Flying

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    That was me being more surprised than confused. A SNF or rehab facility being ready like that has never happened for me.
     
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  15. Remi

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    Yeah, but the warranty usually only covers the first few years. When you buy something that's 3-5 years old, anything that was going to go wrong that the warranty would've covered has already gone wrong.

    I'd much rather buy used if it means getting a real low mileage vehicle and saving 20%, but the last couple vehicles I've bought I got new because they were specific ones that (in these parts, anyway) hold their value really well and don't cost much less used than new. Tacomas and 4runners are very much like that around here. Jeep Wranglers and 3/4 and 1-ton pickups too, especially diesels. And people drive a lot around here, so it's not uncommon to see a 5 year old vehicle pushing 100k miles already.

    Saw an article somewhere (WSJ?) not long ago talking about how nationally, the price gap between used and new is much closer right now than usual. That certainly reflects what I see around here. Doesn't mean used isn't a good way to go, just depends on what you want and can or want to pay for. Cash for clunkers didn't do used car buyers any favors.
     
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  16. VentMonkey

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    The 4runner I’d owned prior to my Tacoma had around 100k miles driven off the lot. It ran like a brand new vehicle with maybe 1-2 minor hiccups in its lifespan with me.

    I actually miss it quite a bit, and got excellent trade in value when I bought my Taco almost 10 years ago. My wife loves her Highlander as it has ample room for our Disney trips. And, also ample room for our third child that’s on his way.

    I love having no car payment and am currently not in the market for a new (used?) vehicle, but if it’s TLDR: you can’t go wrong with Toyotas, IME.
     
  17. RocketMedic

    RocketMedic King of the Improbable

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    I honestly base my car purchases on safety and fuel economy more than anything else. Next one will be loaded with active safety tech.
     
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  18. VFlutter

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    My FJ cruiser is practically worth more than it was new in 2013 :cool:
     
  19. Remi

    Remi Forum Deputy Chief Premium Member

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    I’ve owned Tacos and 4runners and loved them. My wife has a 2010 rav4 with almost 200k on it and it runs like new. When she finally gets rid of it we want a new a 4Runner.
     
  20. Qulevrius

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    I understand where you’re coming from.

    On the other hand, based on personal experience with domestics, the bad things start happening right on the 4-5 yrs cusp, just as the manufacturer’s warranty is about to, or just expired. I’ve had these issues with multiple Chevys and made sure to stay away from used ones whenever I could (unless I personally knew the previous owner & had a complete service record). Not a big fan of buying a bag o’cats.

    At the same time, back in 2008-9 when Obama was bailing out the dying automotive industry in Detroit, GM managed to smuggle in a line of rebranded Vauxhalls. Once I saw it and having a love from 1st sight history with it, I immediately bought the Astra XR, for a steal of a price. I still drive it, just cleared 50k and the only service it had is the regular maintenance (oil, milestone tune ups etc). The only 2 big things that were replaced in these 10 years are the ignition wires + distribution cup, and a set of tires; the latter weren’t replaced because it was going bald, but simply out of precaution due to age. It’s a great, comfortable commuter with an above average gas mileage.

    And just for the record, I never disagreed with you on this subject, but IMO it’s very situational.
     
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