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KingCountyMedic

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So I had a cardiac arrest resuscitation the other day. Guy was at a dialysis center and collapsed. There was another medic on scene and gave him a couple of epis. Was in PEA when I got there, by the time we were in the ambulance I was pacing him and he was talking to me. It was the craziest thing I’ve ever seen
I've talked to patients with ongoing compressions a few times. It's pretty weird.
 

Chimpie

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I've talked to patients with ongoing compressions a few times. It's pretty weird.
What does the patient say when they have compressions going on? Like, if I was the pt, I'd be scared, pissed, etc. I can't imagine having a normal conversation.
 

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What does the patient say when they have compressions going on? Like, if I was the pt, I'd be scared, pissed, etc. I can't imagine having a normal conversation.
Yeah, especially since i was taught you stop compressions the second time the patient says, "Ouch!"
 

KingCountyMedic

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What does the patient say when they have compressions going on? Like, if I was the pt, I'd be scared, pissed, etc. I can't imagine having a normal conversation.
They weren’t normal it was lots of “what’s happening?!? Help me”

One guy actually said “Not again!” He had VF’d and been resuscitated two weeks prior to us seeing him for VF arrest 2 days after discharge.
 

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I spoke to a representative from Eastern Kentucky University today. Pending a transcript from another college, im looking at 11-14 classes to finish my Associates in Paramedicine, and a Bachelors in Emergency Services Administration. Seems like a no brainer.
 

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Woot, finally on vacation! Catch a red eye tonight, fly up to Alaska to meet the fam, and board the cruise ship for a week long cruise 😊
I'm working 10 days straight... then on vacation for 11 days.
What is this "vacation" thing you two speak of?
 

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@Jim37F lives and works in Hawaii, and he needs a vacation??...

@Chimpie I was looking at Manatee County EMS the other day after your post. They seem remarkably cutting edge for FL.

Nice equipment, county retirement, DSI, etc...interesting.
 

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Well I get to see glaciers and maybe some meese lol plus first time in 8 months that I've seen my folks and sister so yeah lol 😁
Would def rather live in tropics and visit the cold vs the other way around!!

Have had to work the equivalent of 5 extra shifts ea month since like Feb to afford this trip (only 2 or 3 have been able to be 24hr shifts, so I've had to pick up 4-6 12 hr holdover shifts, that turn my reg 24hr to 36hr shifts ea month

I'm working 10 days straight... then on vacation for 11 days.
Are those 12 hr shifts? They're not making you stay 10 24s in a row are they? That would suck... whats the call volume like? At least your paycheck will make mine look like a pittance haha
 

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Since I'm going off on vacation, I dropped off my truck at the mechanic to take care of a small laundry list of issues, including a couple recall notices, an airbag light, burnt out dash lights, and even a wierd leak of some sort where I get a puddle in my passenger side floorboard if I'm driving around in the rain. Figured since I'm out of town for 8 days is the perfect time to deal with all that. Due to the airbag being an issue, I dropped it off at the dealer. Gonna be like $3-400 for diagnostic they said -_-

Fortunately our union scored an $1800 bonus as part of contract negotiations earlier this year (on top of a 2% base pay raise), still have 1400 of that lol, that's going towards the repair, so I can keep getting to OT shifts and pay off debt and eventually save up to start looking into buying something new.
 

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Well I get to see glaciers and maybe some meese lol plus first time in 8 months that I've seen my folks and sister so yeah lol 😁
Would def rather live in tropics and visit the cold vs the other way around!!

Have had to work the equivalent of 5 extra shifts ea month since like Feb to afford this trip (only 2 or 3 have been able to be 24hr shifts, so I've had to pick up 4-6 12 hr holdover shifts, that turn my reg 24hr to 36hr shifts ea month


Are those 12 hr shifts? They're not making you stay 10 24s in a row are they? That would suck... whats the call volume like? At least your paycheck will make mine look like a pittance haha
It’s CalFire, of course they are 24 hour shifts.
 

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They're not making you stay 10 24s in a row are they?
Yeah, but its self inflicted voluntary OT. I work in a slow battalion where I sleep all night every night. I actually picked up OT at the busy stations so I can remember what its like to be a paramedic and to keep up on skills.

so I can keep getting to OT shifts and pay off debt and eventually save up to start looking into buying something new.
Be like me and pick up 5 days of OT for the month and pull close to 4k on your OT check.
 

Jim37F

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Our OT is a little more fickle at the moment, cant work more than 36 hours straight, and with the new recruit classes most of the opening are currently filled, at least till we have a few more guys retire at the end of the year lol
 

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I haven't had an asthmatic light a fire under my *** like the one tonight did all year. Love those calls. Can actually see things work and do **** that helps their outcome, but this won't leave some debilitating impairment.
 

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@Chimpie I was looking at Manatee County EMS the other day after your post. They seem remarkably cutting edge for FL.
Nice equipment, county retirement, DSI, etc...interesting.
Yeah, EMS is part of public safety (911, EM, Beach Patrol, Animal Services) and has full county benefits. The Community Paramedicine is moving underneath EMS (where it should be).

It's also a very busy system in a rapidly expanding county. We're just shy of 400,000 residents, with a projected growth of about 20,000 new residents a year. Not to mention the snowbirds and tourists that add to the population. New stations, additional ambulances will be added as we grow.

And because we're on the Gulf Coast, we have hurricanes. Irma was probably our county's largest operation in recent years, and EMS sent up a strike team to the panhandle for Michael.

So if you want action, be sure to consider Manatee County EMS.
 

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I haven't had an asthmatic light a fire under my *** like the one tonight did all year. Love those calls. Can actually see things work and do **** that helps their outcome, but this won't leave some debilitating impairment.
In those cases we have standing orders for Mag Sulfate. Last time I had one I don’t know if it was the mag or everything else I did, but watching those diff breathers turn around is close to magical.
 
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