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GMCmedic

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After 2 straight hitches with no flights, I went back to work and made up for it. 6 aircraft in our program and we did the only flights yesterday, most notably called to transport an elderly female with an ascending and descending aortic dissection. Vitally perfect and alert, one moment were talking about her grandkids and Christmass, and within 45 seconds she was dead. Thankfully we were still on the pad, hadnt even started the second engine.
 

DragonClaw

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On a humorous note. Did you know not to use a red thermometer orally?

They couldn't stop me in time and then there was no use blurting it out to the pt.

I was horrified to learn it. But. That's that
 

Qulevrius

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On a humorous note. Did you know not to use a red thermometer orally?

They couldn't stop me in time and then there was no use blurting it out to the pt.

I was horrified to learn it. But. That's that
That’s an urban legend and yet another excuse for the “experienced” EMTs to bust a rookie’s balls. The red probe works just the same as the blue one, the probe covers are the same and both have to be sanitized after use. The probes go into the same thermometer, they’re interchangeable.
 

Seirende

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Some of the calls themselves have me, unsure. 15 year old quadriplegic. Football accident. He was depressed. Expectantly. I didn't know what to say.

35 year old AIDS pt with cancer. He weighed less than I did. He looked like a holocaust survivor.

15 year old ice skater ballerina who (per EMT , nurse, etc) has undiagnosed guillain barre.

I know y'all have probably seen so much you might not even blink at this.

But I wasn't expecting this, like this. I know you can read about them or be told. But when you arrive for the transport. They're not words on paper. They're real people that once wanted to do things.

The 94 year old with a slight hip fracture. Sure. She's got a loving family anxious for her, she's lived a full life. Her mother is like 110. But the ones that barely got started?

I dunno, y'all.
If you can consistently be respectful and kind, and maintain your patient's dignity, you're doing pretty good. You'll get used to seeing people in ill health and disability soon enough. Just treat them like humans.
 

Seirende

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That’s an urban legend and yet another excuse for the “experienced” EMTs to bust a rookie’s balls. The red probe works just the same as the blue one, the probe covers are the same and both have to be sanitized after use. The probes go into the same thermometer, they’re interchangeable.
Hmm, they taught me that red is for rectal. Makes sense to keep a separation. Probably won't do any harm to get them mixed up, but I wouldn't want a probe that has been in someone's rectum in my mouth, even if is is clean and covered.
 

Qulevrius

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Hmm, they taught me that red is for rectal. Makes sense to keep a separation. Probably won't do any harm to get them mixed up, but I wouldn't want a probe that has been in someone's rectum in my mouth, even if is is clean and covered.
Everyone is being taught that. The real reason behind the colour designation is a nation wide campaign against nosocomial infections, not because it’s a different sensing equipment. Both red and blue work exactly in the same way, and FYI the oral cavity is the dirtiest place in the human body
 

RocketMedic

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You’re doing fine.

My wandering ends on Monday so I’m excited. No more wheelchairs!!!!!!!
 

Peak

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Some digital thermometers take different lengths of time to read based on whether they are set for oral, axillary, or rectal. Taking a temp in the wrong setting can give you an inaccurate result. While many companies but only red or blue thermometers, there are many that you can switch between modes.
 

Jim37F

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Just saw Tesla's official "Cybertruck" design. I thought I was looking at an old PS1 graphic not an actual production vehicle.
Like Elon, buddy, that's not cyberpunk, that's your design team computer freezing up halfway thru... doesn't even match the aesthetic of the other Teslas, which I like, but not this pyramid on wheels...
 
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