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What is the worst rookie mistake you've seen

Discussion in 'BLS Discussion' started by MWN1998, Jan 25, 2018.

  1. johnrsemt

    johnrsemt Forum Deputy Chief

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    I left the clipboard behind so many times my partners threatened to put Velcro on my hands and Velcro on the clipboard it to me
     
  2. rujero

    rujero Emergency Services RN/EMT-B

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    What exactly does this mean? You're saying she aimed the tip of the needle toward the distal end of the arm?
     
  3. johnrsemt

    johnrsemt Forum Deputy Chief

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    I was standing in line at Ambulance triage; about 4th; talking to the medic in front of me; happened to look at the IV hanging on their patient. Asked the medic what was wrong with the patient, and was told she was dehydrated. I asked him if it caused any cardiac issues and he looked at me like I was a moron.
    I leaned over and kind of whispered to him that he might want to replace the 500mL bag of Lidocaine that he had hanging with a 500mL bag of NS or LR. The look on his face was priceless. I give him respect that he told the ED doctor and nurses what he did; and didn't blame it on his partner, even though his partner spiked the bag.
     
  4. phideux

    phideux Forum Captain

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    Yeah, you look away for 2 seconds sometimes.
     
  5. johnrsemt

    johnrsemt Forum Deputy Chief

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    I have seen people that have great veins on the bottom of their arms, you have to fold the arm back to get at it; so when you start IV, and you point needle towards the heart, it is actually pointed at the hand. oops
     
  6. ZootownMedic

    ZootownMedic Forum Lieutenant

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    When I was a new medic I was rolling double medic with a guy who’d been at it for 20 years and who I respected a lot. Ran a teenager who had hurt his ankle skateboarding. Roll up on scene and do an assessment and see what I thought at the time was an abrasion to his ankle with some swelling and slight deformity. Medic standing behind says without hardly looking at it that it’s a puncture wound. I literally laughed and corrected him that it was an abrasion. Guess who was right? Bone had popped right through and gone back making a nice little puncture wound that looked like and abrasion. Learned not to argue with people who have been doing the job way longer because you just end up looking stupid.
     

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