Your stop for everything having to do with EMS. KIK: ouremssite
Overheard in the ER
Nurse 1: “We’re going to need to check for blood in the stool. Can you get me a sample?”
Nurse 2 gloves up and goes in. Patient is heard groaning. First nurse looks over and with a shocked look on his eyes says, “uhm all I needed was a sample, you threw in a prostate exam?”
Never have I had a more difficult time not bursting out in laughter in front of a patient.
Apparently chest tightness radiating to neck and arms as well as SOB, history of heart failure, 3 MIs, a pulse of 120 and BP of 86/46 is “not worth a medic eval” and we can “go ahead and send her up BLS”
Yeah that’s why they called a stemi the second they saw the EKG. Totally BLS
That’s horrible. I’ve seen many times this happens without repercussions because of lacking or non existent QA/QI. Still I’m not making excuses, I don’t like to Monday morning quarterback calls, but just the complaint should prompt ALS interventions.
Cutting straight to the point, and please excuse me if the answer is obvious, is it at all possible to work a paid service while in college? The school has a student volly service otherwise, but a bit of the extra income while in school would be nice.
Yes it can be done. I have seen many medics do it and be very successful through it. It all depends on how well you are at prioritizing your school work, job and personal life. Don’t take on too much and end up failing in school. If you have to well you have to, I know I don’t have the luxury of taking time off work to continue my education. I have told more than a few of the younger generation to stay in school and not pick up too much dept so they can guide their future with less restrictions from responsibilities. Hope you succeed in your education no matter what your decision.
ps. loved the please be gentle tag. As a general rule, don’t ask for that in the field, that’s like blood in the water for sharks.
Unless you are going to be going through a first responders course you are definately going to be going through ride alongs. The educational department has to have agencies that are going to allow the students to participate. I’m sure they will set up all the necessary paperwork and releases. My area has a few high school programs like the one you are talking about and there’s never been a problem when the ride along issue came up. Some companies would allow you to ride along without the school but you have to talk to them about that. Every company is different and I’ve heard of more than a few that don’t like it if the person isn’t enrolled in an ems course. My company, on the other hand, doesn’t mind it but you do have to sign some paperwork and submit some personal info such as ID.
Hope this answered some of your questions. Feel free to ask if you have any other questions and good luck with your education.
Yes, there are set hours required per level. Depending on your educational group they may go way above and beyond what the national curriculum requires. I know I have one paramedic student I’m precepting and he is doing almost double the hours. The school he is with values the ride time and augments the hours to allow more hands on with the same preceptors they make contact with. So the best place to find out how many hours you will need is to talk to your local training centers or college and see what their requirements are. You might be surprised at the differences between two orginazations.
Me: Sir, how much did you have to drink today?
PT: 400,000 drinks
Me: uhh it's 0930..
PT: I know, it's my usual.