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    Exemplary Private/Non-Profit Services?

    Which private or non-profit EMS services do it right? Some priorities: High hiring/employment standards Progressive protocols Involved medical director Top of the line equipment Generous compensation Access to quality continuing education Supports growth/advancement Are there any out there?
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    EMS Stagnating?

    Another thread got me thinking about my career over the past 20 years and how much (and little) it has changed. What about EMS? Treatment protocols haven't changed much in 20 years. Ambulance design philosophy hasn't changed, nor have we seen significant advancements in technology. Education...
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    Defunding Police: Impact on EMS?

    Recently there seems to be a growing movement to defund police forces. What sort of impact do you imagine it would have on EMS?
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    Too Many Hoops to Jump Through?

    In North Carolina it seems like a paramedic makes $15-$20 an hour. Looking at local agencies, they require: Online application Physical agility test Written test Oral interview Patient simulator test Academy Third-ride status with FTO until certain milestones met That seems like a lot of work...
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    Could you Pass the NREMT in a Week?

    After being out of EMS for a number of years I was looking at what it would take to transfer my cert to a new state. I'd need to pass the NREMT, which is unlikely. Could you pass the NREMT written and practical test if you had to take it now? You have a month to go all out to prepare. What...
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    Happy New Year!

    Thanks for spending 2019 with us, we had a great year! We hope everyone has a safe and rewarding 2020!
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    EMTLife is Back (with some data loss)!

    After 18 hours of downtime due to a server crash, EMTLIFE is back up with backups from Friday evening. The site was restored from backups. A number of posts and threads posted after the last backup was made have been lost. I appreciate your patience. Please let me know if anything appears...
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    Online Paramedic Training = Read and Quiz?

    Being about half-way through my online Anatomy and Physiology class I'm surprised that the entire course seems to focus around reading a chapter from the textbook, taking a reading quiz, then taking module quizzes. No synchronous learning (video conferencing), no videos, no forums, and no study...
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    Paramedic School with only 20 On-Site Days?

    Looking at Paramedic programs in the area, I'm wondering if it's possible to become a competent Paramedic with only 20 days of on-site learning over a nine month period. What do you think?
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    Forum Upgrade!

    And with a blink of an eye we are using a new version of XenForo. Post your questions, comments, and feedback here. We appreciate your patience as we transfer some of the features to the upgraded version. Updates: TapaTalk Fixed (2/2) You can now change from a light/dark style by clicking...
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    Adventures in Learning ECG Interpretation

    I purchased and read Dale Dubin's book a couple of times. I understand very little of it, it's as if I am reading a foreign language. I'm now looking for: Rate - Understand Rhythm - Is this just rote memorization? Axis - Still not sure about this one. Can't even formulate questions at this...
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    Learning Pharmacology (another language?)

    I'm messing around with learning pharmacology to see if I'm even capable. I see something like: I don't know what anticholinergic, parasympatholytic, or acetylcholine even mean. Even looking up anticholinergic, I barely understand the term. So how do people learn their meds? Is it rote...
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    The biggest advancements in EMS in the past decade...

    Every time I interact with EMS I can't help but feel as though the profession in many ways isn't too different than it was portrayed in Mother, Juggs, and Speed. What are some of the biggest innovations in EMS in the past 10 years? Powered stretchers? i-gel airways? Advanced Practice Paramedicine?
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    Doctor X (with a PHD in Biblical Counseling from a Diploma Mill)

    Is it ethical for an EMS educator to refer to himself as Doctor Lastname when he has an online degree in Biblical Counseling from an unaccredited diploma mill?
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    Paramedics called to Austin bomber's home 10 hours before he died

    Paramedics called to Austin bomber's home 10 hours before he died PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (KXAN) - Paramedics from the Pflugerville Fire Department responded to the Austin bomber's house the day before officials closed in and he died after detonating a bomb. On March 20 around 4:01 p.m., the fire...
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    Trust other provider's interpretation?

    Would you trust another provider's interpretation of an EKG or patient condition and treat your patient based on that knowledge? Do you always verify yourself before you treat?
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    A man collapsed with ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ tattooed on his chest. Doctors didn’t know what to do.

    A man collapsed with ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ tattooed on his chest. Doctors didn’t know what to do. Doctors in Miami faced an unusual ethical dilemma when an unconscious, deteriorating patient was brought into the emergency room with the words “Do Not Resuscitate” across his chest. Read more!
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    Outrage at ambulance boss who told his employees to KILL THEMSELVES if they don't like their job Re

    Outrage at ambulance boss who told his employees to KILL THEMSELVES if they don't like their job A county official in South Carolina is under fire after he told a group of Emergency Medical Service (EMS) workers to go 'kill themselves' if they didn't like their work conditions. Richland county...
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    Columbus to invest in firehouse ‘vending machines’ for drugs

    Columbus to invest in firehouse ‘vending machines’ for drugs Columbus firehouses soon will have vending machines that dispense life-saving drugs instead of sweet and salty treats. About $220,000 of the city’s 2017 capital budget is earmarked for the Columbus Division of Fire to buy 18 vending...
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    Snapchat video appears to show EMT pressuring patient to drink

    Snapchat video appears to show EMT pressuring patient to drink The FDNY is hunting for an ambulance worker who apparently prodded a patient to swig liquor on the way to the hospital — and filmed the disgraceful antics. Read more!

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