October 31, 2010

I'm Free!

So, finally after 6 months with my partner that would question my calls infront of patients ruining any trust they had in me, argue with me on the drugs we have (Saying that Narcan can reverse the effects of Marijuana...) and just not getting my awesome sense of humor:

I'm finally getting a new partner.

My old one is starting his Paramedic school internship (scary thought in and of itself) so as of right now I have no set partner and will just pickup whoever needs OT. Fine by me as I've worked with a few different people before when my partner was off for the shift and never had any qualms or problems with any of them. Should be fun.

But at the same time, I'm sending application after countless application out right now to agencies within a ~200ish mile radius looking for a 911 gig. As of right now, I wouldn't mind driving 2 hours to do a 24hr shift. Wish me luck on the job hunt.

October 28, 2010

Ahh Doctors... I love them

I had to transport a dissecting abdominal aortic aneurysm last night.

Whilst in the ER one of the nurses asked the doctor "Think we should send a nurse along with in the back just in case?"

Doctor looked at me, asked "You're a Paramedic?"

I said "Yup"

Doctor said "Why would we send a nurse then?"

I love doctors that actually know the different levels of providers, and what each can do.

October 18, 2010

New CPR / ACLS guidelines

Yup.. they're out. Does it make me an EMS geek for having actually looked forward to them coming out?

My big happiness is more of semantics rather than of sciene--- finally getting rid of ABC and making it CAB. Call it a pet peeve of mine, but ever since EMT class, I HATED saying ABCs, and I AWAYS checked for a pulse before breathing. It might just be me, but hey, if they don't have a pulse, whatever respirations may or may not exist don't really mean crap.

Now, just to find out when my company will implement these into protocols... granted it's not like we run on many codes doing transfers, but it happens.

October 5, 2010

EMS Expo 2010

So, seeing as how I live in the DFW area of Texas, I was able to attend EMS Expo in Dallas last week. Loved it.

Got to meet many of the "more popular" medics in this industry such as Jamie Davis, Chris Montera and Kyle David Bates, along with the "Chronicles of EMS" creators, Thadeus Setla and Justin Schorr.

As odd as it sounds in our little community of EMS, I was star-struck. Those people are the ones that made me want to start this blog and get involved in the EMS 2.0 movement, and above all, make myself a better medic.

The expo itself had many cool exhibits, with new 'toys' I got to play around with, such as "high-def" laryngescope blades, video-laryngescopy, and the future of EVOC--- driving simulation.

If you ever get a chance to go to EMS Expo (Las Vegas next year) or any of the other EMS conventions, I'm sure, you'll have a great time.

Plus, free swag.