Featured Blog Posts – June 2011 Archive (5)

Jake and the Man

Nothing on the floor but dirt, roaches and him. The carpet was stained beyond repair, food, beer, piss and shit mostly. That would have to be replaced in a few weeks when they finally got rid of the tennant. Three weeks at the most, probably one or two, it wouldn't be long, now.

"Jake" stood guard. The smell that nearly knocked me over didn't bother him, he circled his master, protecting him from the intruders.…

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Added by Michael Morse on June 22, 2011 at 8:38am — No Comments

Best and Worst

A heroin overdose brings out the best and worst in us.

The best part: determining the reason for the unconscious, not breathing patient, bagging, supplemental 02, administering Narcan either IM or IV, watching the patient return, first the color, then the respirations and finally the eyes opening, finishing with the usual, what happened? There is little in EMS more satisfying than seeing the results of your work so dramatically displayed.

The worst part: Having the patient turn…

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Added by Michael Morse on June 18, 2011 at 6:05pm — No Comments

Is A Flight Crew Job Within Your Reach?



How hard is it to earn an air ambulance flight crew job?

 

Is it possible to start as a first responder or Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and work your way up to flight paramedic?  Flight…

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Added by Troy Shaffer on June 17, 2011 at 11:04pm — 3 Comments

Gratitude

She was concerned, and well she should have been- her husband of forty years lie unresponsive in his recliner, blank stare, drooling. Automatically she called 911, and automatically we responded. It was a meat and potatoes call for us, diabetic with low blood sugar, an easy fix, a little D-50 and he was as good as new. For the lady, we appeared miracle workers. Her husband's diabetes had always been under control, she had never seen the result of hypoglycemia.

 

Gratitude in…

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Added by Michael Morse on June 13, 2011 at 10:25am — No Comments

11 Night Visual Illusions: Do You See What I See?

 

Night time changes everything.



Reading patient vitals scribbled on medical tape, finding your black nomex gloves and walking across a field are all completely different at night.



The simple things we take for granted in daylight .....are often not so simple in the dark.



And that's just the beginning...…





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Added by Troy Shaffer on June 1, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments

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