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Tuesday, January 6th, 2009
7:35 pm - medical miricles

Her body was 'ice cold' and her heart stopped, but Duluth woman survived
A Duluth woman falls in the snow on a cold night and slips into unconsciousness. Hours later, her body temperature falls to a dangerous 60 degrees, and her heart stops beating. But she survives, amazing her doctors.

Janice Goodger’s body temperature had fallen to 60 degrees – as cold as Dr. Chris Delp has ever seen – and so cold that it appeared as if she couldn’t possibly survive.

Instead, the 64-year-old Duluth woman will walk back into St. Luke’s hospital for a simple checkup today, just days after what Delp, an emergency room physician at the hospital, called an “amazing” medical journey to the brink of death and back.

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Duluth Newstribune Jan 06, 2009 7:30pm

current mood: sympathetic

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Sunday, December 28th, 2008
6:13 pm

I'm about to start my EMTB certification course in Massachusetts, it's a night course offered at my college. I've checked various websites for more information on this, but none have been very helpful; does anyone know how good EMS job opportunities in Massachusetts are, around the Boston/Cambridge or Plymouth county areas? I'm in PC right now, but I'm willing to move out to the city provided I can find a reasonably priced apartment (a long shot, I know.) If they're really dismal, I could try moving to Rhode Island or even New Hampshire, but I'd prefer to avoid that for now. Thanks in advance for any advice.

X-posted to onlineambulance.

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Thursday, October 16th, 2008
9:46 pm - IIIIIIIIIII like it :)


Study: Bee Gees' 'Stayin' Alive' Has Perfect Beat for CPR

Sounds like the Bee Gees knew what they were talking about — and were years ahead of medical research.

The band's iconic 1977 disco anthem "Stayin' Alive" provides an ideal beat to follow while performing chest compressions as part of CPR on a heart attack victim, U.S. doctors have found.

The American Heart Association calls for chest compressions to be administered at a rate of 100 per minute during cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR. Ironically, "Stayin' Alive" chimes in with 103 beats per minute, Reuters reports.

In a small study headed by Dr. David Matlock of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, listening to "Stayin' Alive" helped 15 doctors and medical students to perform chest compressions on dummies at the proper speed, according to the Reuters report.

"The theme 'Stayin' Alive' is very appropriate for the situation," Matlock told Reuters. "Everybody's heard it at some point in their life. People know the song and can keep it in their head."

The findings will be presented this month at a meeting of the American College of Emergency Physicians in Chicago.

Dear chief, plz make lifepack play song, k thx!!  :D hehe

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Saturday, September 20th, 2008
11:41 am - Books

Hello everyone!

I'm posting an entry in search of good EMS books. I don't mean textbooks, I mean novels. Fiction, non-fiction, autobiography, biography... anything, really. I've already read several, but there are tons more out there, I'm sure, that I've yet to read. Here's what I've read so far:

Ambulance Girl: How I Saved Myself by Becoming an EMT - Jane Stern
Bringing Out the Dead - Joe Connelly
In the Arms of a Stranger - Dale J. Bingham
Paramedic - Peter Canning
Ambulance: A True to Life Day of Two Medics - Al Shepard
Rescue 471 Peter Canning

That's my track record so far. I highly recommend all of them. However, I'd like to know if there are any others out there that I should read! Just leave me an author, a title or an ISBN number so I can look it up. :)

I'm also interested in firefighting novels and military medic novels, so if you know of any like that, those suggestions are welcome too!

Thanks guys!

current mood: Headachey

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Monday, August 25th, 2008
1:01 pm - Question about Austin, TX

I'm an EMT in Boston, so this is completely out of my region. =)

One of my friends has been living in Austin, TX for about a year now and is looking into taking an EMT-Basic class. What are your recommendations?

Any information will be appreciated!

Thanks, and stay safe out there,


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Wednesday, March 5th, 2008
8:14 am - DNI?

I have a question:

I have been working in EMS for the last 11 years. I have seen a lot of changes in this time. But last night I had something happen to me, I have never had happen before.

We went to pick up a patient for a hospital to hospital transfer and the nurse tells me the patient is a DNI. I asked her what the hell is a DNI. Do Not Intubate. Basically if the patient codes (and this one is a candidate for this) do everything else, BUT intubate. ???????

Have anyone dealt with this?

And if so, how did it go?


current mood: curious

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Sunday, January 27th, 2008
8:43 am - :: question ::

Hi - I have what should be a relatively simple question, but I am interested in your responses.

When you look for MEDICAL ALERT jewelry, wallet cards, etc. on a patient, do you typically look for the emergency medical symbol, the winged / double-snake Caduceus, the single snake-on-staph .. or does it really not matter?

Many thanks.

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Thursday, January 3rd, 2008
3:37 pm - Why do we do this job, anyway?

Someone I know is debating whether to enroll in an EMT-B class, and wanted my opinion. After writing it out, I re-read it, and decided it was worth cross-posting, just to see if anyone else had any input on it.

So why DO we get into this field? And should someone else?

I'm 45 years old. I still work as an EMT; my primary duty slot is in dispatch, but I do at least one "road" shift a week to maintain my skills. However, it's definitely a job for people with a few less miles on their frame than me. It's a harsh working environment, it's strenuous work, and the hours are horrendous. You'll be exposed to every fluid the human body is capable of producing, sometimes in large quantities. You'll be exposed to diseases on a regular basis. You're likely to see the insides of the human body first-hand, without benefit of a surgeon to put everything back where it belongs. And quite a few products of the body have absolutely sickening smells...and those are the ones which are most likely to wind up splattered across your uniform shirt at dinnertime.

Being an EMT will make you very cynical, and frequently question whether Homo sapiens can and should survive. You'll come across people who are candidates for Darwin Awards. You'll develop a very dark sense of humor, and laugh when someone sings the phrase "Start your day with a D-O-A, doo-dah, doo-dah...". You'll either gain weight from snacking in lieu of eating actual meals, or lose weight from NOT snacking and then not having time to stop for lunch/dinner/whatever.

You're likely to screw up your back, your knees, or some combination thereof, because you and your partner got sent to pick up the 600-pound patient who fell on the floor, and the local volunteer fire department couldn't get anyone "out the door" to come help with lifting.

You'll see every phase of human life, from birth to death, inclusive. You're likely to be called on to help a woman deliver her baby, and you will frequently have someone's grandmother or grandfather or husband or wife or child die under your hands as you perform CPR while trying your best to ignore their family's sobs and pleas to "bring them back."

And the pay positively sucks.

That's a LOT of "down" side arguments. So what's the "up" side?

You will come into the lives of people who are, quite possibly, having the very worst day they've ever had, and you will keep that day from getting any worse...and you have the opportunity to make that day much, much better. And at least one of the people whose life you touch in that manner will never forget your name or what you did for them.

That, to me, makes the difference. And it's why I still go to work every day.

To quote Mercedes Lackey, "there can be no answer here but one...and that's your own."

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Thursday, September 27th, 2007
9:46 pm - So True...

Five Differences Between Paramedical School and Hell

1. At least you can sleep in hell.
2. You can't flunk out of hell.
3. It's more fun getting into hell.
4. Everyone has heard of hell.
5. It doesn't rain in hell.

Ain't that the truth?

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Wednesday, August 15th, 2007
1:58 am - used spineboard?


I'm lookin for a used spineboard with all the fixin's (straps and head immobilizer) for personal use. I ride with an offroad enthusiast group and soemtimes we are 10-30 miles from the nearest ambulance-acessable road. In a bad situation, (but not bad enough to warrant a helo) a backboard would be great to stabilize a rollover victim for transport over rough terrain to the waiting ambulance. Several in the group are EMT B, I, and P as well as nurses...

Anyone's departmetns looking to sell stuff, or know where I can find stuff? A new set-up would run about $160...


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Monday, July 30th, 2007
8:26 am - AMR Strike?

It will be a sad day if EMTs and Paramedics have to go on strike.
Strike?Collapse )

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Sunday, July 22nd, 2007
6:44 pm - Clear the farkin' intersections!!!

I went on a call today that none of us wants to go on, ever.
"Priority 2, motor vehicle collision involving an ambulance."

Not one of our rigs, thank Ghu. It was a volunteer-corps unit. They were transporting a chest-pain patient with a cardiac history.

The driver was running red lights continuously, but siren only intermittently. And, according to witnesses, he did a "rolling stop" at the intersection where the collision occurred. Again according to witnesses, the ambulance was up on two wheels for about 30 feet.

I transported the driver and one of the EMTs from the rig. They were both off the spine boards and out of the collars before I finished my PCRs.

Lesson 1: Clear the intersection. Most traffic laws let emergency vehicles operating in emergency mode ignore laws regarding speed, direction of travel and so forth, as long as the operator of the emergency vehicle has due regard for life and property. That means making sure you can stop for pedestrians, making sure nothing's coming before going into an intersection, and so forth.

Lesson 2: if you're going to run in emergency mode, DO IT. No "half" modes. Every company I've ever worked for makes it very clear: if the red lights are on and the vehicle is moving, the siren MUST be on...otherwise, you are NOT operating in "emergency mode" and that little clause in the traffic law doesn't kick in.

As a sidenote...the ambulance driver (who was not an EMT) did NOT get a ticket out of it. Why? Because the cop figured there was no sense in adding insult to injury, and since no one received any injuries, the ambulance-corps chief officer could do a LOT better job of punishing the driver than he could. I couldn't fault that logic.

(x-posted to the_bravest)

current mood: discontent

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Thursday, July 19th, 2007
9:48 am - Humor


Three medics are walking on a beach, taking a break from an ambulance convention on a tropical island. They happen upon an antique bottle and in examining it, they all-too-predictably release the genie trapped inside. He offers them the obligatory three wishes and they agree to split them: one each.

The first medic, an Advanced EMT, says, "I want to be ten times smarter so I can better help my patients!" "A noble wish, Master!", says the genie as he waves his hands. "Granted!" The Advanced EMT is ten times smarter.

The second medic, a Paramedic, says "Well, I would like to be a hundred times smarter, to better help all the patients I have to work on." "Another noble wish!", says the genie and he makes the second medic a hundred times smarter.

The third medic, a Field Supervisor, pipes up and says, "I wish to be a thousand times smarter, in order to best help all the patients that I must care for, genie."

The genie cocks an eyebrow at him and says, "Are you quite sure that that is your wish?" "Yes, that is my wish! A thousand times smarter", asserts the third medic.

"Very well! The most noble wish of all! Granted!!", booms the genie and he waves his hands.

The supervisor is now an EMT.

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9:15 am - Moved

Greetings all.

I just moved to the Aurora/Denver Colorado area from Connecticut, I'm awaiting for my Colorado Certification (EMT-B just waiting on the FBI/CBI background check). Does anyone have any suggestions as to who is a good company to work for out here. X posted.



current mood: curious

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Wednesday, July 18th, 2007
11:18 pm - A bit of humor

I forget where I first saw these, but they're worth reviewing from time to time...

...the Three Rules of EMS.

1. EMS and Domino's Pizza both have the same goal: deliver in 30 minutes or less, and still warm.

2. Blue and green are good colors for volunteer lights...not skin tones.

3. If at any time you have to walk more than three feet between compressions and ventilations, call the code.

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12:53 pm - To The One I Love


To the One I Love

Author: Connecticut C.I.S.D. Network

I became involved in emergency service work because there is a need for people to help others who are in trouble. Sometimes there are calls I respond to, however, that are difficult to talk about - even with the person you love and trust the most in the world.

Please accept that.

There are at times experiences I suffer which hurt me very deeply, and I might bring my suffering home. Sometimes my feelings bother me so much so that I can't even talk about them. Maybe it's because I don't want you to even imagine what I've suffered, or maybe it's because I'm afraid that you won't fully understand the depth of my feelings. During these times I'll become moody or irritable, and I may not seem to care much about your feelings or problems.

Please accept that.

You love me for who and what I am. I choose to do what I do because it's so important to me and to those I help, and although it's sometimes very difficult and maybe even dangerous, I love doing what I do, and I do it well. In short, I'm proud of what I am, and I hope that you are proud of me.

There are scenes, though, when I feel that I didn't do enough - so many people out there depend upon me; there are even times I get frustrated and even angry at my co-workers, myself, even the victims of tragedy. There are times that the horrors I have to deal with just overwhelm me. That's when I have to sort things out by myself or with others who were there with me.

Please accept that.

So, please, if I have a really bad call and just can't talk, it isn't because I don't love and care for you. It's not because I doubt your love and concern for me. I'm just not ready to open up. When this happens, don't try to understand - just accept the fact that I'm hurting and that I'll talk to you when I can.

I promise.

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12:50 pm - I'll Show You


I’ll Show You A Volunteer

Author Unknown

Show me a person who spends endless hours in training without pay,
And, I'll show you a volunteer.

Show me a person where a cry for help brings split-second dispatch,
And, I'll show you a volunteer.

Show me a person who is devastated when lives are lost or maimed,
And, I'll show you a volunteer.

Show me a person who is graciously welcomed as a next-door neighbor,
And, I'll show you a volunteer.

Show me a person who takes ridicule more than compliments,
And, I'll show you a volunteer.

Show me a person whose car is garaged with the grille facing out,
And, I'll show you a volunteer.

Show me a person who sacrifices home life, TV... even tender moments,
And, I'll show you a volunteer.

Show me a person visibly moved at the strains of our National Anthem,
And, I'll show you a volunteer.

Show me a person who may be asked to give more than just dedication,
And, I'll show you a volunteer.

Show me a person who is asked to give more... and more... and more,
And, I'll show you a volunteer.

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12:46 pm - EMT Oath


EMT Oath

Written by: Dr. Charles B. Gillespie, M.D.</span>

Be it pledged as an Emergency Medical Technician, I will honor the physical and judicial laws of God and man. I will follow that regimen which, according to my ability and judgment, I consider for the benefit of patients and abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous, nor shall I suggest any such counsel. Into whatever homes I enter, I will go into them for the benefit of only the sick and injured, never revealing what I see or hear in the lives of men unless required by law.

I shall also share my medical knowledge with those who may benefit from what I have learned. I will serve unselfishly and continuously in order to help make a better world for all mankind.

While I continue to keep this oath unviolated, may it be granted to me to enjoy life, and the practice of the art, respected by all men, in all times. Should I trespass or violate this oath, may the reverse be my lot.

So Help Me God!

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Wednesday, July 4th, 2007
5:08 pm - Scene Safety is the first rule of EMT duties. And these people ARE idiots!


current mood: enraged

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Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007
7:12 pm - Blast from the past.. a prop from the TV show Emergency..

I collect things, electronic props from TV shows. Star Trek, etc.

But, for one prop, I actually made from a shell.
I got a prop working. A Datascope EKG monitor and Defib from Emergency.

I had a biomedical engineer juice down the battery so the paddles only charge to 5
joules max, about enough to make a goose bump if you were touching them for safety
reasons when "shocking" so I can demo the defib and EKG at conventions just for fun. It
stores enough power so the sounds and lights work like the real thing or it can run
off the wall current.

Listen to the sounds I recorded from it to go with these pictures.
Played, are EKG in sinus rhythm, going v-fib, then a shock, then a little
later,a shockable irregular arrythmia getting cardioverted using the SYNC button
to fix back into NSR.

SOUND-----> http://www.voyagerliveaction.com/ekganddefibdatascopesounds.mp3

My next project will be making a biophone for looks. All of these are going
to be making an appearance at a convention room party that'll show Emergency
episodes and offer firehouse food.


This was fun. Took about a year to create this.

At least, that took shorter than a whole website devoted to this TV series.

current mood: amused

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