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LODD [Jan. 10th, 2009|12:18 pm]

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30-yr veteran Boston FF killed returning from medical call

Godspeed, Lt. Kelley.

Consummate firefighter.

PHA is one of the steepest streets in the city, second probably only to Estey St. Both on Mission Hill. I grew up a few blocks over.

I know that stretch of Huntington well. Had a friend who lived in Mission Park when I was a kid.
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medical miricles [Jan. 6th, 2009|07:35 pm]

[Current Location |apartment]
[Current Mood |sympatheticsympathetic]
[Current Music |tv]

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
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Books [Sep. 20th, 2008|11:41 am]

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[Current Music |Viva La Vida - Coldplay]

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!
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Question about Austin, TX [Aug. 25th, 2008|12:58 pm]

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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(no subject) [Jun. 23rd, 2008|01:54 am]

Hey guys, just wanted to shamelessly promote something you might be interested in.

I've been blogging about EMS for a while now as "Sam" at On The Clock, and recently another blogger, Epi, and I started an EMS blogging project.

Essentially, every week, EMS bloggers from across the world will get together and write posts about any subject, or perhaps a themed topic, and then they will all be linked in one location. This project is called Normal Sinus Rhythm, and took place for the first time today.

Please go give it a look if you have some time and check out the original posts by each blogger and perhaps leave a comment! If you have any ideas for themes you'd be interested in, please let me know or leave a comment at the blog.

We look forward to submissions from Peter Canning (author of Paramedic and Rescue 471), and Kelly Grayson (author of Life, Death and Everything in Between: A Paramedic's Memoirs), who have both agreed to be a part of this project.

Thanks so much for taking a look!

(x-posted like a fiend!)
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Opinions on a Memo [Jun. 20th, 2008|04:43 pm]

I'm looking for people's opinions on something...mind you, someone already started the ball rolling on getting this rectified, but still want opinions nonetheless..

You walk into work and a memo stating the following is posted for BLS crews:

Now, the particular software the company uses, contains limited medical history, and NO MEDICATIONS.  These 'regular' patients, aren't know by every single crew.

I'm not looking for anything but your *opinions*.  I will try to clarify any questions to the best of my ability.
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He's gonna feel that in the mornin! [May. 16th, 2008|10:40 pm]

I hate it when this happens. All the time, dammit.

How Not to Come Down From a Bridge - Watch more free videos

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Signal 10-13 [Apr. 16th, 2008|02:16 pm]

Some of you may have heard, two EMTs were critically wounded on Monday in Nyack, Rockland County(Lower Hudson Valley), NY. One, 19, sustaining a head injury and the other, 20, more seriously injured, losing her arm.

Multiple stories on the incident:
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And you can help with the 10-13 here:

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I work at Shock Trauma... [Apr. 11th, 2008|03:04 am]

First I'm sorry for no cut. I still haven't learned how to do that...
second, I work at Shock Trauma. I take the utmost pride in our system and I whole-heartedly believe that what we do is why we save sooo many lives. Like all medical systems in the country, there is always room for improvement and upgrades, but to privatize our medivac system would not be a good idea. Whoever wrote this opinion-letter obviously doesn't know the facts...


"Of all the things Maryland can point to with pride, one of the foremost is the University of Maryland's Shock Trauma Center - the first facility of its type, and perhaps the best in the country.
Some critics say the center is expensive. But many lives have been saved because helicopters quickly evacuated accident victims to a highly specialized trauma facility. But this expensive, tax-supported service can be abused.

Our story on Sunday showed that about half of the patients transported by state police to the shock trauma center were not seriously injured and could have been adequately treated at local emergency rooms at a third or a quarter of the cost.

Center officials say the number of patients transported is high because they often don't know the severity of injuries, and it's better to err on the side of caution. Nonetheless, another motive is financial: The slightly injured patients offset the high cost of treating seriously injured patients. So there is an incentive - other than saving lives - to fly patients to the shock trauma center.

Supplementing trauma patients with less seriously injured patients isn't without cost. Keeping the state police helicopters operational costs taxpayers $20 million a year, not including the $139 million the state is planning to spend to replace its 12 sophisticated helicopters.

A privatized helicopter service - many are used elsewhere in the country, and are better staffed - could provide the same high-level service and probably save the state money. Many emergency rooms and ambulance services are already privatized, so would this be any different? Maryland is the only state that relies on an agency - the state police - to operate a taxpayer-funded medevac system.

The state police don't bill for the service, which can easily cost $6,000. A free helicopter ride to the hospital may be great for the individual taxpayer who benefits from it, but is it something that all taxpayers - not insurance companies - should pay for?

State police logs will show that the helicopters are often used for public events - even a dinner party at a restaurant - and demonstrations at schools. With helicopter fuel costing taxpayers $400 an hour, are these expenses taxpayers can be reasonably expected to cover?

The state is conducting an audit to see if the helicopters are being used unnecessarily. Yet no one is expecting either auditors or legislators to delve to the heart of the issue, because of the overwhelming emotional commitment to this service. But no taxpayer-funded expense should be so sacred that it is immune to serious scrutiny.

Perhaps being the only state with a tax-supported medevac system makes us smarter than 49 others - but we doubt it. Unless the legislature finds the guts to examine this service, taxpayers will remain in the dark about its efficiency. Are taxpayers really going to tolerate such ignorance?"
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3 days 18 hours agoMIEMMS
The system as designed, and built is still the best trauma system in the world. Theoretically. Nobody is trying to dismantle the system but they are questioning the management of the air medical part. The Maryland State Police Aviation Command leads the public to believe that there are eight helicopters strategically placed to respond to the injured citizen in 18 minutes. Too often that's just isn't so. Many times the closest helicopter isn't there. It may be out of the area at a public demonstration, tied up at a photo op, or simply providing air taxi service for the Superintendant or some other VIP. The citizen gets to wait for the next one. The Aviation Command is top heavy with unqualified leaders who lack sufficient knowledge costing hundreds of thousands in salaries paid for from EMSOF funds. Fleet operational capability continues to decline each year and direct admissions to Shock Trauma are down. The system isn't what it used to be. The management has lost its sense of urgency for the medevac mission and continues to waste flight time and resources on unrelated activity. The helicopters cost over 8 million dollars to buy and over 2000 dollars an hour to operate. MSP can't explain why they were 5 million over budget last year in spite of the fleet falling below 66% operational capabilty for 120 days or four months in 2007. That's up from 90 days in 2006. Private services are staffed with higher qualified medical personnel per certification requirements. MSP attempted to mislead the public by using Cadets as second providers wasting more taxpayer money on unqualified personnel only for appearances. Nobody is trying to dismantle the system, just fix it and bring it into to 21st century.
M. Holt - Arnold, MD

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4 days 20 hours agoMEIMMS
The person who believes the MEIMSS system should be dismantled is probably the owner of a private helicopter company, and is seeking to make a profit himself. His lack of facts, or contrived facts are startling. I hope for this persons sake or his family members sake, we trauma nurses and this system is still in place if they ever need the help of emergency medicine, having practiced in other ICU's I assure you, if our patients went to other ER's they would not be going home at all as many of our patients do.
J. Byer - Glen Burnie, MD

This is such a bunch of bulllllshit. Whoever wrote this is someone who is pissed off that they aren't getting their way with something and has absolutely no clue what they are talking about. It infuriates me, because its these kind of assholes that develop a following and pretty soon while we're busy saving their lives from their stupidity, we get it up the ass.
AGHHHHHHHHHH! When I calm down I can develop a better reply to this
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