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How would this make things different?

From a friend...

--Imagine if we actually gained consent to use SMR with backboard.

Medic: "Sir I'd like your consent to strap you to this board."

Pt: "Will it hurt?"

Medic: "Oh yes it hurts."

Pt: "Will it save my life?"

Medic: "Oh no... Likely not. In fact as far as we KNOW for certain it will cause you harm."

Pt: "Do you have to do it?"

What a horrible, horrible story...another intubation gone wrong, flight crew.

"...The procedure was performed due to Megan’s confusion and movement at the scene. She was breathing adequately on her own prior to this procedure. Intubation was performed as a means of restraint more so than an adjunct to her breathing.

The team performed the procedure incorrectly and placed the tube not in her trachea or windpipe but in her esophagus, the tube leading to the stomach. While this is not that uncommon, it is very uncommon, and very deadly, to leave the situation uncorrected.

In fact, the more I know, the tougher it seems to get...but I get tougher too. I.

Hospital offers free Percocet in waiting room, visits/costs drop!

"...Local resident Patricia Storm, who used to have a Tylenol allergy raves about the new program. “I used to have a Tylenol allergy but that is when I had to wait three hours to get Dilaudid! Now all I have to do is walk in take a handful of Percocet and head home. My day isn’t ruined by my 10/10 pain...”

Say Hi to Christina318 if you get a chance?

Hi all!

Christina318 is a new member, and I'm pretty excited about that. I've never met her, in fact, for most of our 'relationship' I stalked her around some Facebook conversations just enjoying her posts. Thank goodness I finally asked her to join.

Finally Arrived

;I have been posting every once in a while, though I was not yet an EMT. I started "stalking" as soon as I enrolled in school, well before I even started. I knew it was what I wanted to do. I was (am) the quintessential geek. 

Noc's EPIC rant...

Gleefully stolen from Nocturnal Medics... Noc's EPIC rant. Dare you not to laugh before you're done reading! (Meant to be humorously, irrationally, apologetically glorifying to medics, so no crying!)

Q: How many paramedics does it take to change a light bulb?
A: Just one, he stands on a ladder and holds the bulb while the world revolves around him.


I do love our lady providers!

Kind of a cool picture...

I think that this is a missing ingredient in much medical education...

It is more important to know what sort of person has a disease than to know what sort of disease a person has.

– Hippocrates