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Friday, March 16th, 2012
7:03 pm
Brand new EMS boots!
** I don't know if this is allowed, so mods, please delete if necessary. **

I am trying to sell a pair of brand new size 7 Rocky 4090 boots with a 10" inseam zipper.

Here is a link to Ebay

I'm willing to drop the price if anyone is interested.

If interested, feel free to comment.

Sorry to spam you guys!

Current Mood: bored
Friday, November 11th, 2011
10:10 am
Russian speaking EMT-B
Rapid Ambulance Service, is looking for RUSSIAN speaking EMT-B's
We are located in Massachusetts, in Norwood-Brockton area.
If anybody interesting send me PM or go to our website http://www.rapidambulanceservice.com/employment.html
Wednesday, September 14th, 2011
12:08 pm
Massachusetts Basic EMT Refresher Class.
My company will run Basic EMT Refresher class for our employees.
We have several openings for outside people.
Class dates are 20,22,27,29 September 2011 from 9:00 tom 17:00
Cost is $75.00 if you registry before class
“Walk-ins” are $100
Class will be held at:
Rapid Ambulance Service
901 Turnpike st. Unit C
Canton, MA 02021

Any inquires need to go to:
kevinyoungremt@comcast.net or 774-955-0657
Saturday, July 2nd, 2011
4:30 pm
Monday, April 11th, 2011
12:37 pm
My company, Rapid Ambulance Service, is looking for RUSSIAN speaking EMT-B's
We are located in Massachusetts, in Norwood-Brockton area.
If anybody interesting send me PM.
Monday, January 31st, 2011
7:27 pm

I'm speechless. And so angry I could pound holes in the walls.

I've filed a complaint with the NY State Police. Please do the same.
Monday, January 3rd, 2011
12:31 pm
Free Swag Alert
Many EMS bloggers are already familiar with Steve "Kelly" Grayson, AKA, The Ambulance Driver. If you're not familiar with his blog, please, head over and have a read. It's a strikingly well-written look into all of the life aspects of one of our own.

But that was already free.

You see, Kelly has a book published, by the title of "En Route: A Paramedic's Stories of Life, Death, and Everything in Between". I've read a few pages and it's very well written.

Seems his publisher is giving away free e-copies for your reader device from January 4-10. It's free for you, but he will make a small amount on each free copy downloaded - so please, support one of our own, head over there, and download a copy. And if you like it, buy the hard copy and put it on your shelf - or leave it on the bunkhouse desk and see how long it stays there. :-)

ETA: Kelly says the link is secure until tomorrow, when the promotion begins. Be patient!

Addtitional ETA: Fixed link.
Thursday, December 2nd, 2010
12:26 pm
It is that time of the year again :)
If somebody needs Massachusetts EMT-B Refresher class
Our company is providing one next weeek, which is open for public.

Dates: Tuesdays & Thursdays.
December 7th & 9th then 14th & 16th.
Classes are from 9a-4p.
If somebody needs CPR-refresher,
class would be on Thursday the December, 16th from 4p-6p.

EMT Refresher class is $100.
CPR refresher -$30.
Payable by check or cash at first class.

Class location:
Rapid Ambulance Service
901 Turnpike St. Unit C
Canton MA 02021
phone 781 575-0777
Sunday, October 24th, 2010
12:31 pm
More Oxygen = Less Good?
Last year Dr. Bryan Bledsoe collated and presented some research on oxygen therapy, it's biochemistry, and the implications thereof. In short, oxygen is not always good, and sometimes bad. It created less controversy than I expected, at least on the interweb. (Good summaries of it all can be found here and to a lesser, but related extend here, or you can just Google for terms like oxygen and reperfusion injury to get a sense of the history).

A smallish Australian study showed up in my in-box today, adding further research to the area. While I'm not working a lot in the field at the moment (back at uni again), I think I'm seeing small and slow trends toward less O2 use with patients rolling into the local A&E. I'm curious to see what the next rounds of Clinical Practice Guidelines for the various ambulance services here have to say.

What's happening in your parts of the world?

Current Mood: thoughtful
Wednesday, August 25th, 2010
8:43 pm
I am taking my national registry exam on Saturday for my paramedic license.

I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for ALS mega code simulator websites?

I haven't had much luck so far. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

Current Mood: & Terrified
Tuesday, April 27th, 2010
10:21 am
Ambulance Sale
Anyone have any info for selling a used Ambulance?
I have run across some auction sites but... Not knowing anything about them Im not sure if they are going to be of any use.
Thursday, April 22nd, 2010
8:11 pm
Any good podcasts out there for the beginning Paramedic student?
Monday, April 5th, 2010
4:48 pm
Portland Oregon
Does anyone on here work in or around the portland area? If so would you be willing to answer some questions about field or tech jobs?
Tuesday, March 30th, 2010
10:57 pm
12-Lead ECG Book
Hey everyone,

I come to you all asking for help from all the genius, expert medics.  : )  I want to find a book that will help me understand 12-leads a bit better.  I know 3 lead rhythm interpretation, but my knowledge is not very vast in regard to 12-leads.  Do you have any tried and true books that you would recommend to learn 12-leads?

And to encourage discussion, what are your favorite EMS books in general?  Share anything - from memoirs to study guides to textbooks!  
Thursday, January 21st, 2010
10:59 am
Apropos of this discussion, EMS1.com has posted an article on thinks to think before charging off to assist in disaster situations. It's a quick but informative introduction to the idea of doing weird stuff in bad places...*

How to be a Disaster Volunteer

*All right... weider stuff in even worse places.

Current Mood: contemplative
Tuesday, January 19th, 2010
11:35 am
Heimlich Manoeuvering
I caught the afternoon repeat of the Health Report yesterday after dropping a patient back at a country hospital. The episode is well worth a listen if you want to hear a discussion of the clash between egos, marketing, science, politics, and common sense. The inventor does not come off well...

The Heimlich Manoeuvre

In the early 1970s a new procedure for treating choking victims burst on to the scene in the United States and soon it was famous around the world. The procedure was called the Heimlich manoeuvre, named after the man who created it—Dr Henry Heimlich. It has never been used in Australia. Despite the claims of the extremely charismatic Dr Heimlich, Australian resuscitation experts believe that there isn't enough scientific evidence to support its use. So how does a medical procedure become so widely adopted without any serious scientific evidence? Australian doctors are not alone in their criticism of Dr Heimlich's methods. The most surprising and vocal critic of all turns out to be Dr Heimlich's very own son, Peter Heimlich.

This program was first broadcast on 27th July, 2009.

(cross posted to medical_geeks and onlineambulance)

Current Mood: aggravated
Friday, January 15th, 2010
9:51 pm
I am attending a meeting for a ICD support group as a guest speaker. I haven't been provided with a whole lot of information that they would like me to discuss with the group members, other then what would be helpful for them when EMS is called.

I was wondering if you guys might have any suggestions on topics that I might discuss? Or perhaps what would be helpful for these people? Any input is greatly appreciated!

Current Mood: content
Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
10:45 pm
Some interesting articles that are a bit scary...

This article serves as a reminder to be vigilant about our truck checks.
Old defibrillator batteries lead to $3.2 million Chicago death settlement

Early findings support Texas paramedics' response

FDNY suspends EMTs accused of refusing to help

Cross posted to emtb 
Monday, January 4th, 2010
12:13 am
Maybe I'm the only person that likes to talk about boots but, since they don't carry my size in stores, I like to know as much about them as possible before ordering online.

I wear 5.11 ATAC 8" side zip boots right now and tend to leave them unzipped while not on calls. I'm thinking of either getting shorter boots this round or just long boots without zips. Does any of you wear short boots or boots without side zips? What type do you prefer?

Also, has anyone tried the Haix boots? I think these look really cool.
Thursday, December 24th, 2009
1:45 am
Saving Lives
My sister just texted me the following: If you weren’t on duty and there was an accident of some kind and someone was badly hurt, you’d still try to help that person, right? I only ask because there was this news story of a woman who died and there were two emts that stood by and basically just watched all that went on because they were on break.

My response: It’s easy to watch a news story and get taken in by the spin. I know this sounds outrageous, but this was not presented with the right perspective. People die. It just happens. The EMTs didn’t cause the accident; it’s not their fault she died. It’s not necessarily anyone’s fault. Would I have helped? Maybe. I don’t know the circumstances. To literally be standing in one’s uniform, taking a smoke break as a car crashes a foot to your left and ignore the injured inside seems completely unlikely. Is it possible they weren’t as close to the accident as the news claims? Yes. Is it possible they had no gloves, no gear and were afraid to be personally injured, diseased, or sued? Yes. Is it possible they could not access the patient? Yes. Is it possible they weren’t aware the patient was severely injured or expected the dispatched unit to respond quickly or were, in fact, requesting a unit on the radio as the patient died? Yes, yes, and yes. Are there innumerable other possibilities? Absolutely. I don’t know if they made the “right” choice or not; I don’t know if I would’ve made the same decision, but I do feel that they were perfectly within their rights. In any case, as the Beatles said, there’s no one you can save that can’t be saved.
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