anonymous asked:

So Im starting traing to become a military paramedic on july 30th. Im super excited but also really nervous. I'm only 18 and I feel like maybe I won't be ready for this. we become fully trained in a year so its an intense course. Any tips or advice?

You’re right about it being intense, which is why the best advice I can give you is this- start perfecting the basics ASAP. In the army, you’re being trained as both a soldier and a medic, therefore you’re learning two skill sets at once. Your fitness level needs to be high so focus on this before you even start. It makes it a LOT easier to get through the physical stuff and still have energy for study. Your first aid skills (assuming you’ve done a first aid course at some point) can be brushed up on- practice dressings and bandaging and splinting etc etc. These are the ‘easy’ things you can master- freeing up time to practice the more complicated skills once your training begins.

One of the flaws of studying through the army is that there’s a focus on the how but not the why. Obviously this is because the majority of military work is trauma, not like civilian work where many of your calls are medical. Trauma management in some ways is a lot simpler than medical, because it all goes back to basics. Therefore, wrapping your head around the theory is important because once you’re deployed you don’t have the same kind of access to materials to review info. 

Don’t feel too nervous about your age, just because you’re young doesn’t mean you won’t do well. I’d just like to add that if it turns out you aren’t ready yet, don’t feel too bad. It’s hard to learn in such a short time space and honestly, being a paramedic isn’t one of these things where you just go to class and become capable. You need hands on experience and time to really develop. 

Good luck! 

First call of the 4th is an MVA on the interstate. I’m on the Rescue (and the only EMT) and as we pull up, Chief radios to send the EMT up right away.

Come to find out, I became head of triage for 7 patients including two kids. 

What made it better was the one truck was filled with a Latino family so the language barrier sucked and turns out the bridge on the interstate that’s 125ft above the gorge below likes to shake a lot with traffic traveling at high speed.

And I had to deal with a probie being the most unprofessional piece of shit. I was ready to throw him off the bridge.

Happy 4th of July

Reblog if you promise to be there for Medblr/Nurblr/Rescublr

I Promise to be there if:

  • You’ve had a bad call
  • Its been a long shift
  • Your patient has taken a turn for the worse
  • The day is just not going your way
  • You feel like you could do better
  • For anything at all, even if its not work related
  • And especially for the good news and great days

Feel free to message me and I will be there to talk you through anything at all. Don’t bottle it up, and don’t let it eat you. We all chose this life for one reason or another. We all understand what its like to be at the lowest of lows and the highest highs. If you need a shoulder to lean on, I’ll be here.

Psych patient story

Me and and my partner were picking up a psychotic patient to a mental facility after the ER decided he needed to leave.

Pt: hey I don’t like people looking at me, do you mind if i pull the sheets over my head?

Me: yea go ahead, that’s fine

So we are taking the patient to the ER exit doors with a sheet over his head and body, there just happens to be a large group of medics, police, and other random people around the door.

As soon as we get to the door…

The patient violently pulls the sheets from himself and screams like there is no tomorrow “IM ALIVE!!!!!????!!!”

Today I saw a police officer scream like a girl, and watched a few other grown men get the hell scared out of them.

The next words out of my mouth were

“…Holy shit dude”

I can’t make these stories up I swear.

Kuuntele tunneilla. Kysy. Pidä avoin mieli. Ekoina viikkoina kaikki on ihan yhtä pihalla kuin sääki, älä huoli. Kokeile. Ota syventävä kurssi aineesta mitä et ikinä aatellu lukevasi. Opi. Älä jätä kaikkea viime tinkaan. Osta kaikki kirjat käytettynä. Älä kuitenkaan valmiiks täytettyjä tehtäväkirjoja. Mene mahollisimman monelle kurssille yksin ilman kavereita. Kohtaa koeviikot rohkeasti niiden kaikessa kauheudessa. Ota 8-16 päiville mukaan jotain välipalaa. Kaikkeen et välttämättä kerkeä valmistautua täydellisesti joten opi priorisoimaan asioita. Älykkyyttä on monenlaista. Älä jätä lukematta. Mun äidinkielenopettajan sanoin “jos kirjotat enään lyön sua nenään”. Paras juttu mitä voit tehdä itelles on kerrata tunnilla käyty asia samana iltana kotona. Jos et ymmärrä älä luovuta. Paitsi jos on kyse matikasta. Tarvit enemmän unta mitä ajattelet. Osta kalenteri ja käytä sitä. Kirjotuspäivinä saliin mukavat vaatteet ja paljon eväitä. Oo kiltti opettajille. Paitsi jos ne on kusipäitä. Mutta useimmiten ne ei ole. Älä sotke kirjoja, haluat myydä ne myöhemmin. Kertaa, kertaa, kertaa. Aina ei voi onnistua. Ja se on ihan okei. Älä ala-arvioi. Toisen kiinnostuksen kohteet ei ole mitenkään parempia kuin toisen. Pitkän matikan lukijat ei oo yhtään sen viisaampia kuin lyhyenkään. Opettele pilkut ja yhdyssanat. Ymmärrä ettei asiat ole mustavalkoisia. Pohdi. Tee siistit muistiinpanot. Kokeile erilaisia oppimistyylejä. Joskus on ihan okei kattoa Netflixiä vaikka pino läksyjä odottaa. Tee opotehtävät ajoissa. Käytä hypyt johonkin järkevään. Koita ymmärtää lukemasi äläkä vaan opettele ulkoa. Kaikkeen ei tarvitse panostaa 100%. Mieti kurssivalinnat tarkkaan. Tee käsitekarttoja. Älä anna kenenkään päättää sun tulevaisuudesta. Edes opon. Opettele kirjoittamaan hyvä esseevastaus reaaliaineiden kokeisiin. 6 tuntia on paljon lyhyempi aika miltä se vaikuttaa. Ymmärrä asioiden suhteellisuus. Kyseenalaista. Tee aikataulu koeviikolle ja yritä pysyä siinä. Samoin kirjotuksiin. Älä stressaa esitelmistä, ketään ei kuitenkaan kiinnosta.

Mitä ikinä teetki nii muista että lukio ei ole elämää suurempi juttu.

—  asioita joita toivon että joku olis kertonut mulle kolme vuotta sitte

When people are like “Bro, do you even lift?”

And I’m like “Yeah, I lift people”

Meanwhile, my patients are actually 400 lbs. and I don’t include the weight of the stretcher.

If you never had a good lesson in lifting, these guys do a great job of teaching you the ins and outs. Im not the strongest guy but these methods help me to hold my own out in the field.

The call that changed him.

When I was a kid my dad came home from an EMS call and broke down. I didn’t really understand it then. 

He had responded to an MVA. A drunk driver had hit two young sisters as they were crossing the street. When he hit them they were launched in the air with such force that their shoes remained on the pavement where they once stood. My dad, another EMT and a paramedic worked on the girls. They brought them to the hospital where they were pronounced. 

The paramedic, he resigned that night. The other EMT, he never went on another call again. My dad, he hugged his children a little tighter every day from then on out. He was never the same after that call. 

Years later, on what would have been the girls’ 18th birthday, their mom came to our house, along with the other EMT and the paramedic. It was closure. Closure they all needed. Ten years later they still weren’t ok.

It’s been about 15 years since that call and my dad still doesn’t like talking about it. He still has flashbacks. 

So if you’ve had a bad call and are upset, or beating yourself up over not being able to move past it, know it’s ok. It doesn’t make you less of a person, it doesn’t make you a bad EMT. 

It’s ok to struggle, what’s not ok is struggling alone.

DISPATCH: Attention EMS 8 and EMS 4, Cardiac Arrest. 36 y/o Male unwitnessed arrest

*Checks enroute
*Booking it down the road at 90mph
*Half mile from the location

DISPATCH: EMS 8, EMS 4 you may cancel. Patient was just asleep.

You can’t fuck with my emotions like that. I get too excited.

Nicked this one from facebook:

When assessing a head trauma, you notice blood coming out of the ear. What procedure would help determine whether or not there is cerebrospinal fluid mixed with the blood? 

And let’s go one step further- can you explain what the presence of CSF indicates and your prehospital management? Preferably reblog so we can discuss rather than just reply. 

First Responders & Medical Personnel Share Their Most WTF Moments

1) Ultimate Cure for Bad Breath

“I had a patient one time drink a whole gallon of Tide laundry detergent in an effort to ‘kill Satan’s baby that I’ve been pregnant with for 2 years.’ I was able to keep my composure the whole time we were taking her to the hospital, but every time she started talking, you’d see bubbles in her mouth. I held my composure through that, but then she vomited, and that’s when I lost it, it was seriously like a kids toy, bubbles everywhere. The ambulance didn’t even smell like vomit, [it] smelled like Tide Springtime Fresh.”via Reddit/muzz3256

2) Congratulations! It’s a…….oh.

My mom’s a paramedic and dinner conversations are usually interesting. She had one partner that just seemed to attract all the crazy calls…

“They get a call for a woman in labor, not quite full term, but close. When they get there she’s already spread out saying she has to push. They never even had a chance to get her on a stretcher. Delivering babies isn’t that unusual for paramedics but this didn’t go as planned. After five or so minutes of straining and groaning and pushing with my mom at her head and her partner on the business end they had a successful delivery … of an approximately ten pound turd right into Pat’s hands. Seems she’d been constipated for ages and not done anything about it. When the time finally came she mistook the stomach cramps for labor.”via Reddit/shiseido_red

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