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(Daily Mail)   It's wrong to kick a man when he's down. Unless you're nine and your father has had a heart attack   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 6
    More: Hero, Izzy McCarron, Jahi McMath, epipen  
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8648 clicks; posted to Main » on 15 Mar 2014 at 10:04 PM (45 weeks ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2014-03-15 11:18:46 PM  
2 votes:
Thanks to Obamacare, we're reduced to having 9 yr olds kick their dads in the chest as a way to treat heart attacks.
2014-03-16 12:49:00 PM  
1 votes:

hardinparamedic: Ventricular fibrillation can occur from a heart attack or cardiac ischemia, but there are other causes, such as channelopathies, trauma, and generalized ischemia. They are, however, the most common lethal arrythmia that people who have heart attacks develop. Ventricular Tachycardia can also develop if certain cardiac conduction channels are damaged as a result of that ischemia/infarction. (A myocardial infarction is a heart attack). In fact, lethal arrythmia is the most common cause of death within 8 hours of a heart attack.

cocaine or amphetamines.

Occam's razor of EMS- it is drugs, or specifically, an "allergic reaction" to drugs. Drugs can cause coronary vasospasm which can cause vfibb/vtach, which may respond to a precordial thump, or a precordial kick. 

/totally precordial kicking next patient before defibrillation.

reveal101:When I last did my CPR (third time refresher) I asked the instructor why I always seem to get taught by an ex-paramedic, and he responded that PTSD is highly associated with the job and the turnover rate generally higher than say police or firefighter. Would you also find this to be true?

Horrible hours, lousy pay, no respect, no upward mobility or chance for advancement without going to nursing, graduate medicine classes, or pension jobs like police and fire departments. EMS is the retail of emergency services- once you have your license you can get on a service very quickly compared to the long drawn out processes/testing of fire and police jobs. PTSD? I rarely hear of that being the cause for leaving the field after the first few years, normally it is just wanting your life back or wanting more.

And as far as not talking about it? Nothing burnt the stress off better than swapping stories early morning with other crews and hospital staff at bars that were nice enough to open up early for night shifters. Don't remember names, don't keep counts, don't take it personally. Just enjoy the show.
2014-03-16 12:28:50 AM  
1 votes:

hardinparamedic: anuran: hardinparamedic, is this something you learn in in EMS school?

outside of off color jokes about racist cops, nope. :)

Good for the kid. He may not have had enough body strength to do CPR. It's better than nothing


She seems to be a smart kid. Smart enough to improvise in an emergency.

Hope they figure out just what the heck he's allergic to, though. Hopefully it isn't shoes.
2014-03-15 11:32:09 PM  
1 votes:
Someone is finally getting that pony she keeps asking for.
2014-03-15 10:36:37 PM  
1 votes:
Whoa.. yeah...
Kickstart my heart, give it a start
Whoa... yeah... baby...
2014-03-15 10:22:04 PM  
1 votes:
hardinparamedic, is this something you learn in in EMS school?
 
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