An everyday look into the real world of EMS & Fire drawn by a 24 year Paramedic with a slightly slanted view on things.
Most of these drawings were created because of or based on an actual 911 call, new protocols, G.O., or new equipment.
**Please keep in mind....these are ment to bring out the humor from each call & laughter is the best way for us as EMS providers to deal with the everyday stress we encounter.
*Also you will find instructional videos and interesting calls.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Yes, we are still here
It's 2015 and we are still waiting for a new Chief to fill the shoes of Brian Gorski.
New fire station 7 is currently being built with an expected completion of November 2015.
This is the current view from our temporary station 17 located in the Benderson development just on the outskirts of the UTC mall in Lakewood Ranch/Sarasota FL.
Our current view of the Benderson UTC mall from our temporary location.
Pet O2 Masks - SCFD has them, how about your department?
*This has recently saved the lives of some local pets that were found in a house fire.
Veterinarians have used oxygen masks designed especially for animals for years. Now, Pets America is making this life-saving tool available for emergency responders.Nearly all fire fighters have seen people try to rush back into a burning building to save their pets, and most understand that pets are indeed beloved family members. With the right equipment, firefighters and EMS rescuers can often save a pet's life.
We now carry these on the department I work for and I am so very happy about it, easy to use and all of our apparatus carries them.
Here is what they look like and they come in a few different sizes. If you are the slight bit interested in how they work click on this link to view more.
INDICATIONS: Needle decompression is indicated for the treatment of: A. Tension pneumothorax and / or B. Tension hemopneumothorax
CONTRA-INDICATIONS: A. Chest decompression is indicated in the field only in the face of a life-threatening tension pneumothorax. In that situation, there are essentially no contraindications since the only alternative is almost certain death.
CAUSES OF TENSION PNEUMOTHORAX: A. Blunt force trauma to the chest that ruptures a portion of lung tissue B. Fractured rib that punctures the lung tissue C. Spontaneous pneumothorax for no apparent reason D. Conversion of a simple pneumothorax to a tension pneumothorax by positive pressure ventilation as with a bag-valve mask device etc. E. Open pneumothorax that is covered and left unattended developing into a tension pneumothorax
SIGNS/SYMPTOMS A. Chest pain B. Severe respiratory distress C. Tachycardia D. Hypotension E. Decreased or absent breath sounds on affected side
LATE SIGNS / SYMPTOMS: A. Cyanosis B. Distended neck veins C. Tracheal deviation away from affected side
(Source: Canadian Tactical and Operational Medical Solutions)
COMPLICATIONS: A. Creation of pneumothorax where none existed previously B. Laceration of lung tissue C. Bleeding from laceration of intercostal blood vessels D. Severe pain to conscious patient (since this is life-threatening, the procedure must be continued ) E. Local hematoma F. Laceration and/or puncture of the heart
84 y/o female No cardiac history Parkinson's disease No allergies C/O sudden onset of weakness while walking into the kitchen to make coffee. Found by EMS in her bedroom supine in bed with SOB and palpitations.
Symptoms relieved with Cardizem 20mg
Is it A. Fib? SVT? VTach? some kind of abberated A. Fib with movement?
Today we got the luck of the draw and were called upon to help with smoke detector installation, which can be VERY boring - if you didn't have the great crew we had with us. Here are a few pics I'm the short one
again, the short one...............see what my day is like with Kerri as my partner.
Sorry, didn't realize I would not be able to turn this video around.
Here is Ted giving Vinnie a hard time.....Ted is always trying to stir him up (and everyone else for that matter). Today Ted had us embroider this statement on a shirt and he gave it to Vinnie (as a joke of course). Here is Vin's reaction...what a great sport he is!
This is how many SSO (officers) you get when you call in a trespasser at the fire station...............WOW, we don't get that many for a simple MVC. No really there have been many thefts of our gear and equipment from the department so no one is taking any chances. We have been watching these kids for the past few weeks, they come out every week and dig thru the dirt piles (we are in a large construction area) looking for scrap metal. We finally had to call it in since the problems of theft are escalating. I know I don't need my bunkergear or helmet out there with someone else in it, it has my full name across the back.....OMG could you just imagine !!!