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Gertrude reminds us that That Only Works in the Movies. Have you ever wanted to ask your patients that?
When stopped by the police and you want to get away, jumping off the overpass to the ground below is not the way to go. It looks very cool in the movies and the bad guy gets away.
Sam talks about the Lights and Siren.
I love driving with my lights and siren going. There's nothing quite like the rush I get from seeing the lights bounce back at me, ricocheting off of an infinite number of facades. The sirens scream higher as we drive under a bridge, wailing, urging me forward. Children standing with their parents look at me with smiles plastered on their faces, waving as they jump up and down.
Not So Rapidly, Rogue Medic warns.
D50W is given to people who have had their blood sugar drop and are experiencing confusion, that appears to be due to the low blood sugar. I was taught, and still use this method. I look for the largest vein that looks good for an IV site. The label recommends a small needle in a large vein. I prefer a large needle. If you have ever pushed D50W through a 20 gauge catheter, you understand part of the reason. It takes a lot of effort. If you have ever pushed D50W through a 22 gauge catheter, you are insane (or management).
Witness responds to Sam with Woo-woo Wow.
In general, there are two types of areas- rural and urban, with some mix in between. In my opinion, in both situations our timeliness in responses depend on different things. In an urban area, with many stop lights and intersections, our fast response comes from the ability to cut through stop lights we would normally wait for. In a rural area, our speed literally comes from that, the speed of our response, mostly because traffic is lower in rural areas, as are lights and intersections.
EpiJunky tells us about A Little Flutter...
We were perfectly comfortable sunning ourselves on a beautiful July day. On of those days where the sky is a gorgeous blue, dotted with puffy white clouds. One of those days where you really wish you weren't working.