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[–] rwbj 0 points 10 points (+10|-0) ago 

What happens if you further injure somebody during routine treatment - breaking ribs during CPR for instance?

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[–] ShitLord-Vader [S] 0 points 19 points (+19|-0) ago 

It's expected to break ribs. In your first 1-5 compressions if you haven't felt anything snap, you aren't compressing hard enough.

Obviously we aren't trying to further injure anyone, but if side effects from treatment are worth it, we do it.

Nitroglycerin gives many people a raging headache when administered, but it helps to open up cardiac arteries in a heart attack so benefits outweigh the headache pain.

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[–] L3D 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

Have grown to hate fat patients?

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[–] ShitLord-Vader [S] 0 points 26 points (+26|-0) ago 

Yes. I was an EMT before FPH was on reddit, and was so happy to find it. Before I got onto 911 shifts I had to work inter facility transport and one of our frequent flier dialysis patients required a lift assist 3 times a week. Bitch was 500 pounds, whined like no other person ever, and had the most infuriating voice. She demanded the smoothest ride possible, so one of my partners always made it as bad as he could. Glorious.

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[–] L3D 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

Oh hahaa, I failed to notice your username before asking.

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[–] uguu 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago  (edited ago)

shit nigga, that bitch ain't fat. im fat, that mother fuckas 3x morbidy obese

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[–] Gorillion 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

It wasn't until I heard about the experiences of EMTs and the increasing sizes of gurneys and ambulances that I started taking the fat epidemic seriously.

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[–] Gorillion 1 points 0 points (+1|-1) ago 

It wasn't until I heard about the experiences of EMTs and the increasing sizes of gurneys and ambulances that I started taking the fat epidemic seriously.

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[–] Mr_YUP 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

How do you keep from having mental breakdowns from seeing the trauma you must run into from time to time? Is it a certain type of person who can do your job?

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[–] ShitLord-Vader [S] 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

Yes, it takes a very specific type of person to do this. And many don't realize it until it's too late. I get through it because I just know it's part of the job. I'll do my best and that's all I can do. Shit sucks, but it's life.

One of my coworkers quit his first week on the job because a baby died on one of his calls. He felt guilt that he directed the driver on the round half of a road, and added two minutes to their response time. He didn't cause the kid to die, but he felt too guilty about it and it ate at him.

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[–] kagi_yari 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Thanks for all you do, and going through the tough calls.

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[–] ibepokey 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

what percentage of car crashes that you deal with are caused by cellphone use?

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[–] ShitLord-Vader [S] 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

Wouldn't be able to tell you. We just take the patient, PD investigates the cause of the crash.

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[–] emtpayislow 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

How much do you make per hour? How much overtime in a pay period?

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[–] ShitLord-Vader [S] 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

$10/h, 21 hours of overtime at minimum during the work week.

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[–] TheBeautifulOne 1 points 4 points (+5|-1) ago 

Why do you get paid less to save people than soldiers and cops do to kill them?

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[–] Mr_Wolf 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

what does the top of the payscale look like?

around me EMT's are all private contractors and most start out at $8

it's something I seriously looked at years ago but the pay was a turn off.

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[–] dontforgetaboutevil 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago  (edited ago)

The night my dad died I was in the front of the ambulance riding with him to the hospital. When he died all this cheering erupted in the bank of the ambulance and I looked through this window from the driving area to the back and I could see an EMT opening an envelope all smiles and shit.

It took me years to understand but basically those scum had a death pool.

I want you to know that if your life ends in a way that you see a mysterious person strangling the life out of you or beating you to death your last sound will be me cheering and opening an envelope.

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[–] ShitLord-Vader [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I'm sorry that's what you experienced.

Maybe the area you are in is different, but we have too many people die here to begin anything as cruel as a death pool. In the past month alone, we have had 8 people die during or after our transport, that I know of.

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[–] Phish555 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

Most fucked up thing you've seen?

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[–] ShitLord-Vader [S] 0 points 12 points (+12|-0) ago 

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[–] GetWithThePogrom 3 points 2 points (+5|-3) ago 

This is why I think drunk drivers should be executed.

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[–] kagi_yari 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

What advice would you have for someone looking to getting into EMS?

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[–] ShitLord-Vader [S] 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Don't expect to make livable money, and only use EMS as a stepping stone unless you work for a well paid or good benefit fire department.

Beyond that, everyone handles things differently. Give it your best and try to keep positive because if you don't the job will eat you alive.

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[–] firex726 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

So.. why aren't first responders like you paid more?

is it that the market is too saturated? Seems like shit would go south real bad if yall went on strike.

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