From the book, Responding:
I spent months in EMT cardiac school learning how to analyze different rhythms and their underlying cause. We practiced identifying and interpreting everything from a normal sinus rhythm, premature atrial contractions, paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia, atrial fibrillation, junctional rhythms, PVCâ€™s, V-tack, asystole and many more.
Mike has finished connecting the leads, runs a strip and hands it to me. I look it over, analyze the p-wave, QRS complex and elevated t-waves and give my diagnosis to Mike.
Iâ€™ve narrowed all of the rhythms I learned in school down to two. Fucked and Not Fucked.
Ever wonder what the hell half the people in this crazy world are talking about? Some days I think the world has gone mad. Then, I think of how some of the things I say would be perceived by the general public.
In EMS, we have a secret language all our own. It doesnâ€™t end with “heâ€™s fucked or not fucked.” Here are a few of my favorites I came across over the years.
The secret codes:
1) Da Motrin
What to say when a patient asks for that pain medicine that starts with a “D”.
Female nurses or patients who have a thing for doctors.
4) Eternal Care Unit, (ECU)
People in the morgue
An EMT who thinks they know everything.
6) Trauma Handshake
Rectal exam in a trauma.
7) Treat and Street
Get them out of the ER.
The different “codes”:
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