Saturday, November 19, 2005

NOEMS in the News

Katrina kinda made us famous again. Here is a handy list of links documenting our illustrious activities in the public eye.

Thomas Jordan the Bootless Hero
USA TODAY in the Trenches with NOEMS
Keeley and Keller in Vegas (photo of Frezel and Jeanne)
JEMS: Valerie from Delaware Rode it Out with Us (FIXED)
JEMS: What the Media Didn't Report About EMS in New Orleans
Katrina Lewis Gets Some Christmas Gifts**
Christmas at the White House (Katrina Lewis and Kenny Bouvier)**

**NEW!

There are lots of links out there to blogs and bulletin board posts pertaining to us and Katrina. All you have to do is Google "New Orleans EMS" and you'll get a bunch of returns. If you come across a link to another article out there, please edit this entry and add it!

Oh, and did you know that Sept. 29, 2005 was declared "New Orleans EMS Day" in Kansas City, MO? It's a fact!

Sunday, November 13, 2005

POST - KAT


whats up all? hearts and prayers go out to those brothers and sisters who lost loved ones, and the ones who lost their homes and belongings. we made it through as a division with eveyone coming together to keep EMS alive in this city. we know others may claim to do what we did in this city, but we all know NOEMS was the one. i feel we are fortunate to still have jobs after such a devestating blow to the entire gulf region. circumstances have been less than ideal, but we have managed to make it so far, making the best of our time off to be with families that many of us are separated from.

i hope that everyone keeps hope and faith in our division, and in the future of our city. see you on the street!

chris keller a.k.a. A-K

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Need your stories and photos!

Hi all! Fitz here. Just wanted to let you know I've FINALLY started writing my book! It's gonna be called "Ramp Rants: Stories From the Streets of New Orleans EMS" (Thanks for the idea for the title, Nick!).
Of course, I'm going to include our whole Katrina story. There will also be anecdotes from our everyday calls. I'd like to have as much input as possible from you all. If you have a good EMS story, one that stcks out your mind or the one your friends like to hear about or one that affected you, please send it to me and I'll try to incorporate it in the book. Photos will be much appreciated too. Please include a description of pictures you send.
You can send stories and pictures to me at sfitzmorris@gmail.com. You can also just say hi. Looking forward to hearing from you!
-Fitz

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Holy Crap!

Well! How 'bout this? Not much of an EMS service we got here. But everyone has done an outstanding job with the disaster! I'm proud to have served with such a fantastic group of medics. NOBODY could have managed as well as we did! I guess functioning for so long with so few resources made the old saying possible - we've done so much with so little for so long. we could do anything with nothing at all! We proved it of NOHD-EMS!
I know most of you there don't even have access to the internet, but if you check the blog, let us know how you are, where you are and what your plans are. We all did an outstanding job and have been given our opportunity to truly shine. Even though there's not much call volume these days, EMS is still playing a crucial role in the recovery and rescue efforts. Nobody knows that city like we do, and the National Guard and NYPD and all the volunteers from all over the country now depend on HD people to guide them.
If and when the city gets rebuilt and restarted, it'll be an interesting exercise to see how things change. I doubt we'll be a heavily populated city anytime soon. And there will be lots of new houses! By the way, if the National Guard or whoever decides they need to napalm certain neighborhoods because of contamination, I'm sure you HD people will do a great job of directing them exactly which areas of the city need napalming (hint,hint;wink,wink). You know what I mean!
Be careful out there! Y'all are some of the most beautiful people I know and I love you all!
-Fitz

Friday, August 12, 2005

Moving Right Along...

Well, after attending the "SOD" meeting the other day, I have to say I think that NOHD is making good progress in the right direction. We've gotten new equipment (whoda thunk we'd EVER get laryngoscopes?) and we have dedicated sprint units & alternates. Plus, they're pushing hard for improving our education and training! That's gonna make a big difference. The only catch is going to be us.
What do I mean? Traditionally, EMT's have been resistant to change. Just listen to the whining that went on when the new administration took over, or the bitching that took over the blog (yes, I know, I did it too). Likewise, the bottleneck in making New Orleans EMS a world-class service is going to be the medics who are content with maintaining the status quo. That has to change, which means we have to change. We need to be willing, even eager, to seek out new opportunities and creative ways of thinking. Juliette is throwing the protocols out the window! Which means that now we have to think on our feet, to actually be good EMT's, rather than good protocol followers.
And what about the new opportunities in EMS? We will now be able to attend training like tactical EMS and use it! High angle techniques, water rescue, programs from the Dept of Homeland Security, like WMD, urban search and rescue are just some of the things we can get involved with! Isn't that why we signed on with NOHD in the first place? Talk about experience!
Anyway, I'm excited about the new changes. I met with all the new sprint personnel and I'd trust any of them with my life if I was hurt or sick. They are the best. Just like I hope we all will be!

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Blog Password!

In the interest of goodwill, I have decided to compromise with "administration" and rather than deleting the blog, I have set a password, ostensibly to keep the media hounds off the backs of whoever. (Because there's SO MUCH information on the blog that could be a threat to national security!) Anyway, the password is "blog". Just type it in at the prompt and it will take you to the blog. Feel free to share this information with whoever you think will be interested. Except of course the CIA, FBI, KGB, Interpol, the Times Picayune and all those other high-level, top secret agencies just itching to find out when HD's next barbecue is or whatever. Good luck! Y'all be safe out there!

Sunday, July 03, 2005

-well finally able to post after months of frustration. thank you "brain," and welcome back from your shakedown of NYC! I would like to voice that overall this division is doing better than i have ever seen it since my time here. just having the few extra units, and sprints up makes a world of difference in call volume/unit and allows us to actually eat on occasion.

PHILIPS -- possibly your next monitor. the dpartment's product evaluation committee has looked long and hard at the facts, your evaluations, cost, training, reliability, service, and partnership between the 2 final competitors, philips MRX and MEDTRONICS LP-12. ZOLL was ruled out early and the last two made for a harder decision. we should be seeing new monitors real soon, 12 lead classes, ETCO2 training, and a lot of other educational benefits.
however, i am glad the early morning meetings are over for a bit.

-finally, is it me, or does your paycheck seem smaller lately? not having that OT has been putting a strain on! let's hope something goes through with the RFP for EMS details real soon. not having that OT available anymore is tough for the paramedics. i know of basics taking home more than me because of their OT availability.

-hope you enjoy my thoughts and feel free to leave any gentle and kind comments, or as nasty as you wanna be stuff! se you on the street, friends!

Friday, July 01, 2005

One of the family Needs Our Help

As we all know Jay Metzger Had a heart attack earlier in the week. He has had some complications since and as of Friday remains in Tulane Hospital. He need help due to a recent illness he has no more sick or annual leave. This will add a burden to him and his family during an already stressful time. If anyone can help by donating either sick or annual time to him, I know that he would appreciated this very much. Your thoughts and prayers are very much so appreciated as well. Thank you very much for your time and thoughts.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Greetings From The Big Apple!

Well, I'm just back from New York City! And what a cool city it is! Easy to get around (you don't need a car) easy to have a good time in, easy to find fun stuff to do. And it's HUGE! I spent 5 days just in Manhattan and didn't scratch the surface!
EMS must be miserable, all those high-rise buildings with no elevators. And the hospitals I saw have no ramps; the ambulances just park on the street and off-load in the middle of traffic! Still, statistics say that NOHD, per ambulance, is twice as busy as NYC. They run 12 calls in 24 hours. HAH! That's a slow 12-hour shift for us!
I happened to find myself on 5th avenue and saw everyone lining up behind barricades on Sunday. Curious, I asked and found out it was the start of the gay pride parade. I hung around to see how NYC handled parades. The start of the parade was dominated by New York's contingent of gay police, fire and EMS workers. While the Police and Fire departments made a decent enough showing, New York's EMS gay contingent was woefully lacking! Maybe 6 or 8 EMT's were in the parade along with a rainbow-draped unit. Big woop. NOHD could beat that with A and B watch tied behind its back!
If you ever want to practice your foreign language skills, try a stint in New York! I must have heard at least 20 different languages on the streets. I caught myself a couple of times speaking Spanish to people who spoke no Spanish at all, just because it was so common there! And if you want, you can easily practice your French, Italian, Chinese, Russian, Portuguese, Polish and Japanse without even trying!
Well, missed y'all on this trip! Lemme know if any of you go to NYC anytime soon and maybe I'll join you!
Adios!
-Fitz-

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Well..........I don't know, FUCK! I need to 10-42, but I cant't, and if I 10-42 for too long, I'll be 10-7. Then if I'm 10-7 for too long then I have to clarify why I'm 10-42 for so long, but maybe I shouldn't 10-42 here because I might not hear and they'll carry me 10-50?. Is it because its been so long sine I've peed, that I have to pee a lot? Or maybe I'm constipated, or maybe I have diarrhea and I have to sit for a while, and I just have to sit and shit, I shouldn't have had he chili on my 10-40. There now I think I'm 10-8 again.....Oh wait! Maybe not....It's time for me to get off, but here I am at grand route, 100 ft from Moss street with 3 other units, this is very productive. God forbid if there's 2 trucks waiting for the relief to come in. Maybe they're 10-42 or they were switched on the schedule and no one informed them. I'm in a six o'clock truck and maybe there's no relief coming in. I could be here all day. Fortunately I have the kind guidance of dear barbara with truck washing particulars to look forward to. I cannot wait to file my paperwork in numerical order, download the calls from the computer, wait for it to reboot, shut it down, restock my truck, seal my cabinets, and sanitize for "your protection." ......to be continued secondary to 10-19......Can I get a witness?

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Is it so????

Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the last meeting, and there were a couple of things that I heard about..... I was wondering if they were true. First, is it true that we will no longer have "private pay" details, and that they will all become "city pay" details? Second, is it true that we will no longer be able to go tax exempt for certain payweeks, i.e., Mardi Gras? If these things are in fact true, what are everyones feelings on it? Just curious....

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Recognition

I see that Nicky wrote we do not get into this field for recognition and tying this into the "tard" postings, I would like to take this opportunity to recognise the person that influenced me the most when I was precepting... Mrs. Helena Asprion of EJGH. Helena was an excellent preceptor. She would always challenge me to perform to the best of my ability no matter what the situation. Her insight into the "prehospital world" was amazing. She would "let me go" but I always knew she was right there with me and the patient. Sadly, she is now a nurse (my guess is probably a damn good one) so I'm not sure what role she currently plays in precepting EMT students anymore. To Helena, I say thank you for guiding me and helping me to become the paramedic I am today.
Everyone: please share your thoughts on who you believe was your best preceptor, let's recognise each other if noone else will!!!

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Hard on Tards

There have been a lot of strong comments under the post "Concrete Ideas." Togetherness says a lot about a service. Can we all try to pull together and try to establish that once more? No, 80% of our calls don't sound particularly interesting or fun (thousand year-old female c/o weakness). But trying to help each other out by jumping calls if you're closer or if you know a a crew is trying to get a 40, or voluntarily going to a scene where crews sound like they need help would build up our cohesiveness and make HD an even better place to work.
Think there are a lot of "tards" here? How about instead of whining about it, we use that energy to try and make them better EMT's. If you think someone can't hang, might it be because no one properly showed them?
To all the old people out there, remember when you were first here? What made you a better medic when you were green? Wasn't it the experienced people with a combination of accurate instruction as well as giving you a hard time for being the FNG? When was the last time we explained to a new person why we do something? Or show a "tard" how to write a report or start an IV or talk to med control? I know I learned most of my skills by doing it with good partners, not from P-class. Because of this, I knew ACLS algorithms, how to mix drips, draw up drugs, get non-emergents and decompress chests long before I ever went to paramedic class. Why? Because my partners showed a little initiative and caring about their work to help me out as a green FNG.
If we care so much about our reputation and the quality of medics at HD, doesn't it devolve upon us to take it upon ourselves to improve it? When we were new, the old-timers then made HD a great service. Now that many of us are the old timers, we must uphold the "tradition." If you want to "weed out the tards," YOU should take it upon yourself to make them better EMT's. After all, it'll be their job when we're gone. It's up to us to show them how.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

All those shiny shoes and no hats?

Just wanted to take a little time to say thanks to all who attended the inspection by the mayor. I know no one wanted to spend their day off getting all dressed up in scratchy pants and ties to come out to the square and sweat in the sun. Hoo-Ra to all who made the effort. Way to show a little bit of give a damn for the family. This was exactly the kind of thing that makes the cream rise to the top. Just wanted to let ya'll know how proud I was to be a part of it.
Soldiers, march on. J.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Welome to Our Family

Would like to take the time to welcome the newest member of our family. Gianna Sophia Culotta, was born Monday evening. Mom and Dad are both doing well at this time. Little Gianna is resting in the PICU with some minor difficulties, but is improving steadily. Please keep Nick Stacy and Gianna in your thoughts and prayers, as I'm sure they would appreciate them. Congratulations.

Sunday, April 24, 2005

New EMT-P

Well! Kevin Howard passed his paramedic National Registry! How about that?
Your thoughts?

Saturday, April 23, 2005

Wierdest Jazz Fest Call

Okay, who's got the wierdest freak from Jazz Fest?
I was in the Grandstands and this guy about 22 years old comes up to the desk. He says he's got all kinds of back problems that cause numbness in his arms and legs, and it causes him to be unable to pee. The only way he can urinate is if he can immerse himself in the shower and is there a shower he can use?
I referred him to the ever-helpful security guard who regarded him quizzically for a while, then bemusedly. After that she sent him on his peeful way, all the while chuckling to herself.
Who's got a better wierd Jazz Fest experience?

Monday, April 18, 2005

Concrete Ideas

If anyone who counts is reading this, they probably get the idea that the natives are restless, and disgruntled. Well, they are, but there have been few concrete ideas about how to improve the situation. It's important for us to keep posting, since this is an excellent way to gauge the general state of gruntlement as well as a good CISD for everyone.
Many who post here are simply minions doing the bidding of the overlords. What we could use is a good set of specific ideas to make things better. But if you're reading this and you're in a position to make things happen, read on.
We need in house training and education programs. I understand that this was recently discussed. We can go outside for our training, but this is expensive and difficult. ACLS, PALS, BTLS, CPR and EMT refresher training needs to be available, as well as CE hours. Hurrah for reinstating monthly meetings in an effort to accomplish this goal! Let's make sure we make use of it and all you instructors of the various disciplines - make yourselves available for courses! In-house training programs for new EMT's and paramedics would be very proactive in attracting new employees. There are lots of people out there who'd be proud to have gone to the New Orleans "EMS Academy!"
We need a way to attract and retain existing employees. Of course everyone immediately expects a raise, but there are other ways to put money in pockets without hitting up the budget. Anyone remember the dinosaur days at Medic One when we used to get points for good behavior - coming in early, running more than your share of calls, getting compliments from patients? They translated that to gift certificates from Sears. That was cool. How about offering similar stuff, or discounts on movies, or cell phones or Best Buy or something?
We need a way to reduce liability and improve patient documentation. I'm sure most will agree, those Hammerheads suck! I'm sure it makes it easier for billing, after all, it was Lockheed's idea to bring in those blasted things. But there are other electronic systems that do a better job of documentation. And with better documentation, patients will recieve better continuity of care at the hospital, and out libility will be reduced because of unclear documentation. If we're worried about the budget, we can help obviate a multimillion dollar lawsuit be reducing liability.
We also don't need to rearrange things in dispatch related to creating item numbers. Charity calls do not need to be put into the computer and stay in the queue for days from the time they were scheduled. The system is not designed for non-emergency calls. In addition, Charity calls are billed completely differently from 911 calls. Creating computer items would only increase the workload for Yolanda and everyone else involved in billing. Entering all these calls in the computer only seems lie a ploy to artificially inflate our call volume. We already have plenty of calls; we don't need to create more!

Any other ideas? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Planting the seeds for Greenie-Weenie Jr?

I hate rambling, and I hate going off on tirades – always sounds to me like I’m whining instead of actually making a valid point and argument about something.
Tried to call the other night on my way to work to let someone know I was going to be late by a couple minutes (less than 10, actually). Well, was told that no one was available, so got in as quickly as I could. Got written up – third time since January. Doing school and work for the last 9 months has left me pretty much with no energy at all, and most times I’m just lucky to get where I’m going. I’ve faced up to the fact that I’m just going to be late for my own funeral.
Anyway – get pulled into “his” office, have things “explained” to me (thanks, Dad!!) like I was some irresponsible nitwit who had no moral compunction other than just floating along with no sense of responsibility to do anything or show up places when and where I happened to want to. I was informed that I would be “fined the equivalent of a day’s pay” for my heinous infraction (since I was late because of trying to say hello to family I haven’t seen in 4 years who called me just shy of a hour before I was due to be at work to let me know they were 7 blocks from my house – silly me that I wanted to at least see them long enough to say hello). Alright, so it’s in civil service rules regarding the whole progressive discipline thing, and it’s just “his job” to enforce them. Alright, Mr. Hard Ball – how about enforcing all the rules? And how does the fact that I had to be “spoken to” about my boots not being shined have anything to do with my being late??? – yet it seems there is some hidden, underlying conspiracy on my part that equivocates these 2 crimes. Let’s do something about these slobs here who can’t seem to wear clean uniforms or at least ones that don’t look like they’ve been slept in, or maybe have people make some attempt to keep them tucked in, pulled up and pulled together? I’m not saying people have to have them dry cleaned and pressed professionally, but I think the last thing any of our clientele is going to remark on is how my shoes aren’t polished, and I grovel and beg forgiveness that I have other things on my mind and my plate (like trying to make sure I get laundry done so I have clean uniforms, or maybe getting in my 2 hour nap in between school and work) to make my best effort to try and be presentable and somewhat awake to be able to function at work. Take a look at your own boots, people, and honestly answer if you think they couldn’t use a coat of wax on them. And besides – anyone can wear cheaters that look like crap unless you’re at a black tie function anyway.
Notice, too, how it’s funny that, heaven forbid! you be 1 minute late (cause technically, that’s late, and it’s all about the details) and if you’re late coming in, you’re keeping your fellow employees from going home on time (doesn’t matter that you were kept in the office for 20 minutes to discuss this infraction, cause it’s your fault that you were late in the first place that started this whole chain reaction). But, if you get stuffed with a late call (which seems lately seems to be happening more and more, but due to dispatch error, not because we’ve been overwhelmed with calls since we extra trucks up on a regular basis), that’s just the “nature of the business”. How about the “nature of my life”? Not good enough! Ding! Thanks for playing! Which just tells me that I’m a piece of crap on the bottom of someone’s shoe, and not worth noticing unless there’s a stink made about something. All about the numbers – call times, budgets, payroll. Hmm – sound like private service talking? Certainly doesn’t sound like any civil service family that I’ve heard of. I’ve been wondering if that thank you card I received in the mail was sent to me in error, or if it was some kind of joke to just try and make me feel more comfortable in the den of snakes.
And how’s this for another straw to add to the pile – and here’s where I start to wonder if I’m paranoid and making things up in my head since I have no proof to the contrary. Call in to give 4 days notice that my availability has changed (from what was submitted over a month ago) and that a shift I was scheduled for I would not be able to work. Well, apparently, our schedule is written completely in stone, and under no uncertain terms would I be allowed to get out of the shift. And why, might you ask, was the reasoning for this? Because “he” would have to pay someone overtime to fill the spot! Hmm, how about another rule that always gets overlooked which applies to civil service – maximum of 350 hours of OT a year. Oh, but that’s right – we’re an emergency service, so the rules don’t apply to us. Oh, unless it’s convenient to apply them – but pick and choose to minimize inconvenience. Throw all these happenings (that occurred in less than a week) and I can’t help but wonder that I’m purposely being antagonized in an attempt to get me to bow down and kiss Coroframs or get me to quit. Someone mad because I found another job?
Keep hearing all this rhetoric about how this isn’t going to turn into a private ambulance service. Well, sorry! Walks like a duck, quacks like a duck – guess what? It’s a duck. I spent 10 years working for the other evil empire (and you think Acadian is bad?) – and went through 4 regime changes, 2 buyouts and multiple absorptions of other services. I’ve heard these stories. I’ve seen these changes. I’ve dealt with these personalities that have come and gone while the need for our services (shall we start to talk about equipment here? How about protocols that let us do something besides play taxi?) is still omnipresent. Anyone else hear ducks quacking?
So – is it just me? Am I just that out of line, or that much of a screw up that I’m making this so hard for myself? Or do things seem to be going south with “them”? Previously, it was a dictatorship, but you knew where you stood. That’s fine. There were rules, and everyone was subjected to the same iron fist. This now seems to be authoritarian (including the feeling of the secret police) and the goal seems to be to eliminate those who won’t shut up or put up. Seems a little reactionary that you get rid of the squeaky wheel instead of trying to figure out why it’s not working quite right. I’m not going to apologize for having a life outside of work and wanting something more from my professional career than continuing to do the same job I have for nearly 13 years. I love my work – when I get to do it. And seems fearless Director did something more than just settle for staying at the same level. I guess I’m just feeling terribly frustrated, held back and extremely tired – and it’s showing.
I do apologize for the rant – but appreciate your having read this far.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

The 13th Loop

After reading Sean's post titled " The Noose Tightens" I thought I would offer up my own two cents to the peanut gallery. A few days ago around ETOD I was in the bay talking with one of the PRN employees, nothing special just the usual stuff, how was your night, any good calls, crazy people stuff like that. Somewhere along the convo he came to the point about his recent punishment for being late to work for the third time. I was half listening while I was mentally planning my two days off when I heard him say he was going to be fined an entire days pay for the offense. Hold up, back the truck up, what did you just say? Yea he repeated, an entire 12hr shift that he gets to work for free. WTF I'm thinking how the hell is that possible? As I sit there chewing on this little mental nugget I seem to remember M&J mentioning something about this at one of their mandatory fireside chats I was required to attend on my day off. As I sift throught the fodder that bangs around in my hat rack I do remember some little nibblet about being fined for write up's. While I'm dragging the thought up from the mire I seem to recall that that they slipped that little gem in while we were all embroiled with the uniform drama. Three write up's and you will be finacially flogged. So the hammer drops and this guy gets the brunt. I quiz him a little more on what exactly took place and he is amazingly short on the particulars. All this guy can tell me is that he was informed that he gets now gets to volunteer 12 hours of his life to the the city of New Orleans for free. Things happen, your car implodes, all the taxi's in the city are 10-7 and the RTA suddenly stopped running, whatever, people are gonna be late every once in a few. But the more I talk to this guy the less he can tell me. Whats the time frame required for the three write up's to result in lost wages? Do they all have to be of the same flavor? What are they based on? Am I all the sudden on the road to finacial ruin because some person calls in a complaint about my boots leaving mud on their carpet? Just what the hell is going on here? As we go back and forth on the issue I sudenly hit a pothole on the yellow brick road. Just hold up one little second I think; wasen't there an event of amazing idiocy just a few short weeks ago? Did I not hear through the deisel powered grapevine that is NOHD about a crew responding to a code out in the third where the paramedic not only let his basic partner run the code on scene but then allowed him to tech the call while he drove them into the er? With a fireman on board no less? Correct me if I'm wrong but does this go against not only NOHD regs but those of the NREMT? This paramedic not only was totally outside the bounds of the rules but also provided a substandard quality of care with probable detrimental results to the pt. Where is the finacial responsibility for these two? So let me get this straight. Three write up' s occuring in an unspecified time period relating to unknown and undefined incidents equals 12 hours of free work? ( and where does the persons pay go anyway? I guess not for chemstrips.) On the flip side blatenly ignoring procedure, providing less then the highest quality of care avaliable, and placing our pt's well being at risk earns you a stern talking to? I call bullshit. But I wasen't there so what do I know anyway. This sure ain't your Daddy's NOHD. Just what has happened? Keep the comments coming I have a fire hose at the ready to deal with the flames. j

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

A sad passing

It is with a heavy heart I say this afternoon a great friend, father, Paramedic and a great man, has passed away. C.J. Orgeron has touch many of us and will be missed. Our thought and prayers go out to Dawne and Daniel as I'm sure they will need all of our support to ake it through this tragic time in thier lives. May you rest in peace C.J. till we all meet again to mustard around the Lords table.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Code 77 Shocker

I did hear some encouraging news! Friday I was riding around with Dr Johnson (6280) and he had attended a meeting of the Orleans Parish Medical Society that Juliette had organized. She had arranged for the CEO's of all the local hospitals to meet there. What was remarkable - it was the first time the hospital CEO's had ever met with each other! I guess in the world of corporate selfishness, it isn't cool to confer with one another.
Anyway, Juliette had a stack of paperwork that she distributed to each CEO detailing how many minutes their facilities had kept our units Code 77. One interesting fact was that the CEO's didn't even know that we had a situation like Code 77! I suppose the ED staffs never reported any of this information in an effort to make themselves look good.
But here's the kicker: Juliette's report detailed the Code 77's from January through March, and the total cumulative minutes of Code 77 in those 90 days was 30 days! All those 30, 60, 90 and so on minutes of Code 77 added up to an entire month that a unit was kept out of service by the hospitals!
The CEO's were stunned. They said they don't want to miss out on one patient coming in to their facility. They're busy scrimping and saving trying to minimize staff and maximize profits. But their effort to save money are misdirected. Imagine how much money is wasted on dumb advertisements ("Is it love, or a heart attack?") when they could be proactive in solving our problems and getting more of their own profits by building bigger facilities, staffing empty wards, and having in-house training programs for new R.N.'s, techs, lab workers, etc.
According to Dr. Johnson, there were some suggestions to bring in new technology to help solve some of this problem. How that works out remains to be seen, but you have to hand it to Juliette for bringing this to the shocked attention of the hospital mucky-mucks, opening the doors of their ivory towers and exposing them to the real world, our world.

Friday, April 01, 2005

Adios, amigo!

Today is Joejoe's last day! He's been something of an institution at HD since the dinosaur days. If you're like me, you likely learned plenty from him, pissed him off plenty, and got pissed off by him plenty! Nonetheless, EMS just won't be the same without him. We'll miss you, ma'am!
Best of luck in all your new endeavours! Wherever you go, you'll be an asset!
PS - C-watch is having a good-bye crawfish boil tonight (Friday). Not sure where it is, but it shouln't be too hard to find.

Thursday, March 31, 2005

If It Ain't Broke...

Well, now I hear that "they" want do get rid of having districts. Admittedly, the city trucks work way more calls than do the 4th and 7th district trucks (usually). When you're in the 1st, 3rd, 5th or 6th, or in 2 or 12 (and now the Charity trucks) we all know that you should bring your lunch, cuz you'll likely be running your ass off.
Now they want to use the 4th and 7th district trucks all over the city. Has it been discussed that the reason we are able to run our asses off in the busy districts is because we get a little break usually by working the slower districts every couple of months?
I'm all about progress and change that is for the better, but having districts is one of the few things at NOHD that actually works! Don't mess with it! Wanna find something to mess with? How 'bout the lack of gloves? Or chemstrips?
P.S. Does it come as a shock to anyone that not having area assignments like "they" want to do is also the way they do it at Acadian?

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

New Poll - What a Wonderful World!















Ways To Make Everything Perfect Forever



What would make everything wonderful?






Scavenger hunt that ends with Michael Paxton in another state.
Electric air fresheners for the uniks.
Electric air fresheners for the patients.
Vigors required to buy drinks at ETOD.
Dancing wenches instead of 6232.
Daiquiri machine at Moss Street.
911 dispatch outsourced to call center in Calcutta.
Water cannons on the uniks.
Sirens play Barry Manilow.
Sequin gowns & high heels for uniforms.

 Current Results



Sunday, March 20, 2005

Would it hurt

We have begun a new era at NOHD. We now are not required to go to work and do that " useless " check off check. We now have the Rescue personnel to do this for us. They all along with some of the back up rescue guy's busted their tails in cleaning up the units, and setting them up ( with the supplies we have). Though some have taken the time to stop and say thanks or do you need a hand, for the most part there has been alot of complaining from crews. In the realm of I had to do something to my unit because it wasn't done for me. Damn spoiled in a week,huh. We all need to work together so this works let's not forget this.

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Uniform Poll! Cast Your Vote!















What Do You Think of the New Uniforms?



How Do You Like the New Uniforms We're Trying?






I like them!
They're OK. Whatever.
I hate them! Don't make me wear it!

 Current Results



Monday, March 14, 2005

The New & Improved NOHD

Well, as I was getting off work this morning the new BTOD stuff was going into effect. If you have't yet experienced it, it's... well... an experience. One truck got up on time. Which is actually really good for day watch, come to think of it!
Now I know that the first day of a new procedure is hardly the best time to judge its performance. But I can just foresee a thousand different kinds of monkey wrenches that could get thrown into the finely-tuned machinery that is NOHD.
Anyhow, I give this new BTOD stuff 2 or 3 days before everything collapses into chaotic whining and anarchy.
And y'all?

Sunday, March 13, 2005

Better?

Well, it seeems that some changes are making progress. We have a 6249 on most shifts now, which is handy and fun. Some employees are "field testing" new uniforms, which are all blue, like task force, which is cool. Or maybe black, which is cool too. This week we're starting new times for the lineup, which may be good, or possibly a pain in the ass. We'll see. Anyway, it shoud prove to be interesting.
Let us know what you think.

Friday, March 04, 2005

To the Gallows

So now we have the supervisors doing this rotatey thing where they work on both day watches or both night watches. The underlying reason is supposedly to have consistency across the board.
Surprise, surprise! Guess what? That's the way the supervisors work at Acadian! Imagine that!
Your thoughts?

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Good luck!

Well it's that time again! Time for new little students to break out of their cocoons and become paramedics! I know George is going to National Registry this week; who else is going? Good luck to all our EMT's taking Registry!
A word of advice: when y'all pass, don't try to be a good paramedic; strive to be an excellent paramedic. It will serve you well in future endeavors. We've always been better than every other EMS around. We NEED to uphold NOHD's reputation in the country. Current and future EMT's are the ones who will have to do that. For the ones that have gone before you, make us proud that we came from such a great service.
Or else we'll come back and kick your ass!

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Code 4

I hate to sound like a whiny bitch, but will someone please explain to Barbara that regardless of the way NOPD uses the term "Code 4", we use it to mean the scene is safe to approach. I know it doesn't mean a scene is completely safe (what scene ever is?), but when dispatch tells us 'NOPD has a Code 4' it means that's it's ok to go in, right? NOPD can say "Code Giraffe" for all I care. NOHD Code 4 means it's under control, relatively safe, move in.
Also Babs seems to be under the impression that we have all of NOPD's dispatch channels on our radios. I haven't had PD on my radio for 9 years, other than the SPEC channels.
Arrgh!
Don't worry, I'm Code 4.
I hope.

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Okay, folks, we're gonna try this one more time. Lets keep personal threats off this blog. You are welcome to post whatever you like, but the owner of this blog takes no responsibility of what is published by the readers. If you see something you don't like about you, welcome it as constructive criticism. If you agree wholeheartedly, add your vote and write it down here. Got a war story? We'd all like to hear it (but make it interesting)! All readers are welcome to write their thoughts. Cuss as much as you want. If your virgin eyes are too sensitive to read it, there's loads of other stuff on the internet to do. Deal.

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