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Ambulance: Experts are Skeptical

Written by RSS Poster Medic Scribe

I try to stay up on the COVID News.  I do it to keep sane because I need to focus on something in these sci-fi times, but I confess this–we’ll call it a hobby– also puts me on the verge on insanity.  I think the hardest part of it is its rollercoaster nature.  One minute, the sun is coming back out, the next darkness is back on the land.

In Washington state, a judge overturned the state’s stay at home orders as unconstitutional ruling restrictions to state residents outweighed the danger posed to them by the coronavirus.  Shortly after, another judge overturned that judge and reinstated the orders that apparently 80% of the state’s population were okay with in the first place.  Meanwhile in judges in Wisconsin and North Carolina were also overturning orders to the delight of some and disbelief of others.

Oregon Supreme Court Says Virus Restrictions Still In Force, Halting Lower Court’s Order

Yesterday news that phase one tests of a vaccine were so promising that the Dow Jones industrials went up nearly 1,000 points.

Then I...

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace

It has been variously estimated that around 70% of all crime is alcohol or drug related. Where alcohol has been indirectly related to a violent criminal event and not the principal offence in itself 39% has been the figure estimated.  These numbers are well known to all those involved in the legal system.  Curfews, overnight detentions, fines and occasionally imprisonment have failed to control the problem.  Those alcoholics with means can avail themselves of many medical and pseudo medical practices privately but they are a minority.  Today the government announced its latest initiative to get a grip of this problem; alcohol sensitive tags which measure alcohol in sweat  to be worn around the ankle.  

The results of the two pilots seem too good to be true. It seems to me that the counselling throughout the required period of use and the actions taken when breach is suspected will make or break this scheme. There is no mention in the press release of the probation service whose officers will be at the so called coal face...

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Ambulance: A Home

Written by RSS Poster Medic Scribe

A beautiful spring day.  The sky is robin’s egg blue.  The air smells like fresh cut grass.  We cut our sirens on approach, and are driving now through the residential neighborhood.  Kids are out on their bikes.  There are joggers aplenty.  Nearly every house has someone out beautifying their yard.  Neighbors talk and laugh with one another.  Optimism abounds.  In just a matter of days, the state will begin phase one of the opening, but in this neighborhood you can already see a future that looks just like the past.  A return to glorious normalcy.

People pause and watch us drive slowly past before returning to their conversations.

Several blocks away in this residential neighborhood a man and his wife sit holding hands on the front steps of the home they have lived in for thirty-five years.  Red and yellow tulips line the driveway.  There is a basketball hoop above the garage door and an old swing set in the backyard.  The man, his eyes wet, looks at the woman with concern.  Her hands shake.   A man in a bright yellow hazmat suit wearing...

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Ambulance: 1:52

Written by RSS Poster Medic Scribe

There is a saying that goes like this.  You have a right to walk down the road swinging your arms, but your right to swing your arms freely ends at the point of my nose.  If we want to view this in the great airline seat recline debate, you can recline your chair all you want, but when your chair hits my knees, you can’t go any further.

There have been many pictures of angry protesters without masks yelling at police and even health care workers.  Maybe the government can’t tell you you have to wear a mask, but I think they can tell you you have to wear one when you are out in public and you come within six feet of another person, because the free air your breathing contains respiratory droplets that if you have COVID-19 can slay an innocent person as well as the AK47 you have slung over your shoulder.

I read this article today about a church where in two and a half hours one person infected 52 of 61 members of the choir.  Two of them died. 

How a single person spread coronavirus to 52 people in just 2.5 hours

I believe in the...

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace

Just over ten years ago I posted an item copied below. Readers might wish to add their own ideas of what makes a good magistrate.

by TheJusticeofthePeace @ 15. Feb. 2010. – 16:55:52 

A few years ago........about ten or so...........when applying to be appointed as a Justice of the Peace a candidate had to declare which political party had been the recipient of his/her last general election vote, had to demonstrate that "common sense" was a faculty s/he had and could be demonstrated and that he was or was not a Freemason. With the current new advice from the Ministry of Justice the last of those three declarations has been lifted; the others were removed some years ago. So now those who objected to having to demonstrate common sense, owning up to which party they voted for or confirming or denying they were on the square can apply in good conscience to my boss Jack Straw via the Appointments Committee. 

I wonder what changes in the Ministry`s estimate of what makes a good magistrate will be mandatory in 2020? 

Fire: MFRS supports National Sprinkler Week campaign

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
MFRS supports National Sprinkler Week campaign

Ambulance: Black Light

Written by RSS Poster Medic Scribe

A few posts back I speculated what the corona virus would look like if you could find a way to highlight its presence after an ambulance had been cleaned.

Man Versus Germ

Check out this article and video.  They put some lotion on a man’s hands and let them get some food at a buffet and then they turned on the black light.  They repeated the experiment, but this time encouraging the use of frequent hand washing.

Black light experiment shows how quickly a virus like Covid-19 can spread at a restaurant

I can’t wait for things to open back up (safely), but I will have trepidation for sometime about eating out.

As for the ambulance, if COVID goes on the run, the ambulance may be the last place it is lurking (unless the rigs are regularly “fogged” with decontaminate spray.




Ambulance: Universal Precautions

Written by RSS Poster Medic Scribe

In the early days of the epidemic, EMS dispatchers used code to forewarn EMS crews that a patient had AIDS.  “Patient requires Universal Precautions.”  The meant, we needed to be sure to put our gloves on.  In time universal precautions became standard language for what you were expected to do on every call.  Put your gloves on.

For years most in EMS routinely put their gloves on before encountering a patient.  Some of us put our gloves on only when we expect to encounter fluids.  I do not advocate this approach, but admit to being guilty of it at times.

We have carried decontamination/isolation packages for many years, but until recently, they were rarely used.  The kit might include a gown, gloves, and maybe a hair net.  Today with COVID raging, we are given a shopping bagful of PPE, ten gowns, four N25s, 10 surgical masks, two face shields.  Many crews have to return to the base to get more in the course of the shift or require a supervisor to drop by and replenish their bag.

Yesterday, Connecticut saw its biggest drop...

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Police: Troublesome changes or common sense?

Written by RSS Poster CC Dave Thompson

Wednesday 13 May saw COVID regulations change what is permissible as part of the government’s easing of the lockdown.

Let’s all start by acknowledging this is a tricky ask. The government needs to contain the infection rate, allow a reasonable level of easing and start up the economy. Quite hard.

Before we get to the changes to the restrictions we need to recognise:

  • The lockdown has been very successful in achieving the aim of reducing infections. This is to the great credit of the public and to British Policing who have helped keep this on track. Well done. We have managed to be sensible and proportionate in our approach.
  • It has been so successful it has created some caution about returning to work. Starting up is harder than slowing down!
  • We geared up for a significant rise in hospitalisation and deaths. The news has been grim but the peak has not matched our worst fears. We now have capacity built and ready if events turn. A thank-you to everyone who has got us ready.

A visit to Wolverhampton custody


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Fire: #ReadyWillingAble - MFRS saves lives & supports communities throughout COVID-19

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
#ReadyWillingAble - How MFRS has been saving lives and supporting our communities throughout COVID-19

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