[quote=newfydog;645347]I feel there are some valid points on both sides here.
In one of my tests, two of us had to lift a scoop with 240lb patient with splints and O2 on. I asked for some help for the lift and the examiner said none is available. We did the lift and our backs survived.
Later it pissed me off. I found that extra help is just about always available. The instructor shouldn't have played that game.
Funny you should mention that, I took the senior prep clinic 2 weeks ago. One of my scenarios, was a guy in an awkward position with flail chest, broken arm and a suspect spine. He was 6ft 4in and there were 3 of us, 2 fairly small guys and a petite gal. one of us was holding c-spine, which left 2 of us to get him on the backboard on a fairly steep slope. I looked up at the advocate and the examiner, and asked if they were available to help, they answered no. They then let us go all the way through to where he would be loaded on the sled. In my 7 years working with patrol, and I've seen a LOT of backboards, as soon as the call goes over the radio for a backboard, at least
4 extra patrollers, if not more, will beat the backboard to the scene, plus the board bearer, plus the guy carrying O2 makes 7. Why he made us do it, I understand, but once he was on and secure, he could have given s a break.
We got it done, and I did get some praise for a couple of maneuvers I did, but it still sucked. Thank god the 6'4" patroller/patient was thin, but he still weighed at least 190.
Originally Posted by Lars
tell me that Lars behaved in an honorable and decent manner.
Jer, lighten up on Lars, he critiqued on what he read, as I'm sure we've all done. Yes, the initial facts were wrong, and yes, a man died. But if we don't learn from others mistakes, someone else may pay the same price. Are we supposed to not talk about somethng if it involves a fatality? Maybe it was a hair too soon to talk about, so it might say something of his sensitivity, but it does nothing to impugn his honor or decency.And reading back on some of your posts, including this one, you're not exactly the pillar of compassion either.