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I received this fantastic comment on one of my posts about Narcan, and it was too good not to give it a post of its own and the attention it deserves. Are you sure it (Narcan) only lasts 30 minutes? I feel like it is longer. Unfortunately, I was one of those junkies at one […]

Working in Full PPE

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We are fortunate in a way that COVID-19 has hit us at a time of year when the weather is not at an extreme.  If I wear my reflector jacket, our PPE gowns don’t fit me.  It’s not so cold that I can’t enter a house without my jacket on, but come winter, climbing over […]

Shower

The fire department had three of their men in full gowns when we arrived.  The patient was up on the fourth floor, unable to walk, they said.  They weren’t certain what was wrong with him — he wasn’t answering questions–but he had been shaking and vomiting all morning, and he had just gotten out of […]

Temperature Checks: White Walker

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I had my temperature taken seven times yesterday at work on the ambulance.  I had it taken on arrival at work, and then multiple times later on entering health care facilities, including an emergency room.  My highest temperature was 96.8.  Sometimes I ask the testers if they have ever encountered anyone who had a fever […]

Bear’s Smokehouse

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Yesterday the company rotated cars back to our base for lunch where we discovered Bear’s Smokehouse had donated pulled pork sandwiches and macaroni and cheese to our ambulance crews.  While we had to eat and get back on the road so other crews could come in, it was a welcome break and as the food […]

COVID-19 and Cardiac Arrest

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Out of hospital cardiac arrests rose by 58% in Italy during the first 40 days of the COVID-19 outbreak in Italy, according to research published in the New England Journal of Medicine, compared to the same time interval a year earlier.  More arrests occurred at home, more were unwitnessed, EMS took longer to respond and […]

Uptick

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For the first time in 13 days, Connecticut COVID hospitalizations went up not just statewide, but in each of its three biggest counties.  Hopefully this is just a blip, and not the start of a new trend.  I know at our hospital, many of the recent admissions have not been new cases of COVID, but […]

Three Scenarios

Yesterday when Connecticut saw its 12th straight day of hospitalization drops as well as a continuing trend of lower deaths, the University of Washington COVID-19 model raised its forecast death toll for the state from 3,315 to 4,047. The reason was the state is beginning to relax its social distancing policies and open up more […]

COVID Free Zone

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Hospitalizations have dropped for eleven days in a row in Connecticut, and for the first time there was a decent drop in deaths that should continue as the deaths usually lag hospitalizations by one to two weeks. Normally I work on Sunday, but since I went part time a month or so ago, I have […]

Connecticut 3rd in Nation in COVID Death Rate

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The Hartford Courant reported yesterday Connecticut has one of the highest COVID death rates in the nation.  The primary reasons for this are we are a small densely populated state with a high elderly population, many nursing homes and three of the poorest cities in the nation (where multiple people with underlying health conditions live […]

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