Way to Go

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He was found unresponsive on the city bench with a needle in his hand. The first responding police office shook him and he was able to come around with naloxone.  By the time I arrive, he is alert and angry. Three police officers stand around him with their arms crossed. He doesn’t want to go […]

A Different Day

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I worked twelve hours in the city today.  My partner and I lucked out as far as the COVID calls went.  I heard a ton of them go out, including a couple of cardiac arrests that sounded like they fit the bill of a person not feeling well for a couple of days with a […]

Turn for the Worse

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Not the best news today. First off, I learned a friend of mine has been admitted to the hospital after taking a turn for the worst at home.  My friend is not on a vent, but requires 100% 02 by nonrebreather mask. It is a reminder that behind each of these case numbers there is […]

Fatal ODs

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  The Connecticut Department of Public Health just released a warning to local public health directors of increased fatalities due to opioid overdoses, based on recent data from the Connecticut Medical Examiner’s Office. This has been a feared response of public health authorities in the midst of the COVID-109 epidemic. Historical data showed increased substance […]

Hypoxia

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Pouring rain and violent wind today in Connecticut.  It almost blew our hospital tent off the mountain.   I am home now and just finishing up making notifications to EMS services about COVID-positive patients.  Curiously, for the first time, one of the notifications was for a patient I was involved with as a paramedic.  Normally when […]

Every Day is Today

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Woke up this morning feeling much better. What a good night sleep and an extra melatonin pill will do for you. Yesterday I was prepared to do a two day home isolation under the feeling sick rule, and was trying to figure out how to get tested, but now I am feeling great. I am […]

PPE When Seconds Matter

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“Are there circumstances where you treat a patient before you put on your full PPE?” This question provoked great debate with some saying you absolutely have to put on your full PPE in this age of COVID. My take on it is it would be great if you could, but it is not always so […]

Easter

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I worked the city today, and after a slow start, banged out 5 calls, and then they sent us in.  Volume is down,  plus today, as a holiday, we get double time and a half.  I could have stayed at the base and clocked the last three hours, but I wanted to get home to […]

Looking Better?

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Things for Connecticut as a state seems to be looking better, best illustrated by this chart as the number of new hospitalizations seems to be plateauing of dropping. Southern Connecticut has been hardest hit, but while it may be waxing there, the wave is starting to hit Hartford or maybe already be hitting Hartford and […]

The Meg

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Several new articles out in recent days suggest corona virus may have been circulating unnoticed in the United States for months, going back at far as early Fall before it was  noticed.  The possibility is being used to explain why California has largely escaped the epidemic, due to, it is postulated, herd immunity acquired over […]

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