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The Engine Company Medic: Scene Management

By Mick Messoline Previously, we talked about foundations of medicine. Being prepared mentally and physically is critical for success, as is ensuring that all your equipment is present and functioning. The value of a quick and accurate field impression from a well-orchestrated initial assessment was emphasized. Ultimately, selecting the appropriate treatment path for any given patient is fundamentally the most important thing a paramedic can do. Putting all these parts together and deciding how to prioritize patient needs is fraught with controversy for the engine company medic. Deciding which interventions should happen on scene versus during transport has been a longstanding debate. The...

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