#StraightFromMyNotebook – Signs of Death

Presumptive signs of death

  • Unresponsive to pain
  • No pulse (carotid)
  • No breathing
  • No deep tendon or corneal reflexes
  • No eye movement
  • No systole
  • Profound cyanosis
  • Low core temperature

Definitive Signs of Death

  • Obvious Mortal damage (ie decapitation)
  • Dependent lividity (blood settling)
  • Rigor mortis (stiffening of muscles, 2-12 hours after death)
  • Putrefaction (decomposition of body tissues (40-96 hours after death))

*Note*  #StraightFromMyNotebook posts are condensed from my actual notebooks and class materials. Text Used is : Emergency Care And Transportation Of The Sick And Injured: A Comprehensive Guide

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A Date Which Will Live In Infamy

January 27, 2014

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As I was discussing the life with my friend The Captain. He says to me “You should come on a ride along! The only way to know for sure if this is something you’re interested in is to try it for a day.” After looking at the web site for his department I thought they did not allow ride-alongs, so I mentioned that to him. He says “No way, we do it all the time!!!” My mind reeled at the possibility. Captain says “yeah, I’ll send you the link for the paperwork and we’ll get it set up for a couple weeks from now”.

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This Nerd Is On Fire – Andy Garcia

Andy Garcia and I used to work together. He is a nerd as well (see question 3). He made the change I am attempting. Andy works with the Golder Ranch Fire District. I sent him a laundry list of questions, and he was gracious enough to let me post his replies! (Thanks Andy!)

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1. Please tell us a bit about yourself

My name is Andy Garcia and I recently made the transition into the fire service as a full-time firefighter/EMT. I am someone who decided on a career straight out of high school and I was always in fear of not reaching my full potential. Though I loved certain aspects of my previous career, the fulfillment just wasn’t there. I feel I’ve always been someone that tried to adapt the best I could to new environments in new situations and I knew that was going to be a huge factor in me making this transition.

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#StraightFromMyNotebook – Transmission methods

An infectious disease is a medical condition caused by growth and spread of small, harmful organisms.

A communicable disease is a disease that can spread from one person to another.

Transmission is the way an infectious disease gets spread

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  • Direct Contact – Touching person to person
  • Indirect Contact – Spread of infection through an inanimate object. (An object that transmits infection is called a fomite).
  • Airborne Transmission – Through mechanisms like droplets (sneeze droplets, ew) or dust.
  • Vector borne – Infection by animal or insect bites etc.

*Note*  #StraightFromMyNotebook posts are condensed from my actual notebooks and class materials. Text Used is : Emergency Care And Transportation Of The Sick And Injured: A Comprehensive Guide

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