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  • #16
    Originally posted by Cobra65 View Post
    How long did it take to get through all of that?
    For me about 2-3 weeks I got a boil in my left arm pit about the size of a baseball. When the dr lanced it, it sprayed across the room. My wife got it on here L knee. Over all this went on off and on for about 5 months.
    Get the first line into operation.

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    • #17
      Oy - I'm sorry
      "Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible" - Frank Zappa

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      • #18
        MRSA climbed to the top of my list after I read an article about how some of the strains are morphing into flesh-eating bacteria, combine that with the fact that last month I had a doctor inform me that MRSA can be transmitted by earwax. Now I constantly sterilize the earpieces on my stethoscope and use sanitizing wipes, we carry on the truck, on any pair I need to borrow before and after I use them. I can't remember want the wipes are called but they're advertised as able to kill just about everything; Viruses, bacteria, fungi it's supposed to kill them all.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Cobra65 View Post
          So far, I've heard TB, HIV Aids, Meningitis, H1N1, Hepatitis A, B, C & D. Thoughts?
          TB: Treatable and reasonably easy to protect against with normal precautions plus respiratory protection.

          HIV: Untreatable, difficult to catch through normal patient contact, and easy to protect against.

          Meningitis: Seriousness depends on the form but generally preventable with normal precautions.

          H1N1: Not an issue. The majority of seasonal flu for the last decade was some form of H1N1. If you're referring to 2009-H1N1-Swine Flu, there's a vaccination and normal precautions will prevent it anyway.

          Hep A & B: Not an issue. Vaccinations are available; anyone in EMS should have them.

          Hep C: Untreatable, easy to catch, but preventable with normal precautions.

          Hep D: Rare in the US, not easy to catch, and preventable with normal precautions.

          Of the infectious diseases listed, I'd be the most concerned about TB in areas where it's known to occur as it usually requires a slightly higher level of precaution that the rest. I'd worry about flu, simply because it's so universally found and easy to catch. Most of the rest are easily preventable with routine use of PPE, good work practices, and proper engineering controls.
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          • #20
            Gonasyphlherpeaids

            Look out for that one.
            I am now a past chief and the views, opinions, and comments are mine and mine alone. I do not speak for any department or in any official capacity. Although, they would be smart to listen to me.

            "The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list."

            "When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the Fire Department usually uses water."

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            • #21
              Originally posted by ChiefKN View Post
              Gonasyphlherpeaids

              Look out for that one.
              Hmmm, don't remember that one from 1979 high school classes
              "Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible" - Frank Zappa

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              • #22
                the zombie virus.....!!!
                but seriously all of the above are my concern. I enjoy being healthy, and even the common cold sucks and can cause problems.

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