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I don’t know the young man in this video, but I do know that he’s full of what makes the grass grow Green. He’s supposed to be from Massachusetts and is showing of his “trauma bag”. It was OK until he got to the suture kit. Which was followed by the snake bite kit. Really, a snake bite kit. Then he showed off his IV supplies. Followed by some other equipment.

BLS providers are not allowed to suture in MA. ALS providers are not allowed to suture in MA. No EMS provider is allowed to suture in MA. What he’s doing with that I can’t imagine.

I’ve never seen a snakebite kit on an ambulance in this state. It’s not like we have a lot any snake bites in this state. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of one, although I suppose it’s possible at a zoo or something. It is true that the Blue Hills Reservation has a large population of the endangered eastern rattler, but I don’t know anyone who has ever seen one, let alone been bitten by one.

Syringes? I don’t remember that on the BLS equipment list, either. BLS personnel as specifically prohibited from carrying ALS equipment on their ambulances. I know some services that used to have to remove their ALS equipment if they only had BLS staff on the trucks. I know the service that this clown works for and I know that they would frown on his video. I’m not going to name the company, but if you look at his other videos, you can figure it out. So, he’s not excessively bright either. Which should come as no surprise to anyone.

I don’t know who this clown is, but I have the sinking feeling I’ll be seeing him as a trainee with my service in the near future. Snake bite kit and all. I’m sure that some training officer will look forward to making him cry.

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After a long career as a field EMS provider, I'm now doing all that back office stuff I used to laugh at. Life is full of ironies, isn't it? I still live in the Northeast corner of the United States, although I hope to change that to another part of the country more in tune with my values and beliefs. I still write about EMS, but I'm adding more and more non EMS subject matter. Thanks for visiting.


  1. Shouldn’t this be a direct violation of company policy? I believe there is something somewhere that should merit some kind (I think we all know what should happen) disciplinary action because if his elevator isn’t going to the top and he’s doing stuff like this- well, I wouldn’t want him as my employee!

  2. That’s his employer’s issue to deal with. I just don’t like fools like this representing the profession.

  3. I agree its his employer’s issue to deal with but still I hope some wise mature training officer busts his chops ‘cough cough” enough to get him out of the ranks of the true professional EMS personnel.

  4. I’m not familiar with the training procedures of the company he works for so I don’t know what, if anything, might happen. My only concern is that people like this guy give a very unrealistic view of EMS to people who don’t know much, if anything about it.

  5. Speaking of rattlesnake bites, I don’t know if it’s true or urban legend, but somehow, someone discovered that a stun gun with a 25,000+ volt jolt will neutralize rattlesnake venom. The theory is that the snake venom is positively charged and is attracted to the negatively charged nerves of our nervous system. The electric shock is said to neutralize the positive charge of the snake venom, rendering it harmless. Can anyone confirm this?

  6. Sounds like an urban legend, which is a nice way of saying bullshit, to me. However, feel free to give it a try and get back to us. Getting a Tazer probably won’t be too tough, but I think getting a rattlesnake might be a bit of a challenge.

  7. well from what I saw none of the syringes had needles, he has NO concept of infection control, near the end is a uncapped syringe he’s playing with.and his “albuteral inhaler” looked to me like is was just a spacerlikely his “suture kit” was actually a suture removal kit- which is pretty much a pair of small sterile scissors.what no “o2 sat” lolnice to meet you at the northeast blogger meetB-

  8. “But, the O2 sat said 100%, so she couldn’t need oxygen.” :)Nice to meet you too. I never did get to tell what great work hospice nurses do under very difficult circumstances. My hat is off to you.

  9. 25,000 volts to treat a rattlesnake bite? Since their mortality in the US is around 2.6% without treatment (antivenin, not electricity), I’d think that Tasering your patient or yourself seems a wee bit harsh. Since poisonous snakes in Massachusetts are so rare to to actually be endangered, so I think the point is moot for the Youtube EMT.

  10. Huh. Was a volunteer firefighter paramedic once, many, many, many years ago.I did have an actual suture kit in my bags – but not as a FR, as a soldier.And the only person I ever sutured was myself.Once. It’s a real PITA. Did a nice job, though. The PA who handed me the scissors to remove ’em complimented me on my work.And ragged me for doing it. But, hey, it was a 30 mile drive over dirt roads to a facility where they could do that for me.In my defense, however, I would note what I’m #1 in Google for…Reference the stun gun snakebite thing… there is this review of the literature.

  11. I remember the post you put up when you had the unfortunate incident with the sharp object. As I recall, SWMBO restricted your access thereto for a while. As to the Taser thing, I did a quick look earlier and was surprised that someone took it seriously enough to do a study.

  12. Suturing? I don’t know of any set of EMS protocols ANYWHERE that allow providers of any level to suture. The only people who have any sort of pre-hospital anything that are allowed to do that are military providers, like combat medics and navy corpsmen attached to the FMF.This kid has a lot of chutzpah to allow himself to be videoed and published, too. And Jim is right; he is a whacker extraordinaire

  13. I know some remote area medics, drilling platforms come to mind, that do suturing, but certainly not in an urban situation like he works in. Anonymous is right that it looks more like a suture removal kit. Which is almost as bad.

  14. Not sure about the rattlesnake venom/Taser bit, but I do recall seeing articles about a mild electrical current helping to neutralize either brown recluse or black widow spider venom, quite awhile back….And Sumdood with the “trauma bag”? Poser! Looks like a photographer’s bag, filled with first aid odds and ends instead of camera equipment. Other than the purported “airway stuff” and “drugs” (I couldn’t get a close enough look to tell *what* was in those bags/bottles), I didn’t see anything in there I couldn’t readily lay my hands on at Walmart, a decent pharmacy, or my veterinarian’s office. If he’s trying to look cool, it’s a big-time FAIL ’cause he just looks ignorant.Did he really refer to normal saline as some of his “sterilization stuff”?!? Surely no self-respecting BLS/ALS provider would describe hydrogen peroxide’s bubbling action with the words “to show it’s working”! And topical anesthetic/rub-on arthritis relief for geriatric patients? WTF?

  15. The bag is pretty standard around here for EMS. I think Iron Duck makes it, but I’m not 100% sure. As for the rest, you’re completely accurate, with one exception. More like Sumdoap with a trauma bag, than Sumdood.

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