September 22nd, 2005

EMS

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Last year, I went to the UK on business and decided to go on ride-alongs with the Reading NHS service. I dropped them email before I left and they immediately agreed. Very informal.

When my upcoming UK travel was decided, I figured I should go observe in London. They were happy to hear my request but are a bit more formal. I had to send them a signed waiver of release, a signed 'observer notes' form agreeing not to turn the knobs or press the buttons unless I'm asked to, a copy of my malpractice insurance coverage, and a letter from my 'service executive' supporting my request.

I sent them PDFs of all of those things yesterday and mailed the originals. Today I heard back from them; I've apparently been accepted to observe next Saturday.

The London Ambulance Service does 3,000 calls a day. Should be interesting. The woman coordinating my observer shift says that crews do 8 - 16 calls per shift... That's pretty much what I see in a month between my four services.

This month's JEMS has a big article on London's EMS response to the bombings. I'm going to take a copy to give to my crew.

AFFF

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...emblematic of a trend toward Islamic conservatism sweeping the Middle East. Though statistics are hard to come by, he said, the percentage of young Arab women who wear the hijab is far higher now than it was a decade ago, and though many girls are wearing it by choice, others are being pressured to do so.

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/22/international/middleeast/22doll.html?ex=1285041600&en=72bb8cc089bf9435&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss
AFFF

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I just noticed that I've been on LJ for over three years... My first post was September 4, 2002.

Also, does anyone know of a tool that exports all of your entries into a text format?