04/04/10 130 W, 1 I - + 7 - 4 Multipatient Medical Event Tests Wake County EMS

EMSResponder.com has posted an excellent article on the February 13 multipatient medical event at the Sheraton Capital Center Hotel in downtown Raleigh. Recall that the Saturday morning incident saw dozens of high school-aged students complaining of nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

The first call was reported at 9:26 a.m. Within a half-hour, three alarm level's worth of medical resources had been dispatched, and a triage area had been established in the hotel. By mid-afternoon, medics had evaulated some 140 patients, and treated 40 of them.

Authors Brent Myers, Skip Kirkwood, and Jon Olson (MD1, Chief 100, Chief 200, respectively) provide ample details on the original call, the operations that commenced, and the lessons learned afterward. Read the article. Or see the incident photos

Mike Legeros photo

And can we have some respectful fun with the alphabet soup after the author’s names? MD, MPH, FACEP, MS, JD, EMT-P, EFO, CMO, MBA/MHA, EMT-P, etc. Here’s what I am thinking for myself: Mike Legeros, FP, FH, FB, HSG, ASA.

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Legeros - 04/04/10 - 14:40

I know those initials all mean a lot of hard work. I have a few after my name as well. And to the unknowing public, they are impressive, although they usually have no idea what they mean after MD, and maybe the JD. But to the people that are in the know…........
Making my way... - 04/04/10 - 18:51

...oh yeah, that much we can surmise. Hard work, and lots of it.
Legeros - 04/04/10 - 18:53

I’ve always wondered which “alphabet” combos were worthy of using regularly. Obviously, MD, EFO, and others are major achievements and are worthy of use. On the other hand, some folks use ones that nobody knows and/or aren’t that hard to get. I paid a fee one time, took a test, and received a letter from the testing agency that I could add letters to end of my name because I passed. I didn’t think it was that big of a deal.
Wondering - 04/05/10 - 08:08

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