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I am available to answer most questions related to: first aid, pre- hospital medicine, EMT and Paramedic questions, medical transport, critical care transport, ICU/CCU care, sedation, and medicine in general.

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I have worked as a NYS Paramedic since 1993 for both community based ambulance companies and large commercial agencies. I Have experience as bike team commander, and shift supervisor for a commercial ambulance. As a member of the Disaster team I was deployed to Louisiana for 20 days following hurricane Katrina. I worked along side the county Haz-Mat team as a "Tox-Medic" with advanced training in treating injuries from chemical agents. Besides my experience on the on the ambulance I have worked in a number of hospital based offices including dialysis and a sleep lab.


I started my EMS career as a NYS CFR (Certified First Responder)in 1989, an EMT in 1991, a Paramedic since 1993, and a CCU transport paramedic since 2005. I currently hold certification as a: NYS Paramedic, Critical Care Transport Paramedic, ACLS/CPR/PALS certified. Advanced Haz-Mat Life Support certified (AHLS). In the past I have taught CPR and ACLS to my coworkers and the local community.

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Recent Answers from Marcus LaBarbera

2017-01-15 Albuterol Overdose:

Hello May,    Albuterol is fairly safe, caffeine is in the same drug class as albuterol the methyl xanthines. My first question is, why did you take so much at once? If you were having such a difficult

2016-12-16 Two painful small bumps on my tongue:

Hello Lilly,    What you have is likely an opportunistic infection (similar to a "cold sore"). The infection is possibly in your body every day but your immune system is strong enough to keep you from

2016-12-14 Help needed:

Hello Damian,    Sorry to hear about your family's illness. It sounds a lot like a form of the rotovirus (see a reputable site for more on this.. either he CDC or your ministry of health). It's important

2016-12-12 Car Crash (Fictional):

Hello again,    a.  she would have increasing difficulty in taking a breath (because the space between the chest wall and the lung would be filled with more and more air). Chest decompression in the field

2016-12-10 Car Crash (Fictional):

Hello again Maya,      Sorry for the delay in answering you. OK, Mia may be unconscious (though that probably doesn't help your story much). It is also possible she is in a lot of pain, disoriented, only


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