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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

2016-09-30 I cut my finger:

Hello Lorraine,      From looking at the picture you included it looks like the wound is relatively shallow, not deep enough to worry at all about nerve damage. it should heal well in a week or so. Remember

2016-05-25 Grazed Bullet Thigh Wound:

Hello Briar,    Here are some answers:    1. He may have a slight limp. He should be able to run well, especially if he really needs to get away in a hurry.     2. Yes, soap and water should work well

2016-04-10 Disembowelment:

Hello Michael,    I apologize for taking longer than usual to get back to you. Abdominal organs can cycle large volumes of blood through them and therefore your character would likely die pretty fast after

2016-04-02 Chances of getting tetanus:

Hello Pake,    Here in the U.S. all school age children are required to have certain immunizations (including tetanus). Tetanus generally is found in the soil, so being stabbed with a pen or used insulin

2016-03-22 tourniquet:

Hello Rob,    In the past it was always said to leave the tourniquet as a last resort to stop bleeding. This is because the make-shift tourniquets made from a neck tie or shoe string were too thin and


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