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We hear certain words and phrases everyday in this business. In fact, we probably hear them too often because they are commonly mis-used. I thought it might be fun to throw a few "snippets" out there and discuss them. Additional input is welcome.
"FULLY-INVOLVED" ... This one should be self-explanatory. This is not what you use to describe a building with just smoke showing or a vehicle with a fire just in the engine compartment. "Fully involved" means the entire things is on fire. I guess you could get away with saying something like "Division 1 is fully involved" if you really wanted to stretch it, but even that could get confusing.
"CONFINEMENT" vs. "ENTRAPMENT" ... If you're uninjured but can't get out of the vehicle, are you confined or entrapped? Most people will probably say confined but if you can't get out then aren't you also entrapped? Maybe it's time to stop saying entrapment and start describing this type of situation as "confinement" or "entanglement". If you just need help getting the door open, then I say you're confined. But, if you need to have the car cut away from around you, then you're probably entangled.
"FULL CODE" ... I love this one because it gets everyone's heart beating faster. The nursing home personnel throw this one around all the time. "Full code" does not necessarily mean the patient is in full arrest. More likely, it means that if they happen to go into full arrest while they're being transported to the hospital for their flu-like symptoms, then the EMS crew should probably try to save them. The opposite of "full code" is "do not resucitate (DNR)".