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Day 2 pictures 044 (There are a small fleet of vehicles for the city of Zadar.  These are located just behind the EMS Institute.  Keep in mind, the EMS institute would be equivalent to our headquarters, that housed operations and a walk in clinic.)
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Day 2 pictures 046 (Dr. Paul Satterlee, Dr. RJ Frascone, Dr. Arron Burnett, and Brian LaCroix.)
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Day 2 pictures 053 (In Croatia there is a driver, Nurse and Doctor on the unit.  This is know as team 1.  Team 2 is a driver, and two nurses.  Here the driver is doing the morning checks.  Drivers help and have some medical training, help move the patients but primary duty is to drive.  They are incredibly dedicated and protective of their team.)
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Day 2 pictures 062 (The forward facing seat is a great and much safer.  No bench seat!)
Day 2 pictures 064 (Side view of the ambulance.)
Day 2 pictures 065 (Translated - Institute of Emergency Medicine, Zadar County.)
Day 2 pictures 066 (Ambulance Medical Directors office.  Way to clean!!)
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Day 2 pictures 069 (Translated - Head Nurse - Technician.  In Croatia if you are a nurse and technician are the same job function and training.  But men are not referred to as nurses.  If you are a male, trained as a nurse, you are a technician.)
Day 2 pictures 070 (Our first exposure to a Croatian lunch.  Nothing processed.  Cheese, meat, bread, and sliced vegetables.  It was delicious!  Note the fresh flowers!)
Day 2 pictures 071 (Zelco speaking about the operation of the EMS institute.  Zelco reminded me of Grew from Despicable me.  He not only sounded like him, but bears some resemblance.  Zelco is an amazing leader, and oversees the nuts and bolts of the operation.  Everything from Hiring, firing, paying staff, non-medical policy and much more.  Our jobs have many similarities.  Zelco is also a war veteran of the war that ended in 1992.  We have incredible respect for this man!)
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Day 2 pictures 073 (Our primary hosts for the duration of our visit.  They were amazingly kind to us and treated us so well.  Tremendous hosts!!)
Day 2 pictures 074 (The words above us on the canopy  literally translates - Emergency Medical Services)
Day 2 pictures 075 (Great picture!)
Day 2 pictures 076 (There were an occasionally building still bear the signs of war that was not that long ago.  Here this building has bullet holes and damage from shelling.  This was directly across from the EMS Institute.)
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Day 2 pictures 081 (Time to load up and head out.)
Day 2 pictures 082 (No, not a boarder crossing.  Although we did a lot of walking from place to place, no wonder the Croatians are lean and trim.)
Day 2 pictures 083 (check out the ECG!  Very cool!!)
Day 2 pictures 084 (Back at the Hotel.  Dr. Koser (Turbo - Skeeter) is telling us a story.  He is quite skilled at this.)
Day 2 pictures 085 (This is a very nice hotel about 200 yards from the ocean.)
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Day 2 pictures 087 (Each morning we would mill about waiting for our transportation.  We would often gather just outside the hotel and chat.)
Day 2 pictures 088 (Picture of Paul taking a picture.)
Day 2 pictures 089 (At times it was akin to an amusement park ride as a passenger in the vehicles.  The driving was crazy.  Lot's of traffic.  Here Dr. Aaron is hanging on.)
Day 2 pictures 090 (Zelco, was one of the more sane drivers!  We mostly safe when he was driving!)
Day 2 pictures 091 (Zelco with a toothy smile.  I'm telling you he could be Grew!)
Day 2 pictures 092 (Another building that have remains of the war with bullet holes.  Lots of graffiti on buildings.  When asked if it was gang related, we are told no, just kids being kids.)
Day 2 pictures 093 (Hard to tell but this is one of the Zadar Ambulance's running Code III to a call.  They only run blue lights, no red or white strobes.)
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Day 2 pictures 098 (This shot is from the restaurant we had dinner at on day one.  The marina directly across from us and the nearby island in the distance.)
Day 2 pictures 099 (Now this is serious.  They don't tow your car, they pick it up and drop it on the flatbed!  Yikes!!)
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Day 2 pictures 104 (Dinner on day one at a local restaurant.)
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Day 2 pictures 107 (Our team leader Rick, presenting to the Institute Director and the Medical Director.)
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Day 2 pictures 111 (Two doctors with Toothy smiles!)
Day 2 pictures 112 (Outdoor seating, adjacent to the ocean.  Not a bad start to our trip.  This was a great icebreaker for the two teams!)
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Day 2 pictures 115 (Zelco and Al are the "connection" between Croatia and our MN team.  Both retired military, they worked together and a very long story made short they kicked off this idea.)
Day 2 pictures 116 (War stories.)
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Day 2 pictures 122 (Head Nurse Maria.)
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Day 2 pictures 124 (Gifts that had a book about Zadar and the area.  The bag is super cool, as is the book!)
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Day 2 pictures 128 (Like many European Countries a large number of people smoke.  This was odd for us as the US has banned smoking in just about every public venue.  We were giving the head nurse a hard time about smoking and asked if there was a warning label on the cigarette package.  She said, "yes, it says you will die if you keep smoking."  We laughed!  Nearly every place we went they gave you an ash tray.  Maria was a great sport and a lot of fun!)
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Day 2 pictures 136 (This is how much of the meat is cooked.  Open wood grill.  The heat coming off this was impressive.  It's about 82 degrees in the evening, and likely 100+ near the grill.  The taste of the food from this type of cooking is distinctive and wonderful!)
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Day 2 pictures 139 (Pinning the US/Croatian Flag pin on the Institute Medical Director Vladco.  I may have misspelled his name.  Please feel free to correct me.)
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Day 2 pictures 143 (Great smile Vladco!)
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IMG_5044 (This picture begins day 2.  We had to wear a dress shirt, tie and coat.  Mission for the day is to go to the hospital to meet with hospital staff, and then off to meet with the Deputy Governor.  It's 9am and already over 80 degrees with 80% humidity.  This is the only time in these series of pictures we are not sweating.)
IMG_5046 (Dr. Turbo-Skeeter, he never sweats!)
IMG_5047 (Landscape just past the hotel with the Adriatic in the distance.  Lush and a paradise like climate (when you're not wearing a suite).)
IMG_5048 (Zadar County Hospital.  Healthcare is run by the state.  this is an old beautiful building.)
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IMG_5051 (Sharp looking group!  Did I mention it's hot and humid?)
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IMG_5053 (Ambulance from another country.)
IMG_5054 (You can tell where a vehicle is from by looking at the first two letters of the plate.  It indicates what country it is from.  I don't recall what OP was, perhaps one of the team does, feel free to comment!)
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IMG_5056 (Another odd looking ambulance from a different country.)
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IMG_5058 (Meeting with the hospital staff.  They had great air-conditioning!!!)
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IMG_5060 (Brian LaCroix about to begin our presentation about EMS in the USA.  He's greeted by one of the head physicians.  If anyone recalls his name please comment.)
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IMG_5062 (A great shot of Brian beginning his talk.  Brian is a skilled speaker and did a great job at providing an overview of Minnesota EMS.)
IMG_5063 (Dr. RJ Frascone discusses the Physician component of our presentation.)
IMG_5065 (Dr. Aaron Burnett discusses the EMS residency program in Minnesota.)
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IMG_5067 (Pat McCauley discussed the Level I trauma center portion of our presentation.  it was a great team presentation!)
IMG_5068 (Pat, sharply dress and does a really nice job presenting.  Note the Croatian crest above pat on the wall.)
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IMG_5070 (Treats following the presentation.  This is a typical Croatian snack, doughnut type holes rolled in sugar and juice or water.  They were very tasty!)
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IMG_5073 (A true firefighter!  This was a fire extinguisher next to the large propane tank.  I was thinking... Really, if the propane tank goes up, these fire extinguishers won't be helpful.  But you have to admire the safety of the cage, keeping flammable items away, and the security.  Great tie Tim!)
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IMG_5086 (Translated this is the Internal Department Reception.  Or Entrance to the Internal Medicine Department.  There is currently no emergency room in Zadar.  So you need to go to the department to treat your injury or medical issue.  You must be referred here or the ambulance can take you here directly.  But you cant just show up.)
IMG_5087 (The woman in Blue is the head nurse over the Internal medicine Department.  She's about to give us a tour.)
IMG_5088 (Directly inside there are six rooms with two beds each.  There are patients in each of these rooms and they are full.  Here the nurse explains the operations.)
IMG_5091 (This is just around the corner from where we were all standing.  The other rooms have modern Stryker type beds.  This is an overflow area.  There is a patient behind the curtain to the right.  This is also the nurses station.)
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IMG_5094 (At all the areas we visited they use the suction cup 12-lead electrodes.  Much more echo friendly!)
IMG_5095 (This was also common to see a metal cabinet with the emergency medications in it.  They are neatly arranged.)
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IMG_5099 (A second nurses station just outside the hall our group is meeting.)
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IMG_5102 (Just down from the internal medicine area was the surgery area.  This surgery suite is not as modern as those on the floor above.  This has minimal essential equipment to take care of emergency surgical needs right near where patients are assessed.)
IMG_5103 (Anesthesia Respirator equipment.)
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IMG_5106 (Here the Surgery Resident with our Physician leaders.)
IMG_5107 (From the hospital we began what I termed "the Danang Death March."  We began walking from here to the government building over a mile away.  It's about 88 degrees, 82% humidity.  We're on our way to meet with Deputy Governor. This is a building just down the street from the hospital.  Many of the buildings had graffiti on them.)
IMG_5109 (Some of the Graffiti was quite talented.  I was not able to translate Zdanie.)
IMG_5110 (This would be equivalent to our special transportation.  This would be anyone who needed medical transportation that would not qualify for an emergency response.  Here the driver is hanging out waiting for the next assignment.  No different than from USA.)
IMG_5112 (Continuing our walk from the hospital to the Government building.  Here we are about to enter the old city of Zadar.  This was build in the 15 century, and is the city gate.  Originally was a drawbridge with a mote.  Once entrance on the left was for chariots and the right was for people.  The center was for large carts, wagons and larger items.)
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IMG_5115 (We are about to walk through the gate and turn right through the opening you see.  This brings you to the city watering hole.)
IMG_5116 (This was a huge area perhaps smaller than a football field.  As rain would fall on this area, the water was diverted to a huge cistern located below.  The cistern would hold hundred of thousands of gallons of fresh water.  People living in the city would come to draw water.  It was enough for the entire city within the walls.)
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IMG_5125 (We arrive at the Government building, overheated, very very sweaty and tired.  We welcomed water and air-conditioning.  We were soppy wet.)
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IMG_5127 (Governmental officials that greeted us.)
IMG_5128 (Božidar Longin is the deputy Governor of Zadar County. He greeted us and was very interested in our findings.  He hosted us for our farewell dinner and we really enjoyed getting to know him.  He is tremendously proud of Zadar and the Croatian people,  To his right is the Zadar County EMS Institute director and to left the official interpreter for the meeting.)
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IMG_5131 (The Deputy Governor provide a very nice picture book to our group of Zadar County.)
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IMG_5133 (Rick pins the US/Croatian flag pin on the Deputy Governor.)
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IMG_5137 (Great diplomatic picture in front of the Zadar County Flag.)
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IMG_5140 (Our two City of St. Paul leaders Rick Larkin and Tim Butler share thanks with the Deputy Governor.)
IMG_5141 (Note the small white tea cup on the table.  This is espresso that is served either straight up or with cre)
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