Anonymous said: I love seeing cadets / young blood in EMS or Fire. They really want to be there, and they are eager to help and learn. I get upset when members are hard on them, because there isn't anything more discouraging than being chewed out for wanting to learn.
Anonymous said: I'm so sick of hearing/seeing my fellow EMS workers whine about how messed up this line of work makes them. Yes, we sometimes see some horrific shit. If you can't move on by the next call, this job isn't for you. You're no good to your next patient.
I hate to admit it because it’s something I’m working on, but this is so accurate. I’ll get caught up on a call and I’m useless to my next patient. I’ll get better at it though. I do not have much of a choice.
Anonymous said: I really wanted to become a paramedic when i was older but my family keeps on putting me down for it and says people who get straight A's in school shouldn't be working for this profession its for people who gets C's.
Um.. I was one of three people in my class of twelve chosen to dual enroll advanced EMT and paramedic at the same time. I made straight a’s. Don’t tell me my profession is for C averages.
Doesn’t matter where you’re at, what you look like, the things you hate or like. As long as your heart is in the same place, in Fire protection or EMS, wanting to help and protect the lives and property of people you are family.
1. People die.
2. You can not always prevent number one.
3. You aren’t required to know everything.
4. You are required to know the foundational knowledge and skills of your job. NO EXCEPTIONS!
5. Blue is bad.
6. Air goes in and out, blood goes round and round. Any variation of this is bad.
7. If you drop the baby, pick it up!
8. Remember when dealing with patients, families, and supervisors; if it felt good saying it, it was the wrong thing to say.
9. All bleeding stops….Eventually…
10. Generally, its a BAD thing to use the terms “That’s not good” or “oh shit” in refrence to the patients condition.
11. It’s okay to pet the dog, even with gloves on.
12. All patients have a full stomach.
13. A patients wieght is directly proportional to the probablitly that the elevator does not work.
14.If you respond to a car accident after midnight and do not find someone drunk, keep looking, you are missing a patient.
15. The dead seldom get better, on the other hand, they never get worse!
16. An unconsciouse patient is a co-operative patient.
17. Most of your patients will be healthier then you are.
18. If during your transport, your driver yells don’t look out the front window… or the back, abide by this.
19. If its stupid but it works, its not stupid.
20. Training is learning the rules: experience is learning the exceptions.
21. Dispatchers will never miss their lunch breaks… they can also ensure you get yours.
22. Patients who fall or get injured outside will always move inside to the top floor bedroom before calling 911 because they can no longer walk.
23.To figure out the true amount of drinks a drunk has had, take the number they say and multiply it by 2 and add 3.
24. In apartments your patient will always be at the last room at the end of the hall on the left.
25.Common sense… is NOT common.
26. Think of your shift as a game. Survivor, the 12 hour version.
27. There are only 3 kinds of patients; 1) Ill, 2) Injured 3) Ignorant… 3 usually leads to 1 or 2.
28. Standard responses from nursing home staff include: it’s not my patient, I just got here, I was on vacation, they are new here, It’s not my floor, I think so, I am only here 1 day a week, I didn’t ask for the fire department, I don’t see it on their chart.
29. Don’t ever lie to your patient. If something is awkward to say, learn to say it without lying.
30. Proper use of a BVM is hard and takes practice.
31. OPAs and NPAs make using a BVM less hard.
32. Carry your weight.
33. Carry the patient.
34. If the FD or PD does #33 for you, make sure you thank them!
35. Have someone to talk to when the world crashes down.
36. Let human tragedy enhance your appreciation for all that you have.
EMT class: In MVC’S you always cut the clothing off, you need to visually inspect for injuries everywhere.
Real world EMS: You having pain? No? Aiight cool.
Snoring in Doc’s Humvee? Time for some advanced airway practice.
I had a man witness his own heart stop. He was having an arrhythmia (I’ll spare the details) and I had the defib turned towards him in the ambulance. He was watching the monitor as I was treating him and his heart stopped cold. He looked at me with a panic, put his hand on my knee and went down. The poor guy literally watched his own heart stop when he died.
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