Is the pay worth it? And what drives you to pursue this profession?
Are there things in movies you see where EMS paramedics can bring someone back from something that wouldn't normally be possible? (For instance, the defibrillator that can revive any dead person no matter what they died from?)
Is there something you see Hollywood paramedics do that you wouldn't be authorized or trained to do?
What was the craziest thing you've ever witnessed or had to deal with. And is it true that paramedics officers and anyone dealing with traumatic situations develop pretty twisted senses of humor, because if they don't, they might become twisted themselves?
Unconscious biker: take helmet off and risk spinal injury in the maneuver, or leave helmet on and risk they choke (to death presumibly) in their own vomit?
During training at work the paramedic said "if unconscious, *always* take it off" (risk of death >> risk of injury), but I remember a campaign from traffic authorities saying *never take it off*.
how many crazy/stupid drivers do you have to avoid? have you, yourself, almost been in an accident with your siren on?
How often is it that you get a call from someone simply suffering from something as simple as a headache or stomach cramps?
What are your thoughts on the opioid epidemic? In your 10 years on the job, have you seen an increase in ODs?
1. Why are paramedics always on their "phone" (?!?) while sitting in parking lots?
2. Have you performed services to a local celebrity?
3. Have you performed EMS services while not on the clock? How many times per year?
4. Do you feel you're on the clock 24/7 or can you separate your work and personal life's decently?
5. How many people have died in your hands or while you were on scene? What's the protocol immediately after death?
6. How many calls/scenes do you respond to each shift? Does the amount depend on the shift time? (More in the day? Less at night?)
7. What's the average EMS retirement age? What work do former EMS do once retired?
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!
On your personal time, do you carry an edc kit? Flashlight, tools, etc... if so, what is in it?
How did you become a paramedic? I am 25 years old, and I always wondered how should I start. There is an EMS program in my local college, where I take courses, like anatomy and then at the end, I take 2 certificates. An EMT ATD, and a paramedic certificate.
I am in Florida.
1.) How long/hard is the school?
2.) How much was the ALS course?
3.) Do you guys crike your pts the same way they teach soldiers? (Find crike membrane, make small incision, apply trach, ventilate once every 5 seconds)
How's the protocols and what drugs you carry?
Before I ask my question, I'd like to provide a backstory. My father-in-law recently became very ill with cryptococcal meningitis. His brain was swelling, and it was giving him seizures and stroke-like symptoms at random times. He went to several doctors and specialists who couldn't give him a diagnosis. After the first hospital stay, he was diagnosed with Lymes disease and discharged. He went home, and three days later he was back in the hospital again, with seizures and confusion. After a week he was discharged, still without answers as to what was causing his problems. He was ok for about a month, except he was always dizzy, and sometimes he would slur his speech. He slowly got worse and worse, until one morning I got a phone call from my wife's mom. She was crying and said she found him unconscious in the shower. I left work, and rushed to their house which was about a 20 minute drive. When I got there, the ambulance was in the front yard, and my mother-in-law was hysterical. She isn't the type to get excited or angry for no reason, so I thought he was dead or something. I hopped out of my truck and walked over to her. She was so upset she couldn't get the words she wanted to say out of her mouth. I quickly figured out she was pissed at the paramedics, and I understood it was something to do with illegal drugs. She said they thought he was overdosing. She said he has never done drugs in his life, and she'd been married to him for 40+ years so I feel like she'd know. I've known him for 10 years, and I know he's a straight along type who wouldn't do drugs. He's actually a deacon in his church. She was sure he was actually having a stroke, and was upset because they were just sitting in the yard with him instead of taking him to the hospital. I walked up to the ambulance, and asked what the hell was going on. The guy who was working on him kept asking him questions, but he was unresponsive on the stretcher. He gave him Narcan, and he immediately sat up a bit, but his eyes were rolled back, and his face really did look like he was having a stroke. The paramedic said "What drugs is this man on? He's overdosed on something. Is he using heroine?" I explained that he'd been having medical problems and had been in and out of the hospital for months. My mother-in-law started yelling that she'd already told them that, and I had to tell her to shut-up so I could talk. He kept saying the needle marks in his arm weren't from an IV. Between the time they arrived and left was over 30 minutes. Not even 20 minutes after he arrived at the ER, the doctors called for a mediflight. He was flown by helicopter 90 miles to MCV hospital in Richmond, Virginia. It took doctors a week to finally figure out his real diagnosis. They said he almost died. They had to surgically install a tube to drain fluid from his head, with a little pump mounted on a headband he wore. He spent the next 6 months in the hospital before he finally regained his ability to speak. It took him an additional month to be able to walk. Turns out, he tore down a warehouse at work where birds had been roosting. He breathed the dust from their droppings, which caused an infection in his lungs. It spread through his body and infected his brain. This was two years ago, and he still hasn't fully regained his memory. He remembers everything from the 70s, 80s, 90s, and 00s. He doesn't remember much of anything about the last 10 years. He still has to feed himself through a tube in his stomach every day.
I told you all of that, to ask this: What draws douchebags to be volunteers at rescue squads? Shouldn't they have listened to his wife and I, when we told them he'd been having seizures and had been recently hospitalized for the same type of symptoms? In your line of work, how often do you see this type of hotshot wannabe-doctor that isn't qualified to put on a bandaid, but thinks he is god's gift to medicine? Is this type of behavior limited to volunteer rescue squads, or does it get screened out by having a paid rescue squad? As a side note, I've noticed a lot of rescue squads like to toot their own horn. One near me changed their name from rescue squad to "Life saving squad". What's up with that?
Do you or people you know in your profession suffer from PTSD?
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what is the most serious-seeming injury that doesn't require a paramedic, and what is the most innocuous-seeming injury that does?