Open letter from a Paramedic - page 2

Open Letter From A Paramedic Dear citizens of (and visitors to) <Whatever> County, By and large, you're a good bunch. I enjoy providing you with the help you need when you call 911. You make... Read More

  1. by   flightnurse2b
    Quote from Weeping Willow
    Dirty tricks? Like?

    Most of what you say is right on. However, please try to remember that the long-lasting abd pain or leg pain might not be so minor. Also, even if the victim isn't our child and is, instead, our parent, spouse, sibling, or friend, not everyone is really capable of remaining calm and being succinct and informative and totally honest and all else that you said all the time. Recently, my loved one was darned near murdered and I, even though an RN and normally quite sedate, together individual, kind of lost it. I couldn't remember his allergies. I did, however, know that it was wrong to see NS running wide open on him when his BP was 230/189. No one in charge, of course, wanted to hear that. It really was all I could do to not scream and throw things and call down Heaven's wrath upon the perpetrators of this violence against my beloved.

    Your requests are reasonable and sane and I hope we all do our best to make your life easier as you try to help the public. Just try to remember you are working with real people in real crises and don't expect perfect compliance. Does that make sense?
    i'm sorry you had a bad EMS experience and i hope your loved one is doing well.

    i understand its hard to have a sick loved one and sometimes it does feel like no ones listening to you. i was on the rig when my dad was having a CVA, and even though i had worked with these guys for years, they told me to chill out and let them handle it... and i realized thats just what i needed to do. its hard to do anything you need to, in EMS, nursing, working at an office or restaurant or whatever, to do it 100% efficiently when someone who is angry and panicking is jumping down your throat.

    please remember that we also, like an LPN or RN, have taken an oath to do no harm.

    it was meant to be a joke. and as an experienced paramedic, i found it to be hilarious.
  2. by   traumaRUs
    Sundance - you rock! I'm a pre-hospital RN with my little rural squad and yes, I do love the blinkies and woo-woo (love that BTW), but please move over and stop. Scott's law is also there for OUR protections. This is an IL law that MANDATES that ALL vehicles move over to the other lane or if not possible, slow wwaayy down if you must pass a stopped emergency vehicle. I came very close to getting hit a couple of years ago at the scene of an accident where I was assisting with traffic control and a rubbernecker was looking at the accident instead of looking at me!

    So...please do slow down for emergency vehicles along the roadside. If at all possible, scoot into the other lane to give them a wide berth.
  3. by   Victoriakem
    Love that post!!! But aren't we preaching to the choir here? This needs to be disseminated to the public. When I've told patients of others who've called 911 for a hang nail, when I have another patient having an AMI drive themselves to the hospital, they can't believe the ignorance of some people.
  4. by   nuangel1
    nice post
  5. by   NativeSundance
    I am SO glad to find this still lurking on the pages of AllNurses!! I have been looking for it in my old files for weeks to no avail when I remembered posting it here so long ago! Way To Go AllNurses for having such an extensive file storage vault!

    Now, if I could only find the one about 10 insane medical practices of yesteryear...
  6. by   morte
    Quote from NativeSundance
    I am SO glad to find this still lurking on the pages of AllNurses!! I have been looking for it in my old files for weeks to no avail when I remembered posting it here so long ago! Way To Go AllNurses for having such an extensive file storage vault!

    Now, if I could only find the one about 10 insane medical practices of yesteryear...
    http://www.cracked.com/article_15669_p2.html
    is this what you were looking for?
    just yesterday, was driving, and could hear something but couldnt quite figure what it was....openned the window thinking maybe a flat tire....you knw that rythmic sound.....well it was an amb. must have been at least 1/4 away when i heard it firstl....and i have a hearing def! must have been THE loudest woo woo's in amb hx.....and since they were coming at me(the other side of the road) and around a corner, i dont think the persons they were coming up on knew they were there as soon as i did.....I pulled to my right, AND so did the driver behind me! gee we must be the most polite spot in the country!....lol.....just so you know ignoring amb is nothing new....in 1970 i had a ride in one, and watched the cars NOT move in front of us.....
  7. by   Ruby Vee
    i was at starbucks, right next to the doc-in-a-box. parked in back of the doc-in-a-box was an ambulance with all the "blinkies and woo-woos", the crew picking up a patient for transfer to the hospital. in line right behind me at starbucks was a firefighter with a large order -- the fire engine was parked right out front, sans blinkies and woo-woos. the engine crew happened to pull out of the parking lot right in front of me, headed in my same direction. right after i pulled out of the parking lot, the ambulance pulled out, blinkies and woo-woos a-going, the moment i noticed the ambulance was headed in the same direction as me, i pulled over to the right and stopped. interestingly, the fire engine did not, forcing the ambulance to pass them in the oncoming lane.

    i followed that fire truck right back to the fire station, and had to stop while the driver held up traffic backing into the station.

    you'd think if anyone would be tuned in enough to pull over for an emergency vehicle with an actual emergency, it would be the driver of another emergency.


  8. by   canoehead
    "I can do more in the short term than most nurses"

    For Pete's sake, you do some things, we do other things, and I bet we can both do our respective things in less than 15 minutes. What's the difference? We work in two very different environments.
  9. by   ritarunningfeet
    :redlight::redlight::redlight::redlight::redlight:
    Fantastic letter!!!!! LOL! Love it!!
  10. by   rn/writer
    "blinkies" :redlight::redlight::redlight: and "woo-woos" (as close a smiley as I could find)

    I love em!

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