Saturday, September 20, 2008

Pull Over and Let Me Out...


Being involved in EMS is a lot like going for a ride in a broke down car, filled with people you don't like and being driven by some one who doesn't know how to drive... and doesn't know where they're going...


Photograph by Bogdan Suditu

Photo License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Walk, Don't Run- Until It's Time...

... I've been out running- getting ready for a race this weekend. My running partner today was an extremely intense young man- kind of like a little mean unpleasant dog. A snarling. slobbery ankle biter. I ended up finishing far far ahead of Le Badger- he just ran himself out before the finish.
It all reminded me of some of my EMS compatriots- they go fast when they should go slow, and they hang back with their thumbs up their asses when they should go fast.

To be effective in EMS you must-
  • Master the art of being still
  • Master the art of using the moment to it's fullest
  • Master the art of efficient thought and movement with purpose
Now, go forth and try not to kill anybody...

Monday, September 8, 2008

When Paramedics Attack...

... some old (2005) video of Chicago FD EMS in action, presented here without comment...



Sunday, September 7, 2008

Conversation With A Street Medic

... overheard in a tavern at an after shift gathering of EMS folks...

"... my EMS career has become destructive, really personally destructive. I feel like I'm being slowly dis- assembled and pretty soon there will be nothing left."

"You forgot to mention it's a dead end job..."

"Right, right, right, EMS is a dead end job, now I feel better..."

The pair quoted have less than ten years on the street Paramedic experience...

Friday, September 5, 2008

...And That's What EMS Is All About...

"... yeah, I know, I know. EMS is the only, probably the only job out there, where you can save someones life and still get in trouble..."

Snippet from a conversation overheard in the ambulance bay of a major city trauma center

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Better Put On Some More Noodles

Here's a link to a story about America's answer to rising health care costs- the bottom line is you will pay more and have less access.
Can't afford to pay more? Well, rent the local VFD and get the spaghetti ready...