Without evidence of benefit, an intervention should not be presumed to be beneficial or safe.

- Rogue Medic

EMS Week 2012 at EMS Office Hours

This week on EMS Office Hours, Jim Hoffman, Josh Knapp, Bob Sullivan, and I discuss the images we use for EMS Week and what they say about us.

EMS Week 2012 Episode

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The image of EMS Week 2012 as seen by FDNY –
 


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Is that the way we see ourselves?


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Are we the faceless dark misunderstood outlaw character of this poster?

We certainly do not have Bruce Wayne money.

Does the motto for EMS Week 2012 go with the image?
 


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Does listening to voices lead to a slightly different calling?

Is it crazy to try to do a good job of caring for patients, when few understand what we do, but many want to tell us how to do it, and few want to pay us well to do it?

Is it even crazier to pretend that we can provide excellent care without continually maintaining and improving our understanding?
 


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Maybe we should reconsider EMS recruitment.
 


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Somebody’s missing out on all the fun.

Is EMS a lifestyle of being accountable for understanding patient care, or some sort of a different lifestyle?

Go listen to the podcast as you bask in the glory of EMS Week.

For a less dark view of EMS Week, read Kelly Grayson’s end of the world version.

Top 10 ways to celebrate the last EMS Week ever

People engage in risky behavior when they believe world is ending, such as telling their supervisors what they really think of them.

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Comments

  1. Although given some of your previous posts, perhaps the suggestion of ‘will he save you, will he kill you?’ is just irony?

    • tricky999,

      Considering our protocols, I think that most of our patients survive transport to the hospital in spite of us, rather than because of us.

      There are many ways to kill a patient and many ways to not kill a patient, but we act as if anything that is not according to protocol is in some way worse than the protocol. We gladly deceive ourselves.

      In places that insist that things must be done only one way, our patients are being treated by witches. There is no evidence that what they do is the only way, but it is tradition.

      Evidence shows us what works consistently, while poorly documented anecdotes allow us to believe in magic.

      Dark?

      Irony?

      Me?

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  2. Maybe it was more they were going for the response to Gordon saying ” I never said thank you” where he responds “and you’ll never have to”. Maybe they feel like I do that I’m not here for the thanks, just to do the job few others want to or can do.

    • Can’t say, clowns will eat me,

      Maybe it was more they were going for the response to Gordon saying ” I never said thank you” where he responds “and you’ll never have to”. Maybe they feel like I do that I’m not here for the thanks, just to do the job few others want to or can do.

      Maybe we should stop appealing to the lights and sirens and gadgets fans and start appealing to those more interested in providing good care to patients.

      There are few better known images of gadgetry taken to extreme levels, than Batman.

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