OT Do We Have Any EMTs On Here

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sahmof3 - March 8

I'm just curious. I was certified as an EMT when I was 17, but I never worked on an ambulance... just did the ER hours that I needed and even that was pretty stressful to me, though I was only helping with patients and didn't have the "real" responsibility for their care. Anyway back then I took the class mainly so that I would know what to do ICE because I knew I eventually wanted to work with little kids. My mom DID volunteer for our local ambulance, though, until a car accident where she broke her neck and obviously was unable to after that. I saw on the news last night that the local Red Cross needs supplies and volunteers because there have been so many more fires lately than usual and it got me thinking about either volunteering for them or getting recertified as an EMT... I'm talking years from now, though, because I don't think I could handle that stress with 3 young kids... but while the thought's in my mind I just wondered if anyone has experience with this? How do you deal with the stress and not bring it home to your family? What's it really and honestly like to be responding quite often to life-threatening emergencies? I was in no way prepared to handle that type of thing at 17, but I think I could now (well, you, know, when my kids are old enough that it would be feasible), I also wonder if you underestimated/overestimated how stressful it would be before actually doing it?

 

kellens mom - March 8

Dh is an EMT/rescue/fire volunteer in our community. Sometimes you can't help but bring it home. Just 2 months ago he lost 2 baby girls and a mom in a car/semi accident. A little boy lived but is in serious rehab. About a year and a half ago, a woman decided to commit suicide by walking out in front of a train. My dh had to VOLUNTEER to pick up pieces of her from the tracks so animals would not congretate there and cause more problems. When stuff is really hard (like these incidents), the state brings in a Critical Incident Debriefing Team to help people through it. If anything, he loves his family more because he sees how quickly and easily people are lost. I remember when he came home from working on the little girls. He said "I never really saw their faces...all I could see is the face of my little girl". He didn't let her to far out of his sight for a week or more. Remember that there are very rewarding moments too...like the little boy that lived - against all odds.

 

punkin01 - March 8

hey there, i am an EMT and worked in the field from 1996 till 2001 and i keep up my certification but i dont think i will ever work in it again....it is very stressful and very rewarding just as kellens mom stated......at the time i was a single mom with just my son and after seeing something tragic i would shelter my son so much and wouldnt let him out of my sight for weeks but i knew i had to let him go to friends houses.....and wrecks were the worst i still dont like him or my daughter being in the car with someone else driving.....unless i have rode with this person and trust their driving.....and i seen abuse at a day care first hand due to running a call there in my time on the ambulance and now i WILL not put my 16 mo old or the baby i am carrying in daycare ever!!!!! so there are good point and bad ones another is i worked 24 hrs on and 48 off and that wouldnt be possible now since i have married and have a LO and one on the way plus my 16 yr old son .....a very small part of me misses the rush of hitting the lights and siren and hauling b___t to help someone ....just think it over and once your kids get older and in school you may be able to do it .....and not all places do the 24 on 48 off some do 8 hr 10 hr or 12 hr shifts.....i worked in our countys 911 office for 3yrs after that and police dispatcher for the past 2 yrs so i am still affiliated in a sense (i dispatch for police fire and EMS) so i still get a taste of it.....best of luck to you

 

Kara H. - March 8

I don't mean to hijack your thread, but skill wise, what is the difference between an EMT and a Parametic? Hubby and I were just discussing this. There are a lot of elderly people who live in our neighborhood, so we have lots of ambulance calls on our street. It seems like the EMTs show up and then less than 60-90 seconds later the parametics from the hospital (10 miles away) show up? Why are both dispatched?

 

punkin01 - March 8

i live in AL in a small to medium size town and here there are 2 levels of an EMT basic, intermediate, and paramedic the basic can do BASIC life saving the intermediate can start IV's shock w/ defib machine adn so on and the paramedic can do it all push drugs and everything .....here a paramedic rolls on EVERY call ....except the have a basic ambulance that will pick up patients and take them to Dr appts like when they are bed bound and cant ride in a car but all emergency calls no matter how minor gets a paramedic......now sometimes they will roll a unit from the fire dept to a__sist with lifting like with an obese pt or alot of stairs things like that ....now why the paramedic rolls from the hospital not sure only seen that on TV on the Paramedic shows then the medic is there if drugs need to be given or if advanced life support is needed.....maybe this helps someone else may have a clearer answer for you i only know how it is here

 

punkin01 - March 8

that should be 3 levels sorry

 

sahmof3 - March 8

Wow! I'm glad there are some experienced ppl on here! I never remembered anyone saying anything about being (or being married to lol) EMTs, so I didn't know if I'd get any responses. I wanted to ask on here, though, because I can get the perspective of parents who are doing the job! Gives me a lot to think about! I don't know how they dispatch Advanced Lfe Support here (what determines it, I mean). I know if there's a possible heart attack they do, but I also know they don't dispatch paramedics for all calls, because when my older two kids had to go by ambulance (allergic rxns to cookies) only the township ambulance showed up, but when our neighbor had a heart attack both came.

 

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