Inside the ambulance: paramedics stories should always be told
Paramedics stories rarely turn out to be told. Many prefer to avoid expressing their feelings after ambulance shifts, while others feel the necessity of pouring them out.
We’ve listened to many different paramedics stories, and all of them deserve to be heard. When first responders jump on board the ambulance, they never know what they could find on the emergency site. Dispatchers always try to get as many information as possible, but they are not always clear.
The Guardian reported a paramedic experience who expresses his state of mind after many years of dispatching. Ambulances reach anyone, but many times their availability is used in too many exaggerated ways.
The cases are several and even absurd sometimes. They go from the desperate drug addict who urinates on the ambulance floor, to the woman who would rather call an ambulance than read the back of a packet of paracetamol.
Then there is someone as a frail and disabled 46-year-old man, lying in the dark on his bathroom floor for two hours after a fall which needs the ambulance but there is another one who calls an ambulance because he/she is incredibly lonely.
Many times, the ambulances are busy because of reasons that could be avoided. On the other hand, isolated people like a lonely elder woman or a disables man left on his own, often on the margins of society, have voices that we seldom hear.
Paramedics spend shifts along streets, up through blocks of flats, down into the dark, and their stories are many times ignored. But what many do not understand is that they dedicate their entire life to others. Even when they got kicked or assaulted, they still are dedicating their time and efforts to improve other lives. That’s why paramedics stories should always be told.
Even if the blue lights are flashing, an ambulance isn’t always shooting off to give “critical care in strange locations”, reports The Guardian. Paramedics often attend a call that turns out not to urgent or even medical, and the medicine he dispenses most is common sense.