From: Carol Weesner, MD
Received: Feb. 18
With the tragic loss of two young men on an Indianapolis ambulance this past weekend, it is important to recognize the efforts and unforeseen risks inherent in the work of those providing emergency medical services in all communities. They work in physical locations/conditions of all types and often care for people in chaotic and unpredictable situations.
Their phenomenal care in treating life-threatening and emergency patients is well-known, but they also spend a significant amount of time caring for patients with non-urgent illness, those under the influence of alcohol or other substances, those suffering psychiatric issues, people without illness/injury calling ambulances exclusively for transportation services, and those uninjured but legitimately needing help getting up off the floor.
In addition to providing great medical care, EMTs and paramedics often play the role of social worker, chaplain, peacekeeper and safety advocate when working with families or bystanders. Whether you interact with the men and women providing emergency medical services from the perspective of a community, a patient or a professional…. thank them for the job they do.