Lessons learned on routine calls are invaluable when the stakes are higher. Michael Morse reflects on how EMS training and experience "clicked" on one call to result in a successful outcome.
While on scene of a traffic crash, a pedestrian struck, or any number of roadway emergencies, the question of whether to direct traffic often arises. Michael Morse addresses some of the concerns firefighters may have.
"Being prepared to treat a panic attack—regardless of the outcome—is always better than standing around, waiting for the medics to arrive on scene," writes Michael Morse.
Michael Morse reflects on how exceptional care from firefighters in EMS situations can change one's outlook on society and the world at large.
Michael Morse writes, "Having good working relationships between agencies makes us better. Training among ourselves makes us better. Getting better at saving lives makes us better people."
"Going your separate ways after the call may be business as usual and, although perfectly fine in most cases, it is not as much so following something as traumatic as suicide," writes Michael Morse.
Michael Morse writes, "Cross-training with EMS is the right thing to do for everybody involved. Even the most reluctant firefighter will benefit. I certainly did."
Michael Morse writes, "There is very little that will instill more fear into the heart of a first-due firefighter than a pediatric call."
Learning to keep emotions from interfering during an altercation is difficult but not impossible, writes Michael Morse.
Michael Morse writes, "Impaired consciousness is a legitimate medical emergency. Try not to become jaded. Cynicism breeds contempt, which leads to poor patient care."