Month: June 2011

Back in the land of the living

kerplunk.

That was my head touching down on to mister pillow the minute I arrived home after touring the UK, US and Canada for eight weeks. Shifts in London, Edinburgh, New York City, San Francisco and Sydney. Interviews with some great people from all over the place, but one common denominator – a passion for paramedicine. Amongst them bloggers (insomniac medic, trauma queen), tweeps (mrsinsomniacmedic, melph, murphquake, shotinfoot) and even a cameraman called Ted! Not to mention the other dozens of people I met along the way, who were all great fun, which I am still in contact with. The Internet is a great thing in getting people connected, and keeping it that way.

Arriving back on Sunday evening, I didn’t have much time to get ready for my shift on Monday morning 0700hrs. Did I mention I have been put in a depot 73km south of where I live, an hours drive? Hmm.

Monday and Tuesday saw patients greeted and treated by a smiling Zombie with rather large rings under his eyes. If you listened properly, you could hear the cogs turning, sometimes with a little squeak, behind those tired eyes. At least we weren’t called to anything serious…except for a patient with severe shortness of breath with lungs full of fluid, and a truck vs. car with entrapment in the pouring rain. But I had my act together, and everything worked just fine!

Today (Wednesday) is the first day where I feel my head is out of the clouds and back where it belongs – and all we have done for the past seven hours is two low priority transfers – typical! The minute you’re ready for it, nothing happens. Curse you, Murphy!

I’m busy transcribing my notes from the trip in to blog posts – they will appear here shortly. Looking forward to reliving the trip via words, and sharing it with everybody!

EMS UK & US Tour – update

Three countries, four cities, five shifts, six interviews, seventh heaven.

Hello everyone! Quick update from yours truly. The first four weeks of my holiday is over, where I’ve been busy hanging out with like minded paramed-peeps. It’s been great, I’ve gathered a whole heap of information, I’ve written up about 17 pages worth of notes that need to be digitalised (yes, thats right – hand scribbled notes!).

This trip has truly opened my eyes to the challenges different EMServices face, all in the name of looking after their patients. Legal, administrative, geographical and many more limitations influence how each service does their job – which is the same at the end of the day. Assuming and knowing it is one thing, but seeing and realising that we all do the same job and deal with the same calls day after day is somewhat of a comforting factor – you know you’re not the only one dealing with drunks, system abusers and little old ladies at 3am. The differences how they are treated, and how problems are dealt with on a personal as well as on a service level is interesting. We as a profession could advance far ahead if we increased our international communication and exchange. That’s why I’m here, sitting in a camper van in (torrential) rainy Washington State – holidaying, sightseeing, touring a foreign country and broadening my horizon, both personally and professionally.

Here is an interview I did with Ted Setla (@setla)

Australian EMS 2.0 Exchange

 

More to come once the wireless hotspots become more reliable, and the writing space becomes a little more comfortable. Oh, and once I have more time…it’s not always ambulance time in the republic you know, a man’s gotta switch off from time to time!

See you on twitter 🙂