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)
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!
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