Today a guest post about Australian paramedic registration by a boy who got sidetracked in to mechanical engineering, who then got sidetracked in to disaster relief, and further sidetracked in to (guest) blogging:
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I was reading the ACEM submission on the consultation on paramedic registration when I came across this wonderful quote:
“Proposals to introduce extended-care models for paramedics may result in some paramedics undertaking clinical work in different and novel settings (e.g. at a patient’s home).”
Heh. Novel… Hahahaha! *Wipes tear from eyes*
It still cracks me up.
Seriously, because specialist emergency surgeons in Australia don’t treat people outside a hospital certified as a trauma centre (anymore) does NOT make a patients’ home a new setting for delivering emergency medical care, or any medical care for that matter. Medical care has been provided in homes since Adam got out of bed and stubbed his toe.
There are many more people affected by the registration of paramedics than only paramedics and the staff of the hospitals we (mostly) transport people to. Indeed, every person in Australia will be affected when they, or someone they love, is transported by paramedics. There will be many opportunities in the coming months and years for all of us to have a say in how paramedic registration can provide the most benefit to the community we serve.
Have your say.
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Zeke is a first year paramedic student at Victoria University, and thinking about starting his own blog. Encourage him to write more – leave a comment below, find him on twitter (@xzcion) or email me and I’ll pass it on.