Let me take you away, if allow me, to a bygone era. A time of fuzzy hair, cool sunglasses, green pants and orange stripes. A time of precautionary immobilisation after minor fender benders and let’s intubate everybody. Oh, some still do that? Let’s gloss over that.
Board the time machine, get on your cool, and make way:
New York City Emergency Medical Services of the early 1990’s.
Last ‘Report’, I introduced you to the Ambulance Service of New South Wales of 2006. That was six years ago.
2012 saw the broadcast of a new show, again with New South Wales Service, dubbed: “Recruits: Paramedics”
The series follows a selected number of Paramedic Students on their pathway from the classroom to the road. An interesting insight, and a reminder for many of us how we were when we were fresh…
Compared to the 2006 ‘Help’, this is a little more jazzed up – it’s for a commercial TV channel after all (not generally a fan…). All in all not bad. It must be advised though that most Paramedic Students in Australia now are degree qualified – this vocational training pathway is a dying breed (unfortunately that is not mentioned anywhere in the series).
I have linked the first episode only in this post. I you want to see more (there is plenty more available on YouTube), you will find them in the suggested section, or you can perform a search for “Recruits Paramedics”.
2006. I had just moved to Australia (again), working in IT, leaving my volunteering role behind. It was, after all, “just a hobby”, a thing on the side. And now, Down Under, there would be heaps of new things to do and discover!
Not so fast, tiger. SBS was broadcasting a documentation on the Ambulance Service of New South Wales. I was only able to watch one static filled episode (SBS has notoriously rubbish reception), but it had piqued my interest: I wanted to know more about Paramedics in Australia! I had to have the DVD set.
Luckily, Ambulance NSW have posted them online for everyone. With cameras everywhere, this really gets you in the thick of the action. Enough text, jump right in, and enjoy the Australian way:
There are so many great reports out there, shared on the world wide web. Inspired by Alltag im Rettungsdienst, and in order to share some of the interesting ones, I have decided to post them as I come across them.
This first one comes from Queensland, Australia. The Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) have established a Trauma Response Team, a rapid response unit consisting of a Intensive Care Paramedic and a doctor (who happens to be the medical director for the QAS).