I'm not one for statements. I don't think you can get a "feeling" about jobs or wake up in the morning and know its going to be a "Bad Day". However, I have just worked 4 shifts, 4x13 hour shifts, and not cannulated any of my patients. Not one. Nobody needed pain relief that couldn't … Continue reading Cannulation= Zero
It's never easy. For some it gets easier, but never easy. There is always that one guy/gal who's stance is "na nothing like that ever bothers me, just out job innit". That guy/gal is the one who is likely at most risk. Denial is never a good thing, acceptance is sometimes hard to achieve. Putting … Continue reading Death + Mental Health
On average, I get around 5 or 6 hours sleep a night when on a run of shifts. That's a combination of being late off every day, driving home and to work in traffic, having shifts that are only scheduled 12hours apart anyway, and not being able to "switch off". 5 or 6 hours sleep. … Continue reading Sleep, or the lack of
Emergency Vehicles are sneaky. They're poorly designed. Poorly liveried. Poorly illuminated, and are very very quiet. Here in the UK, we have something called the Highway Code. Allow me to explain. When we pass our driving test, we are all meant to be able to recount the highway code as gospel. We are meant to … Continue reading Drivers-Why?
It's not all fast cars, blue-flashy lights and loud nee-naaws. Well, it kinda is... however. PTSD in the Ambulance Service is a killer. A literal Killer. Ambulance Staff in the UK take their own lives because of the stress we encounter doing our jobs. The amount of death, heartbreak, tears and bloodloss is enough to … Continue reading Stress
So it begins. A year in the Life of a Frontline Paramedic in the UK. What could possibly go wrong? If I told you that in the last 4 days, I've dealt with 3 Strokes, 2 Heart Attacks, 1 Brain Haemorrhage, 2 Dead bodies, 1 Cardiac Arrest, one baby having an allergic reaction and several … Continue reading From the Beginning
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