Darwin Awards

 

Variety is the spice of life, and the unknown is a big part of the allure of EMS. Never knowing what you are getting into keeps things fresh, keeps you alert and makes things interesting.

You have your "real" calls; diabetics, overdoses, panic attacks, asthmatics and the like, and you have your "unreal" calls, the ones that you never forget, be it a mass casualty, multiple shooting, cardiac arrest or trauma.

But the ones that test your resolve, challenge your wits and push your patience to the limit are the "surreal" calls.

Most shifts encompass a myriad of responses; some serious, and others mundane. Seldom is a shift complete without a surreal call or two.

Every now and then, the entire shift ends up in the nut house, and all we can do is go along for the ride, and try to enjoy the show.

Here's one recent shift's candidates for the Darwin Award…

http://www.ems1.com/columnists/michael-morse/articles/1404077-The-Darwin-Awards-Six-surreal-EMS-calls/

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Michael Morse
All the pills
Thank you Lynda, stay safe!
2015-04-24 17:52:41
Lynda Sanders
All the pills
This is the second post I have read by you and I can't wait to read more. You have masterfully described some of the dark aspects and experiences of this profession that are with us forever. ... Well I am definitely a fan :)
2015-04-23 17:03:34
Ed
Twenty
I feel your pain brother. I was down in Mississippi with some of your brothers during Katrina. The same politics down there, suck our futures away up here in our every day jobs. These people have no idea what we go through. The emotional baggage that we carry and store away is a heavy burden…
2015-04-23 14:58:06
Mark Simpson
All the pills
What would you do if she told everyone she ate all the brownies? Could be some serious risk of violence.
2015-04-22 13:21:08
Iman
Catching “the bug.”
It's always refreshing to see someone trying to see our daily routine and to share it to young people should be at least entertaining, I hope. Keep up the good work Mike.
2015-04-17 17:03:39

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