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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CJ Ewell
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Please be evaluated for your depression. You may need medication, or counseling, or both. Depression left untreated may resolve inside of 2 years (natural history of the disease), but that's a really long time. It may not resolve at all, or may relapse. Counseling can give you the tools to manage your emotions in a…
2015-08-27 17:42:10
Andy O'Hara
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Unfortunately, it CAN last 20 years or more. This is why it's important for first responders to take advantage of periodic therapy both during and after their careers--to deal with all the "muck" that's building/built up. This is for active and retired responders to do whether they see themselves as "healthy" or not--it's too big…
2015-08-26 17:33:44
Bob Markin
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Someone struggling with the new active shooter doctrine?
2015-08-11 19:56:51
T.J. Jeznach
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I am a Volunteer FF and a Career EMT. I can say I find satisfaction in both jobs. You are right though... EMS changes us. Some for good, others for bad. I can say now, having been an EMT for 3 yrs (2 1/2 as a volunteer), I know my stuff. I have used my…
2015-08-10 12:50:37
lollipop
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wow powerful thinking as always so glad I found you again and hope you are enjoying retirement xx
2015-08-09 22:17:16

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