Tonight about 20 minutes before the end of my shift, I flew for a MVC (motor vehicle crash…they are not called accidents anymore) in which an SUV wrapped itself around a tree. One person was killed, the driver was taken by ambulance, a third patient was flown on the chopper and then I hopped on the helicopter and we returned to the same scene to pick up the 4th person who had been entrapped for about 45 minutes.
Medic Mom requested some feed back on prehospital/EMS issues that we deal with. I have to say that flying and EMS is my absolute favorite part of my job. We don’t get to fly until 2nd year and I suffered through a whole year of internship for this opportunity to fly on the helicopter and pick up patients at the scene of accidents. This being said, the flight crew doesn’t really need me. They are expereinced medics and nurses that know their job well and are great at it. Arriving at the scene of an accident is such a rush. Climbing out of the helicopter really makes me feel almost like a Goddess. We are greeted with eager medics, EMTs and policemen awaiting our arrival. One person commented that it’s like having “the calvary arrive” to save the day. Many prehospital responders are firefighters who do double duty as prehospital personel. They are eager to have the patient get to medical care, do an awesome job trying to stabilize the patient as best they can, bend over backwards to help you out when you arrive. I think being a woman acutally helps me out even more, at least makes it more fun! They hold my helmet for me, are eager to do all the lifting…anything they can do to help the patient get to the hospital as quickly and safely as possible. They’ve already done the initial stabilization, splinting, boarding, collaring and bandaging. THey are the first ones to see patients, extract them from crushed vehicles, make decisions about one scene triage. It makes my job really very easy, but the prehospital personel get little credit in the end. In the trauma bay, it’s my report that the trauma team hears. Any information about the scene that I can relay is bonus information, but rarely does anyone try to recontact the ground EMS crew for details. Once the patient arrives at the hospital, the prehospital work is largely forgotten.
So in summary, I have to say that I highly respect the ground crews, they do an amazing job, try their hardest to help that patient get well and go out of their way to help me get teh information I want and need. I always try to credit the ground crew in my reports. Great job!