Dealing With Trauma: An EMT On Coping Mechanisms

September 29, 2014 12:32 PM

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EMTs are a ritualistic, superstitious bunch. If it's slow during the day, you count on being plenty busy during the night. Bad calls come in threes. When you get stuck taking a frequent flyer to the hospital (maybe a mean drunk or a seeker), chances are you will transport that same patient to another facility later that day.

There are certain types of calls that are recognized in the EMS world as the big ones, and tradition dictates that when you get a first of these kinds of calls, you buy ice cream. The association is bizarre at first, then becomes customary. First full arrest -- cookies and cream. Delivering a baby -...

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