Part 2 of comparisons

So, as I’m sitting here in the station and just waking up I’ve been thinking of some more differences in this system versus other, more urban, systems I’ve worked in.

The fact that I have spent a third of this shift asleep, and another third reading and studying and still have a third to go. I’m serious, that in itself is a big difference.

I’ve been told I have something of a white cloud over me when I’m doing EMS. My preceptors for medic school v1.0 noticed it when I would be on their buses or in their station, we would go longer than they had ever seen without a call. And when we did get a call usually it was something that was BLS and not much of a challenge.

But even when I worked for an IFT service (being a Transport Monkey :P), I would usually run at least 2-3 calls in a 12 hour night shift, and normally have upwards of 10 calls in a shift.

It’s something that concerns me about working here when I become a medic, or even now as an ILS/ALS provider. If our call volume is this low, how am I going to maintain my skills and keep in practice? This service runs approx 1200 calls/year. I think my truck in Urban NM ran that in 6 months.


Well, it’s the day after I wrote the above. Wouldn’t you figure it that right after I finished typing it, we got hit with three back to back calls and wound up staying over by almost two hours.

Guess it goes to show that tempting the EMS Gods is never a good idea.

And after runnign calls yesterday it seems like while our call volume might not be the best, a lot of the calls that we get are actual emergency calls. People around here tend to drive themselves to the ED when it is not something major, or go to their family doctor. The majority of our BS calls actually come from the little bandaid stand hospital to transfer the patient to the Big City Medical Center.

But I’ll keep in mind from now on. No antagonizing the EMS Gods.