National Paramedic Services Week, which takes place this year from May 22 to 28, is an ideal time to educate yourself about the lifesaving work these front-line health-care workers do every day. Here are five things you may not know about paramedics.
1. They may look at your veins
When you meet a paramedic, they’ll probably look at your arms. Inserting IV drips into patients is a part of their job, so they’re often looking to see whose veins are fit for a 14-gauge needle.
2. They’re fast eaters
A paramedic rarely finishes a meal. As soon as they start eating, the crew will get a call. They generally eat quickly because they never know when the next emergency will occur.
3. They care deeply
For most paramedics, the work they do is more than just a job. In fact, most care deeply about people. In general, paramedics enter their line of work because they genuinely love helping others.
4. They want you to call them
Paramedics don’t want you to drive yourself to the hospital if you’re experiencing chest or abdominal pain. Instead, they prefer to bring the hospital to your doorstep, saving critical minutes that could mean the difference between life and death.
5. They hate being called drivers
Never call a paramedic an ambulance driver. Paramedics are highly educated and dedicated health care professionals. They’re much more than mere drivers.
Paramedics are trained to respond to medical emergencies and are valuable members of the communities they serve. This year for National Paramedic Services Week, consider thanking a paramedic you know for their hard work and commitment to the profession.