On the front line with a paramedic
A day spent shadowing a paramedic helped a student to appreciate the complex range of skills required when responding to emergency calls, and the emotional side of the work
In the second year of training for my mental health nursing degree I spent a day with the ambulance service.
From a road traffic accident to a fire and a cardiac arrest, I witnessed the variety of work undertaken daily by paramedics, and the complex range of skills required to do the job.
I was in a rapid response vehicle with a female paramedic, who I will call Sarah, and our first task was to ensure all our medical equipment and medicines were on board.
The vehicle is prepared by the night crew, but as paramedics have the same level of clinical accountability as nurses, it was vital to double-check everything...
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