Welcome to the March 2010 Edition of The Handover Blog Carnival!
In my decade or so of working the streets in an ambulance pursuing excellence in all things paramedicine, Iíve seen my share of problems. I offer that most of these problems can be solved by a healthy dose of the ďRĒ word. Respect can mean many things in EMS. Whether itís the utmost respect for the sanctity of human life that must be inherent in all medicine, respect for our coworkers, respect for ourselves, respect for our profession, or respect for and from other healthcare providers and the general public. Almost all of our problems could be said to at least partially stem from a fundamental lack of respect.
This amazingly powerful, yet simple term can take many forms. However in true Handover format, youíre not here for what I have to say about it. What follows below is a collection of posts from some of the best EMS bloggers on the interwebs. There are some heavyweights and some bloggers that are fairly new to my reading list, but theyíre all good posts.
http://justmejustmyblog.blogspot.com/2010/03/responsibility.html – Just me, Just my Blog writes this piece about two subjects near and dear to my heart, small-town EMS and respect for our patients. Itís a good look at just how Big City and Small-Town EMS differ yet are the same in the respect needed by our patients.
http://rescuingprovidence.com/wordpress/?p=205 Ė Michael Morseís Post Ė With deep respect for the sacrifices made by the Military Men and Women who defend us.
http://ambulanceamateur.wordpress.com/2010/02/27/gods-waiting-room-with-people-who-care/ – I will be the first to admit that I donít always have enough internal respect for the people who work in nursing homes. I donít believe that I am ever directly disrespectfulÖ but I will rant and rave when I get back to the presence of my coworkers. Ambo Amateur gives credit where credit is due.
http://999medic.com/2010/03/26/respect/ – Markís Submission (Medic999) Ė ďWhen I put my uniform on, I represent not only my service but the profession of paramedics in the UKĒ. Ever worked with partners who you donít want influencing peopleís opinion of you? Itís all about respect.
http://ambulancedriverfiles.com/2010/03/r-e-s-p-e-c-t/ – Ambulance Driver Ė I think I laughed until I cried with this. I giggled, then I laughed.. then I snorted and Gina laughed at me
Http://roguemedic.blogspot.com/2010/03/r-e-s-p-e-c-t.html – Rogue Medicís answer to AmboDriverís Respect piece. Ambo Driver made me laugh, Rogue Medic slapped me around for it. Good Stuff.
http://notesfrommosquitohill.com/2009/06/captain-mike.html – Mack505 brings us this post about a Sea Captain who taught him much about respecting our patients.
http://theemtspot.com/2010/03/18/a-deep-and-abiding-respect/ – Steve Whitehead knocks this one out of the park by writing why itís easy for us to know why we should improve our care, a deep and abiding respect for human life.
The Insomniac Medicís Corner:
- http://insomniacmedic.blogspot.com/2010/01/dear-doctor.html – Touchy subject, this. Ever feel like as an EMT or Paramedic youíre not respected by the other members of the medical profession? This is about that. I can relateÖ too much.
- http://insomniacmedic.blogspot.com/2009/11/tale-of-two-bloggers.html – This post is an oldie but itís one of my favorites from Insomniac Medic and our friend, Rapid Response Doc. It complements Insomniacís last post and shows what happens when true professionals truly cooperate in mutual respect.
http://www.thinknuts.net/2010/03/29/respect/ – @ThinkNuts,our UK mountain rescue friend brings forth this post about respecting your patients. Itís a good lesson for us all.
http://noshockadvise.blogspot.com/2010/03/drunk-or-sick-do-you-really-have-to.html – Well known fact: If youíre in uniform and you swear in public, I will smack you in public. Our friend at No Shock Advised pipes in on why patients feel the need to sweat at us when weíre just trying to help.
http://medicscribe.com/2010/03/respect/ – Peter Canning, one of my favorite EMS authors, knocks this one out of the park speaking about respect across our social classes. Itís a great read from a great guy.
http://www.everydayemstips.com/?p=3110 Ė Our buddy Greg Friese puts out this good list of tips for EMS teachers on how to show respect for your students. I wish that darn near every instructor Iíve ever had would have read this before I went through Paramedic class.
Finally, I would like to offer one of my own posts: ďSaved By the Bell Ė High School Student EMSĒ is actually the post just under this one, but itís still about respect.† I looked at the point I was making differently than did the a lot of the 100 or so collective comments between here and the JEMS Connect †Facebook page. It was about High School Students being trained and certified as EMTs and running calls on ambulances. Letís see if you agree with me, or think Iím off base.
Oh, and one more thing, rumors of The Handoverís Demise have been greatly exaggerated. It will be down for a month in April but will be back in May with Steve Whitehead at The EMT Spot. Big thanks to Rescue Monkey and Probie Diaries for taking over the task of organizing the blog carnival. If yíall ever need anything, lemme know.