A Rolling Emergency Room

A Rolling Emergency Room
EMTAndrew Westwood and James Barham took time away from their lives as EMT/Paramedic partners on a "Rolling Emergency Room" to speak to the Alternative School students about their profession.  

The students were very interested in the information these professionals could provide about the danger of different drugs.  

Beyond their initial fascination with these men's everyday work experiences, they also learned about a typical day in the life of an EMT or paramedic.  These people receive between 7 and 20 calls in a 24 work period.  Each call takes about 1 hour to fulfill.  Each call requires at least a 9 page report.

The amount of education required to be an EMT can normally be completed in just a few months, but becoming a paramedic can take up to 2 years.  After they are certified, these workers must have 170 hours of Continuing Education each year.  That is so much more than doctors or nurses.  They must also be able to assist in any kind of trauma so their knowledge must be very widespread. 

Barham and Westwood demonstrated how to use a Cardiac LifePak which can do everything from checking vitals to defibrillating a heart.  They can also take EKGs and send them to the hospital, all while driving their "Rolling Emergency Room."  

This is such a rewarding profession.  Hopefully the students of the Alternative School will consider saving lives as a potential career one day.
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