You Must See A Lot of Trauma Where You Work?
This is the question that I get most often after other responders discover what my profession is and some of the places that I go to. Except, I am going to tell you that I quickly take the wind out of their sails. To be honest, trauma is usually the least likely thing that we see out where we go.
Now, don’t get me wrong, we see some crazy things from time to time and we hand out our fair share of Band-aids for your everyday scratches and scrapes. But your true trauma, the ones you adrenaline junkies are looking for…well those trauma’s are rarely seen in the remote setting.
As a healthcare worker myself, I to believed that trauma would be the life of a remote provider. We often think of the emergency responses that we go to in our own communities. We base our stats on how many traumas and how many medicals our department goes on. Most departments go on far more medicals than large trauma’s, however, even your small rural system probably still attends to more bleeding than a good remote provider.
What you have to take into consideration is that if you are a remote provider that primarily works on projects, the employees that you are protecting have a huge safety culture. They want to work and they want to make as much money as possible. Therefore, most individuals take the necessary precautions to keep their bank accounts full.
Unlike the urban system you are used to where people often make very bad choices leading to your response to their home, vehicle, or office; our community is made up of many policies and procedures that tend to take the bad choices out of the everyday decision.
As you sit there and ponder if you want to leave the fast paced EMS system that you are in for a remote setting I will leave you with this. As I have mentioned before, trauma is rare, in fact, it is quite rare. So, if you are that adrenaline junkie looking for the next big excitement, or you are brand new to the industry, stay where you are.
However, if you are at that stage in the game where that high-paced life is not what you need anymore and what to see parts of the world that most won’t get to go, meet new people, and challenge your ability to manage a difficult medical patient for many hours then this may be a good consideration. To help you better understand our industry, I have put together the Top 10 categories treated over the last year.
About the Author:
Jason McLaughlin is the General Manager of SALA Remote Medics. He has been in the Emergency Medical Services Field for 17 years and has a Degree in Organizational Leadership and Emergency Management from Colorado State University. To learn more about remote medicine or SALA Remote Medics email firstname.lastname@example.org.