What We Need Most

When the patient starts looking really sick, we quit evaluating and thinking and we begin a flurry of activity.

When our patient is angry, we quit being polite and professional and we respond with anger.

When the traffic is heavy, we quit waiting for everyone to yield appropriately and we drive faster.

When the dispatcher doesn’t hear us, we quit using proper radio etiquette and we talk faster and louder.

When were working an insane amount of overtime to make ends meet, we quit eating right and exercising.

When our patient can’t respond to us, we quit talking to them.

When our significant other is fed up with juggling our EMS life and their neglected relationship with us, we avoid talking about it and work more shifts.

Isn’t it interesting that, when we encounter a problem or a challenge, it’s our nature to quit doing the thing we need to do most?

I’d like to know what you think about that.

Give Me More Stuff Like This:

Eight Tragic EMS Flaws to Avoid

6 Reasons Why You Should Be A Better EMT

Ten Things You Can’t Learn About EMS From Your Computer

Unconventional Thoughts On Emergency Services

Five Rules For One Shift


  1. I think I need to call my wife! Thanks.

  2. I try and take a deep breath and count to 5 sometimes 10 LOL

    I know what you mean, I guess its our emotions that get to us especially if we dont vent them during our downtime. I remember when I first started EMS my wife and I were arguing alot because I couldnt let the emotions go and they built up. Had nothing to do with my wife just everything to do with me not knowing how to control my emotions.

    Now I found outlets to let them out and all is well.

    Same goes with patients. If we let it all build up we shut down when they need us the most. If I have a “bad” patient I try and close my eyes take a breath and count to 5 usually works for me. Temporary reset sort of thing.

    Good topic, one I think alot of people in EMS should discuss but usually shy away from. You know, us tough EMS folk that can handle anything.

  3. One of the hardest things to do in EMS sometimes is fight the urge to DO SOMETHING. Often the correct course of action is to do nothing. Sometimes, doing nothing is the best course of action, because what is happening isn’t at all clear and we run the risk of doing more harm than good.

    Remember when all else fails, fall back on the ABCs and you’ll rarely go wrong.


  1. […] year at hand, we pause of a look back at the month that was. Here at The Spot we talked a bit about what we need most and the three collision rule. Then we reviewed the new Magnum Elite Force boot and considered how […]