What are we teaching in the Basic Life Support classes? Diesel and lights? Remain on the scene until the medic arrives? Incompetence?
I see more and more EMT’s awaiting a advanced life support intercert on the scene rather then using the skills you should have been taught and transporting. Especially with all of the BLS interventions available today. Narcan, Aspiren, Epi, C-Pap..
We as providers must remember DO NOT DELAY PATIENT CARE, especially definitive care. Remember your A, B, C,’s and transport. If you do not make a intercept/meet “oh well, you attempted”,and that is what local and state offices request.
A cardiac arrest is actually a BLS skill. Now don’t get me wrong ALS interventions can of course increase the chance of survival but…….. waiting at a residence, roadway, or driveway is doing nothing but decreasing the chance for a successful outcome for your patient not to mention that 3 letter word (SUE) that everyone throws out when something does not go there way or they need a quick dollar.
EMT is not just a title! It is a higher power, a trained professional who can react in a split second. Someone who views horrible images first hand but treats them without being prompted.
Remember take a deep breathe and use your skills.