(Editor's note: The following is run in recognition of National EMS Week this week, May 18-24.)
By Catherine Kuhlman, guest columnist— Flashing lights and blaring sirens waken the silence of a sleepy little town, with tree-lined streets matched with manicured lawns … Smalltown, USA.
To some, those sounds and visions of an ambulance responding is no more than a nuisance, as it delays their day and interrupts the tranquility we call home. While for others, they conjure up images of fear and despair of the injured or sick on the verge of Death’s doorway. In reality, though, these are the images and sounds of hope!
Most patients will be saved. Birthdays … weddings … graduations are events that most will get a chance to enjoy another day.
Bad things happen to good people and it is the job of EMS to not only treat the patients’ medical needs, but to also help calm their fears.