The top 10 things you should never say to a paramedic

The Top 10 Things You Should Never Say To a Paramedic 

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If you have to visit the hospital, or if you know someone who does, you should know about the top 10 things that can get on the nerves of your friendly neighborhood paramedic. If you don’t want them to hate you, avoid saying these things at all costs!

 This article will help with that, as well as give you some interesting information about what paramedics do and what paramedics think! Enjoy!

The Top 10 Things You Should Never Say To a Paramedic

Topics which We Discuss

  • They are always busy
  • Everyone gets into accidents
  • Ambulance drivers get paid well
  • They know it’s serious when they pull up
  • They make it sound worse than it is
  • They don’t do CPR anymore
  • This will be over in no time.
  • Paramedics aren’t real doctors.
  • They see dead people everyday.
  • How can they eat with all that blood?

Lets See These One By One..

1) They are always busy

While it may seem like paramedics are busy all of time, chances are, they’re not. Don’t assume that because we’re working in an emergency environment and always moving quickly means we’re always running around on a call.
 We probably have more free time than other people our age. The only difference is that when free time comes, we often decide to put our skills to use by volunteering or helping others. Paramedics also tend to be naturally hard-working people who enjoy doing physically active work.
 While none of us are lucky enough not have to work another day in our lives, many of us would choose careers that keep us moving rather than sitting behind desks eight hours per day (yes, even with decent pay).

2) Everyone gets into accidents

No one says hey, I think I’ll have a car accident today but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen. Accidents are an unfortunate reality of life. If you’re in one, don’t feel bad about calling 911 — we’ll be there no matter what. 
But if we ever hear someone saying they hurt themselves because of something they did (something as simple as tripping or forgetting how to ride a bike), we’ll be forced to laugh at their expense. We know that accidents happen and we don’t judge; at least not outwardly. 
So please, no one let’s try to make our job harder than it already is by trying to explain why you got injured. Just tell us how and where it happened and let us do our job!

3) Ambulance drivers get paid well

In some areas, they earn as much as $40,000 or more per year. The reason for their higher salaries is because ambulance drivers are licensed and trained EMTs who spend many hours in emergency rooms, giving them an inside look at what illnesses and injuries cost. 
While it’s true that first responders are aware of common illnesses and injuries, it’s important not to discuss symptoms with them. Here are ten things you should never tell a paramedic.

4) They know it’s serious when they pull up!

‘Oh, I’ll be okay. It’s just a flesh wound.’ We’ve heard it before – when people have had too much to drink, or they’re just in shock – but we don’t have time for that. 
The person who says it might think he’s being helpful, but he is not. And if you ever find yourself saying something like that to a paramedic, chances are someone else already has, and now they’re on their way to hospital with an ambulance full of paramedics. 
While there is no such thing as just injuries or illnesses…we want all of our patients/customers/guests at peak performance so they can enjoy life!

5) They make it sound worse than it is

Being in an ambulance is scary for some people, but paramedics know it isn’t usually a sign of impending doom. You can help calm your patient down by being straight with them about what’s going on—you won’t make it worse, and you might help calm them down enough that they don’t have another panic attack.
 Tell them exactly what happened (if they are able to understand) and reassure them that their injuries are fixable. If there was nothing you could do at the scene, let them know that. Assure your patient that everything is okay and they will be safe now—and they will probably want your reassurance more than anything else at that moment.

6) They don’t do CPR anymore

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) used to be one of a medics go-to lifesaving techniques. Today, however, fewer and fewer people will ever actually see someone perform CPR in person. 
It’s not that they don’t want to save lives—it’s just that EMTs and paramedics spend less time on hands-on care these days. This means EMTs need an equally effective way of keeping people alive until they get them medical attention.
 If something happens nearby where an ambulance is stationed, there will likely be other first responders around who have already started CPR for an unresponsive patient. And if it happened in a rural area, your local EMT/paramedic might use a defibrillator instead.

7) This will be over in no time.

Paramedics are trained professionals who work very hard on a daily basis. Their number one priority is taking care of your medical needs and making sure that everything goes smoothly. Remember that not only do they have experience with emergencies, but they’re also familiar with your local area and hospitals.
They can help give you tips on how to get better quicker as well as tell you which hospitals will have shorter wait times (and more importantly, faster treatment).
A lot of people don’t like going to doctors or seeing specialists; paramedics have heard just about every excuse in the book so it’s probably best not to try out any new ones. One last tip: Think about what could go wrong, no matter how small or insignificant it might seem.

8) Paramedics aren’t real doctors.

This may seem like an obvious one, but they’re actually something in between—they’re technicians that are highly trained in emergency care. 
They’re also usually more than willing to help with your medical issues and are authorized, in some jurisdictions, to make on-the-spot decisions when faced with life-threatening situations. 
So while they aren’t doctors, they’re probably qualified enough to tell if your issue is serious or not. Another thing we’d suggest keeping in mind is that (unless there’s extenuating circumstances) paramedics don’t charge for their services and generally go above and beyond during each call out. Treat them with respect and thanks at all times; it’s not just polite—it’ll get you better treatment when you need it most!

9) They see dead people everyday.

Paramedics are always on call and spend their days treating trauma injuries and broken bones. But, more often than not, it’s illnesses that need tending. 
If you know someone who works in EMS, try not to make these common mistakes:10. Is it like ‘Gone With The Wind’ out there?9. I bet your job is exciting.8. At least it’s something to do.7. If I ever need CPR, I hope someone jumps on my chest!6. 
Can we play doctor?5. I heard seeing dead people gives you bad karma.4. What do they pay paramedics?

10) How can they eat with all that blood?

While it might seem shocking, paramedics are used to seeing blood; and there’s no escaping it. Being able to keep your cool in that situation is important. 
Whether we’re dealing with an amputation, suicide attempt or bleeding out after a stabbing, we need to remain professional and help our patients until they’re safe at hospital. Some people are amazed by what we see on the job, while others just aren’t sure how their words will be received. 
To make sure I can do my job and focus on helping others in their time of need rather than fielding inappropriate questions, here are some things I recommend you avoid saying

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