Some of things we have to do as Paramedics is pretty crazy. Sometimes the treatment is more disturbing than the actual accident. Drilling an IO into a leg to get access, cutting a throat to place an airway or sticking the chest deep with needles to decompress air are just a few of things I’m sure medics of the future will think are barbaric. Doing CPR with your hands in a pool of blood because no matter how much you suction, blood just keeps coming out of the ET tube and spilling everywhere.
It’s weird to do that to another body, in my experience most of these cases don’t have a happy ending…so why do it? Why put myself through that? I guess there is a chance it could help. I wonder how many of us are haunted by the futile and invasive treatments we’ve provided to already lifeless corpses.
Stay safe everyone.
From Emergency Response Portraits