Despite my recent spate of posts on teaching and education, I still want to use this blog as a platform for self-improvement as it relates to medicine. I don’t know, yet, whether I will follow the path to paramedicine to the finish. Teaching is occupying a fair amount of my time, so I will give priority to the things that seem most pressing.
Having said that, this video came across my social media feed last week and serves as a painful reminder that no matter how noble your job is, no matter how badly you want to help people, those very people you serve are also (sometimes) your greatest threat. Crisis and trauma cause people to react in wildly different ways, and if you are not prepared for it, you could very easily fall victim to its chaos.
I have many medic and security friends who have their own horror stories from getting caught flat-footed on shift. I’m glad to see agencies are seeking to remain proactive in arming medics with the tools and experience to protect themselves.
Remember, you’re no good to anybody if you are incapacitated, so watch your back. That’s why the first step you are taught as a medic and responder is to mind your environment. Constantly scan and re-assess for danger. No one will look out for your well-being better than you.