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Thoughts From NIAS
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One from the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service FB page. Applicable to ambulance services across the world I would guess.


Quote:So quite a lot can happen in a week in the ambulance service. This time last week we were posting a pic of our new EMTs - all full of enthusiasm to go out and do their best. Then on Monday they, like the rest of us, wake up to a headline story that,in percentage terms, we don't reach half of Category A patients within 8 minutes. There is no denying it, but somehow it doesn't seem fair that the patient who may have been in Cardiac Arrest and waited more than 8 minutes but survived, thanks to the skill of the Paramedics and EMTs, isn't taken into account. But response times are definitely an area upon which we must improve.
Then as the week moved on, we were in the press again. This time it was because of yet another assault on a crew by the very person they were coming to help. Most of this happened in the back of the ambulance which is a very confined space and doesn't lend itself to helping you defend yourself or avoid the attack.
We hope the crew, which was a mixed male and female team, are feeling a little bit better today than they were then. But after the physical trauma has healed, how long will it take to get over the emotional trauma. 
These were long serving members of staff. They have resuscitated people; they have watched people die and comforted families; they have brought life into this world; they have rescued people from wrecked cars and they have held the hand of the frail and the elderly. They don't ask much in return. They just want to continue to do what they have always done. But they don't want to do it under the fear of being attacked. They need the support of our communities and our legal system to make sure that these attacks stop and that anyone who sees fit to attack them faces custodial sentences.
If you want to know how they might be feeling today and you haven't already watched the video of one paramedic telling her story, then you should watch




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