May 15-21, 2016, is National EMS Week! The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) sponsor this yearly recognition event to thank those who have chosen the challenging world of emergency medicine.
When they hear the term EMS, most people think of the folks who operate the ambulance, but the world of EMS is far more diverse and includes: EMTs (emergency medical technicians), paramedics, first responders, emergency physicians, nurses, firefighters, educators, administrators, dispatchers, communicators, transport services, flight services, emergency rooms, hospitals, trauma centers, and more. They all provide a vital public service 24/7 and spend a huge amount of time in continuing education and training to enhance skills. It takes a unique blend of skill, compassion, and professionalism to dedicate your life to a career in EMS.
This week, take a moment to celebrate your local heroes – whether it’s a big gesture like providing a meal or cards for your local fire department, or something small like a quiet thank you to your favorite nurse or paramedic, letting them know you acknowledge their service is always appreciated.
It may be a little less direct, but if you truly want to honor and help all emergency service providers, consider taking a class in CPR and first aid. Knowing how to help someone before EMS arrives can go a long way toward making their jobs easier, and the chances of survival for those you may help much greater!