Our primary job is saving lives, but we are also here to provide hope and comfort, and to be present to act in time of need. Showing a family that help was there, that everything possible was done, and then giving them time to gather and say goodbye to a loved one is something to be proud of. It is hard to measure its worth.
I think when it comes down to it, parents are more concerned with their children’s immediate health than with looking stupid for using the health care system inappropriately. At least that’s the way I leaned when it was decision time. I need to remember that when I’m the one wearing the stethoscope.
If you aren’t a regular reader of Rescuing Providence, you should be. Michael Morse is the real deal and one of the most prolific and talented EMS writers out there. While you can read his blog for free, buying his books is an even better way of showing your support for Michael and for our profession. EMS literature, whether true life stories, fiction or even poetry, is a way of showing the world who we are, what we do, and why what what do is important.