We need to get better taking care of out patients. One of the easiest ways to get better is to work both sides of the emergency medicine realm. The main divide rests in the prehospital environment versus the emergency department. We can still see this in the rural versus urban environment. Our experiences in different realms can make us much better providers.
We are a team invested in providing total care for our patients. For the EMTs and paramedics, we need to get them in the emergency department not just for the "grunt work" that seems to often happen. These are often skilled individuals who at least part of the time must make critical decisions with little to no support. Exposing them to more advance skills like practicing intubations and needle decompressions can be helpful. We owe it to each other to do this for one another.
On the emergency department side we need to get out of the hospital and on the trucks. So many of our patients come on the ambulance yet few of us have experience in the field. If we could get this prehospital time we can better appreciate the challenges of this environment while learning the many facets to prehospital care outside of the medicine.
This even translates to working from rural to urban. When working in different environments we see things from a new perspective. Suddenly, we get better exposure and can more thoroughly manage a patient we had not previously seen at another location. Again, this is all about benefiting our patients.
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