Just in time for EMS Week 2017‘s theme of Always In Service, I have a new article titled Why EMS personnel need an all-the-time personal first aid kit. Here’s a preview:
In many 911 systems, the majority of call types are medical. Trauma calls are just a small portion of the call volume. If you have ever worked at a mass gathering sporting event or music festival, you know you are much more likely to treat aches and minor wounds than major trauma. You are also much more likely to distribute over-the-counter pain relievers, Band-Aids and ice packs than you are to use a fistful of tourniquets. The same is true during the course of our everyday, even our off-duty days. Most self-care is for minor injuries and most requests from friends and family for first aid are for strains, sprains, bruises, cuts and scrapes.
Chase Jarvis, a professional photographer and iPhone photography expert, wrote “The Best Camera Is the One That’s With You.” I agree and this point of view happens to apply both to photography and first aid kits. The best personal first aid kit is the one with you.
You can read the entire article at EMS1.com.
If you want a deeper philosophical read on this year’s EMS Week theme, then I highly recommend you reading Scott Kier‘s article “Always In Service“. He basically lifted the words right out of my own mind and is pretty close to what I would have said if I had the time to be deeply philosophical for EMS Week.