Why are you a paramedic, a prehospital RN…or whatever your license says? We all have to ask ourselves that question at some point. Some do this for the atmosphere. Some do it for the excitement. Even more use this as a stepping stone, on their way to another career. And then there’s a few that do it to practice high-quality medicine in some really challenging environments. To bring high quality care to the ditches and dark places of the world. Well, if you fall into that latter category, you’re a ditch medic….and you’re in the right place. That’s our passion too.

Our industry doesn’t support ditch medics very well. You receive your training in school and then are sent off into the world to stomp out disease and render death into life. And often, or industry fails to continue your education. Not unless you seek that training and education out yourself.

You’re taught to follow your protocols. To trust the piece of paper in that book. But so few of you are taught to use your brain, your innate ability to critically think. So, what if you want to be better? What if you don’t want to be a mindless protocol drone? You’ve got to start thinking like a critical care provider and not a protocol follower. Not everybody is cut out for this. Not every medic is created equal. But for those that can make that transition, you’ll be an exponentially better provider than you are today.

This site is about changing your thought process. It’s about bringing critical thinking and advanced level medicine to the world of 911 EMS. Critical care doesn’t just mean giving advanced medications or performing complex procedures. It’s a mindset. It’s about looking for the best solution to a problem. Using critical thinking to better understand your patient and your treatment. If you lack the understanding of your patient’s disease or injury, if you don’t know why you’re doing something, and what the effects on your patient will be, both intended and unintended…you’re a ticking time-bomb. And you have no business in this industry.

The type of provider you are comes down to you. If you want to be better, you’re going to have to do it yourself. Your agency likely doesn’t care. They’re too busy putting asses in the seats and rigs on the streets. If you want to be at the top of your game, it’s going to be the extra work you put in. You will have to cultivate the right mindset. And when it’s you, a brand new partner, and a dying patient, you’ll thank yourself for putting in the extra time. Your patients will thank you as well.

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