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Respect Is Earned

Florissant, MO

#22 Apr 22, 2013
hardhead wrote:
you know what? i don't think i could have done what you did, you had to have compassion for the people you dealt with. be way to easy for me to let the bastards die right there in the gutter where they belong. my hats off to you sir, you are held to a higher standard than most.
And that's why you never see too many medics past their 40's.

I've also been a strong advocate for MANDATORY, real first responder training as a requirement for H.S. graduation nationwide.
What little is taught now...CPR / basic first aid...isn't enough, is completed in a few days at best, and having been involved in the actual training...isn't taken seriously enough by most students or faculty.
Expanding on it and making it a complete separate and mandatory credited class would not only save countless lives, but I feel also would instill more compassion...caring...and participation in normal society.
40 hours of clinicals in a real emergency dept. would be one hellofa wake up call for our over-privileged and often reckless youth.
It would sure help toughen them up a bit, would absolutely give them a deeper respect for the value of a human life, and who knows may breed more doctors, RN's, medics, etc.
Heath care professional are of the only job mkts. that's stable, in demand, and growing.
Needless to say I've hit nothing but brickwalls over the years when talking to school administrators, policy makers and politicians.
Little suzy and johnny's poor little minds can't handle it, what if they're traumatized for life. What if they get AIDS? All kinds of ridiculousness that just perpetuates the ignorance and fear in this country!
It's just too much red tape, liability and responsibility.
And of course throw in the lawyers and risk managers and our litigious and lazy society and it's labeled as a novel idea at best.


Wentzville, MO

#23 Apr 25, 2013
Like respect is Earned, I too believe that a cour in Emergency Med needs to be taught at the HS level. Even as a first responder I also didn't take the 40 hour class seriously enough. Not until I did my clinical at CHNW years age when our FD went on strike did I fully appreciate the dedication, seriousness, and devotion do the Meds have. In Nam I was hurt and med evacted by the true heros.
Only in recent years the FD has been required to graduate from an academy. Before it was basic stuff (water on heat) it goes deeper.
Yes it has some benifits of retirement knowing that what you did caused some changes in human behavior, put away dirt bags, and put a bookmark on a young life. The most unforgettable moments remain how I was able look into a child's eyes that was hurt or the parent was injured and tried my best to convince him "it was going to be alright)
Then and only then can you say you did your best. Everything else seems so unimportant when the child hugs your neck so tight you can't breathe.
I will always sleep good knowing what I did was right. And quite possibly changed the world in the child's life.

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