submitted 2017-08-20 00:00:00 -0400
This paper is about Emergency Medical Care. It highlights how it was in the past, and it would make you grateful for the technology and methods that we have now. It shows how in the present, Emergency Medical Care has come a long way. However, newer methods and technology to save patients, increase convenience and response time, reduce wait times, reduce cost, and give doctors more time for the more at-risk patients, are needed. Some ideas in the future to solve these problems include digital-doctor visits, special hospital medical units with specialized ambulances, and several kinds of Telemedicine and other healthcare delivery systems. In this essay, how the author plans to prepare for emergency medical care. Also included is a description on what practicing emergency medical care means and on being a paramedic.
Keywords: ACLS, American Association of Family Practioners (AAFP), Emergency medical care, Telemedicine, Specific Medical Training Scholarship 2017, New York Presbyterian hospital (NYP), reverse triage, CT scan, ABCDE method
The job of a paramedic is not an easy one. They often must act fast to save the lives of total strangers in assaults, poisonings, natural disasters, horrible accidents, and more. However, their jobs are vital to society, especially when people need to be saved immediately. Today’s Healthcare in an emergency is much better now than in the past, but it can still be better. However, some improvements are needed for a better outcome for patients. Like faster response times or quick transportation to an ER. I can prepare for emergency healthcare by imagining myself in the job by working and volunteering in healthcare, reading medical novels, researching new emergency healthcare approaches, and taking BLS/ACLS courses. My parent’s advice from the medical field can also help in preparation. Emergency healthcare is okay but it needs future improvements, and preparing millennials for healthcare innovations will cause great improvement.
All most people know about emergency medicine is that paramedics come after dialing 911, paramedics are serious, what they see on hospital shows, Hospitals, ER, Ambulances, and not much else. However, emergency healthcare now is about more than that. What people do not know is the physical, emotional, mental preparation, and toughness that they must have to do their job, for both paramedics, ER workers, and more. The American Association of Family Practitioners (AAFP) said, “The provision of emergency medical care is an essential public service in the United states. Providing comprehensive emergency medical services to a diverse population requires a cooperative relationship among a variety of health professionals” (AAFP www.aafp.org). This puts emergency medicine in perspective. Emergency medicine is serious in Finland, with a shortage of General Practitioners (GP’s) causing “a well-equipped but expensive primary health care system which is not equally available to all Finnish citizens” (Kauppila 215). It also proves that emergency medicine is a worldwide problem.
There are suggestions for improving emergency medicine. First, people in America and abroad could consider Finland’s new reverse triage system determining which patients need more attention (Kauppila 215). It would free ER rooms for more acute patients. Although, as Kauppila says, “reverse triage causes redistribution of the use of doctors’ services rather than a true decrease in the use of these services” (Kauppila 214). Still, places like America could try this. In New York Presbyterian Hospital (NYP), Telemedicine, which includes the Mobile Stroke Treatment Unit (MSTU), and the “Emergency Department-based Telehealth Express Care Service,” could work too (Sharma 1–2). Innovations like these can improve emergency medicine.
There are several ways that I can prepare for the emergency medical field, in and out of the classroom. One of those ways is volunteer work in healthcare sectors. I can also research as much about emergency health care as I can, especially in my local community. I can also imagine myself trying to save a patient, and doing what I need to do to save him or her with the knowledge of my Basic Life Support and my ACLS. Taking notes whenever I can about emergency medical care along with taking the right courses to receive the certificate for the BLS and ACLS in addition to my college work.
Being a paramedic is not easy for several reasons, First, paramedics must be quick to save lives. second, they must always keep calm during their work, during any situation. Third, they must follow standard medical procedures to save lives.
Emergency healthcare is good but it can still be improved. My interest in medicine is to help find solutions. Current procedures have saved countless lives in America. However, suggestions exist to improve emergency medicine. It would take a lot of physical, mental, and emotional preparation to be ready for emergency medical care, but it is possible, and people have done it before. Being a paramedic is not easy, but it is a necessary job for the good of society. We college/medical students are the generation that can make reforms and innovations in emergency health care, save more lives than now, and solve the current medical problems in America and abroad today.
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