Paramedics worthy of praise

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This week Canadians are being asked to celebrate Emergency Medical Services Week.

Initiated in 1973 in the United States, this week is to recognize the work of people who care for patients before they arrive at the hospital as one site describes it “day after day, no matter what the temperature, season, challenges, difficulties are always present.”

These types of weeks abound now and they are often easy to overlook, but we encourage everyone to take some time to think of all our paramedics and first responders do for our community and express that gratitude to them.

Emergency medical care is one of those services that people take for granted in our society. Those workers often aren’t appreciated enough until we need their help.

There are more than 1,000 licensed paramedics in this province who respond to thousands of calls for help. The true number of lives saved is probably hard to calculate, but it’s sure that these people are making a real difference in our province.

Whether a loved one has had a heart attack or stroke at home or an accident on the highway, there can be no sweeter sound that that of sirens signaling that help is on the way.

We often hear about the golden hour following an accident that a person has the great chance of surviving if they receive medical care. For many this time would pass quickly if it weren’t for the EHS and other first responders from area fire departments in our area who rush to their aid.

Those who have heart attacks often wouldn’t survive the trip to the hospital if it weren’t for the clot busting medicine that paramedics here in Nova Scotia can administer.

Every member of the health care system has an important job, but the work done by paramedics is immediate and meaningful.

For that we say, thank you.

Geographic location: United States, Nova Scotia

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