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What's a day in the life of a student paramedic like?
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The same as any Student... Stressful :cry2:

This was my day yesterday.

6:30am - Report to the Ambulance station and start to get the Ambulance ready for the day. Firstly check the vehicle is ready and safe to hit the road and the emergency lights and sirens are working, then transfer drugs to ambulance and make sure all equipment is present and in working order.

6:50am - Cup of tea, ready to hit the road with Pam the Paramedic and Andy the Technician.

7am - Leave Ambulance Station.

7:10am - First 999 call of the day. Male, 31, called 999 after falling downstairs and injuring ankle and dizzy. Believed to be twisted ankle, no signs of break and dizziness associated with shock as no bangs to head. Partner informs they will self-convey to A&E if not life threatening.

7:50 - Showing clear and next job comes in immediately. Flurry of 999 calls reporting 3 vehicle collision. We're second Ambulance on Scene, crew one report walking wounded and minor injuries. One patient has a laceration to forearm and needs stitches. Conveyed to hospital.

9am - Show clear. No outstanding calls, head to McDonald's for a refreshment.

9:50am - Next 999 call. Male, 11, fallen from height. Multi-agency response, Second on scene after Roads Policing Crew, patient assessed, fell from Climbing Frame at park. Agitated, query head trauma. Blue lighted to hospital under police escort.

11:45 - Show clear. Next 999 call. Female, 63, cardiac arrest. CPR / ALS for 37 minutes. Still asystolic. 12:20pm - Patient deceased.

1:35pm - Head to Station for Break.

2:10 - Back on the road. 111 Call, ambulance requested, female, 8 - Rash and unwell. Confirm chickenpox - Care advice given to Grandmother and patient left at home

3pm - Clear, next job. 999, male, 26 - Accident at work, head trauma. Arrive and patient slipped in work and has very minor cut to scalp (generally lots of blood so people freak out) CCTV footage shown to us, hilarious. We all laugh. Patient wrapped up and advised to go home and rest.

4pm - Clear. 999, male, 19 - Accidental overdose of prescribed medication. Call GP. GP happy to leave at home.

5:10pm - Clear. Roadside Cover

6:05 - 999, male, assaulted. Patient assessed, small laceration to lip and broken nose. Conveyed to hospital.

6:45 - Return to base, clear up Ambulance and have a quick gab with mentor and get ready to go home!
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What’s 9+10
It says Student Paramedic, not Student Mathematician.
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It says Student Paramedic, not Student Mathematician.

It does say I should ask you anything mate.....
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It does say I should ask you anything mate.....
Touche
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What's your favourite Ben & Jerry's flavour?
Phish Food
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How many times have you watched Picnic at Hanging Rock ?

( the original 1975 version :rolleyes: )
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Do you have any memorable/unusual stories about being a student paramedic?
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How many times have you watched Picnic at Hanging Rock ?

( the original 1975 version :rolleyes: )
*Googles Picnic at Hanging Rock*

Never :confused::lol:
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*Googles Picnic at Hanging Rock*

Never :confused::lol:
it is well worth watching
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Do you have any memorable/unusual stories about being a student paramedic?
Good question that! Delivering my first (and currently only) baby was amazing, I cried like a little boy.
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Do you watch medical shows? What do you think of them?
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Do you watch medical shows? What do you think of them?
If you're talking about Soaps like Casualty, then no - They're a lot of shite.

Documentary TV shows like BBC's Ambulance I enjoy to watch.
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The same as any Student... Stressful :cry2:

This was my day yesterday.

6:30am - Report to the Ambulance station and start to get the Ambulance ready for the day. Firstly check the vehicle is ready and safe to hit the road and the emergency lights and sirens are working, then transfer drugs to ambulance and make sure all equipment is present and in working order.

6:50am - Cup of tea, ready to hit the road with Pam the Paramedic and Andy the Technician.

7am - Leave Ambulance Station.

7:10am - First 999 call of the day. Male, 31, called 999 after falling downstairs and injuring ankle and dizzy. Believed to be twisted ankle, no signs of break and dizziness associated with shock as no bangs to head. Partner informs they will self-convey to A&E if not life threatening.

7:50 - Showing clear and next job comes in immediately. Flurry of 999 calls reporting 3 vehicle collision. We're second Ambulance on Scene, crew one report walking wounded and minor injuries. One patient has a laceration to forearm and needs stitches. Conveyed to hospital.

9am - Show clear. No outstanding calls, head to McDonald's for a refreshment.

9:50am - Next 999 call. Male, 11, fallen from height. Multi-agency response, Second on scene after Roads Policing Crew, patient assessed, fell from Climbing Frame at park. Agitated, query head trauma. Blue lighted to hospital under police escort.

11:45 - Show clear. Next 999 call. Female, 63, cardiac arrest. CPR / ALS for 37 minutes. Still asystolic. 12:20pm - Patient deceased.

1:35pm - Head to Station for Break.

2:10 - Back on the road. 111 Call, ambulance requested, female, 8 - Rash and unwell. Confirm chickenpox - Care advice given to Grandmother and patient left at home

3pm - Clear, next job. 999, male, 26 - Accident at work, head trauma. Arrive and patient slipped in work and has very minor cut to scalp (generally lots of blood so people freak out) CCTV footage shown to us, hilarious. We all laugh. Patient wrapped up and advised to go home and rest.

4pm - Clear. 999, male, 19 - Accidental overdose of prescribed medication. Call GP. GP happy to leave at home.

5:10pm - Clear. Roadside Cover

6:05 - 999, male, assaulted. Patient assessed, small laceration to lip and broken nose. Conveyed to hospital.

6:45 - Return to base, clear up Ambulance and have a quick gab with mentor and get ready to go home!
Wow, that's quite a lot to take in one day. Thanks for that!
I'd also say that's quite different from most students' day in the life, afaik.
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Wow, that's quite a lot to take in one day. Thanks for that!
I'd also say that's quite different from most students' day in the life, afaik.
lmao - That was actually quite an easy day lol. Placement's maybe - But we sit in front of laptops for hours on end too :lol:
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lmao - That was actually quite an easy day lol. Placement's maybe - But we sit in front of laptops for hours on end too :lol:
And are those days tougher ones?
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And are those days tougher ones?
Yeah - Sometimes there are numerous 999 calls outstanding, some waiting hours - and you're darting from one call to another as soon as you've cleared from a job - Sometimes there's difficult jobs - But it's all part and parcel.
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