Paramedics are one of a kind. To be employed as a first responder takes a combination of very specific qualities, many of which are not required in other types of jobs. Those who choose to do that kind of work are often “cut from a different cloth” as the saying goes, meaning they possess certain qualities and skills that are rare and to be admired. The people in charge of ambulance services are often lauded as being brave, but there are so many more aspects to this job than just bravery. Here are the top 5 qualities that one would commonly see in a Houston Paramedic:
- It is true that it is more than being brave, but it is also important to celebrate the quality of bravery too. Not everyone has the constitution to be a first responder and be on the scene before anyone else. Often times this puts paramedics in dangerous situations that, in the worst-case scenario, can harm them or even take their life. To willingly walk into these kinds of environments takes a lot of bravery.
- A strong stomach. It is no secret that paramedics often have to see some very disturbing things from injuries to crime scenes to accidents. There may be blood and other difficult imagery, but for paramedics, this is part of the job. In order to do their job well, they need to be able to handle it. This ability is not present in everyone and in fact, someone without a strong stomach would likely not be able to work as a paramedic.
- An eye for detail. There is a lot going on when someone is in need of a paramedic and sometimes, it I a matter of life and death. With the stakes so high, an eye for detail is important because it could be the difference of figuring out how to save someone, or perhaps missing an important clue and making the situation worse. Paramedics like those at Windsor EMS are particularly skilled in making sure they don’t miss anything.
- A calm demeanor. Similar to the above, injuries often cause hysteria. If not from the patient, then likely from their friends or family. It may be extremely hectic but a paramedic cannot let that distract them. Instead, they must be calm and level-headed so that they can do their work efficiently and effectively. Again, the stakes are high and maintaining a calm demeanor will help mitigate errors.
- A good memory. Medical professionals need to know science and they need to know the human body. These are both huge subjects with lots of different aspects and subtopics. There is a lot of studying that goes into working as a paramedic, but the work doesn’t end after the schooling is over. Instead, these skills and facts must be retained so that they can effectively treat patients no matter the situation or injury.
While it is absolutely true that those who do EMS work are brave, they also have many other admirable qualities that should be celebrated and appreciated.