EMS Week Celebration: Dedicated. For Life.
During the last few months, I have witnessed two events that required urgent response from Emergency Medical Service (EMS) personnel. The first instance was on a weeknight when a man collapsed in public and required urgent medical attention. The second situation happened on a Sunday morning when I witnessed a high- speed auto accident directly in front of me on Interstate 94 while on my way to work. Most of us have witnessed events like this at one time or another, and they aren't things that we easily forget. They involve people in potentially perilous medical condition, people who are scared and in pain, and, in the case of the flipped vehicle in the middle lane of the freeway, present potential danger to those who come to help. While these situations are uncommon to most of us, first responders handle them every day in our communities. Our local EMS personnel responded and arrived nearly immediately in the situations I witnessed. They acted professionally to comfort, initiate treatment, and rapidly transport the injured patients to the hospital for further treatment.
This year, Sunday, May 18 marks the beginning of National EMS Week. We are fortunate that regardless of the day or time, despite the difficult weather of this past winter, and no matter how many other calls they have, our first responders are there when we need them. This year's theme "EMS: Dedicated. For Life." is especially appropriate. It recognizes their dedication to excel under difficult and stressful situations to save endangered lives.
I would like to publicly acknowledge the critical role that EMS personnel play in the treatment of injured patients at all four of Bronson’s emergency departments throughout the region, including the area’s only Level I Trauma Center. They serve on the front lines of trauma care, stabilizing patients before they arrive to the more controlled environment of the hospital's trauma and emergency center. As an orthopedic trauma surgeon, I see the difficulties they face “in the field.” Imagine a job where you must move and transport a person with multiple broken bones while at the same time trying to provide comfort and pain control. The ability of EMS personnel to do both in a professional yet compassionate manner is truly remarkable.
It is reassuring to know that in an emergency, this outstanding team will be there for our families, friends and neighbors. Please join me this week in thanking our EMS providers for their unfailing service to our community.
Jason Roberts, MD
Orthopedic Trauma Surgeon
Bronson HealthCare Midwest