My First Surgical Cricothyrotomy Essay

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I have spent nearly six years working in EMS. Most of which involved working for a busy urban fire department, but I also worked in such places as doctor’s offices and emergency rooms. During that time, I worked my way up the ladder from being a part time ambulance driver, to a seasoned Paramedic. As with all emergency medical workers, I have been on so many runs that it is hard to pick out which runs were harder than others; however, a couple of runs always seem to stick out in my mind. One involved a three car accident with several fatalities and numerous victims who were seriously wounded. One of these patients became the recipient of my first “In the field” surgical cricothyrotomy. It was a very late summer night, and traffic on Interstate 290 was very light. Unfortunately, three cars managed to find each other at the same place at the same time. Reports say that a westbound vehicle drove down an off-ramp the wrong way and into an eastbound vehicle. The third vehicle was also heading east and proceeded to drive into the first two vehicles. Regardless how the accident happened, it left a very big impression on many people for the rest of their lives. My partner and I were on the first ambulance to arrive on the scene. It was a horrible sight to see. Barely able to make out the three cars amongst the tangled metal, we knew we were in for a long night. My partner and I split up in order to get a good assessment of the injuries in a short amount of time. The first vehicle I came to was still occupied by three people. It was an elderly couple along with their 12 year old grandchild. Later I found out that they were on their way home from a late night at church. The grandfather was the driver, and by my

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