Have you ever left the hospital after bringing a patient to the emergency room, turned to your partner, and said, “I don’t think the doctor listened to a word I said?” Or maybe left a meeting with hospital administrators and thought, “They don’t understand what we do?”
If you’re an EMS leader or practitioner, there’s a good chance you have. Our profession has often expressed frustration at feeling disrespected or being left out of the healthcare conversations – in our communities and at state and national levels. It’s rarely an intentional snub to EMS, but instead the result of ignorance. If you don’t know what you don’t know, then how do you know? And who else will teach our healthcare partners besides us?