It's seldom that you see enlightening articles about the lifesaving jobs of paramedics and many times read about only the problems that have occurred. My sister had been in the hospital system for a total of nine months until her death in July. During this period, she had been in various medical facilities in the Pittsburgh area and, due to problems that occurred, was taken by ambulance back to the acute-care hospital on numerous occasions. It was during this time that I became impressed with how knowledgeable and compassionate these paramedics were.
We had used the services of the Pittsburgh EMS and other ambulance companies at various times, and they were always very professional to both the patient and family. I was very concerned when she once again needed to be transferred in May from Shadyside Hospital ICU to Select Specialty because she was now in a coma, with a vent and feeding tube, but the paramedics came in and explained how they were going to transport her without causing any additional problems or pain.
This was the last time she needed any transport, but due to everything that happened over the prior months, I have gained a better understanding of the medical knowledge and lifesaving techniques that paramedics need to have in the course of their jobs. I have found that they deserve a lot of praise for the jobs they do every day.