Monday, May 14, 2012

Celebrating Emergency Medical Service Professionals

     Imagine for a minute that you have been involved in a car accident, have had a fall, your young child has fallen into a pool, or your house has caught on fire. These are all terrifying events that could happen at any time.

     Now imagine the feeling of relief that you would have when you see Emergency Medical Services (EMS) professionals arrive on the scene. These brave men and women bring along with them comfort, safety, hope, and the knowledge that the trauma is over and the healing can begin.

So why did I ask you to imagine such a scary situation? 

     Well, I hope that most of you have never had to experience such an awful story in your lives, but I wanted to get you in a mind set to help Meritus Health celebrate the wonderful EMS professionals we work with every day.

     EMS providers deal with situations just like the one you just imagined each and every day. It takes an amazing person to be able to perform under that kind of pressure and it is important for us to recognize the hard work they put in to keep our community safe and healthy. That is why, in 1974, President Gerald Ford officially made the third week in May National EMS Week.

     This year National EMS Week falls on the week beginning May 20. Meritus Health is asking you to help us celebrate by thanking any EMS providers that you know, have met, or just see out and about.

     Another great way to thank EMS providers is by making their job easier. This can mean making any number of simple changes to your life, including:
  • Don’t be a distracted driver. Always watch the road and never text and drive. For more information about the dangers of distracted driving check out Meritus Health’s Stay Alive! Don’t Text and Drive website. 
  • Check your fire detectors. Make sure all fire detectors in your home are working and have fresh batteries. Many fire departments offer free fire detector inspections. Check with your local fire department to see if they offer such a service. 
  • Fall proof your home. Did you know that one out of three adults over the age of 65 will sustain a fall this year? For information about how to prevent falls check out the January 3rd episode of the Health Matters radio show
  • Never leave your children alone near bodies of water–including the bath. Drowning is the second leading cause of death for children ages one to fourteen. Always watch your children when you go to the pool, ocean, lake, or anywhere they are around water. 
  • Learn how to perform CPR. By performing CPR until EMS professionals arrive, you can help save someone’s life. There are multiple ways to learn CPR, such as signing up for a CPR class, attending a community workshop, or just remembering your favorite disco song!
Join us in celebrating an essential part of the healthcare team- emergency medical service professionals!

By Shawn McNally

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