Celebrating EMS week

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Local paramedics reach out to the community to conclude nationwide event

NEW GLASGOW – From the first time Andrew McCulley saw the inside of an ambulance, he knew he wanted to be in paramedicine. 

He was only eight years old, but he had found his calling.

McCulley and other local paramedics were on hand at the Westside Sobeys on Saturday to answer questions, give tours of the ambulance and show off their tools as part of Emergency Medical Services week.

“People don’t get to see us as much as fire departments and police. When you see us, it’s usually a stressful and scary situation,” the 22-year-old originally from Parrsboro says, adding that he hopes it helps to calm patients to get to know them before they need their help.

They had many people stopping by throughout the day, mostly elderly, telling them stories about when they were last in an ambulance.

It’s that kind of interaction that keeps McCulley going in the profession. The patients are the best part of the job, he says.

“It sounds political, but it’s true. We’re often asked what’s the worst thing we’ve seen, but that’s not the exciting part,” he says, adding that it’s rewarding to be able to help.

That doesn’t mean it doesn’t come with stress.

Scenes full of people, risking patient dignity and control of a situation, aren’t easy, McCulley says.

“The best way to control a situation is by talking and remaining calm,” he says, adding that patient care is always top priority.

He finds the field diverse and always improving in terms of research, listing drugs like Tenecteplase as an example of how far they’ve come.

He compares it to Draino for blood clots and helps in heart attacks.

They were also explaining to visitors the medical supplies they have on them at all times, and the changes to CPR over the years, now concentrating on chest compressions. 

Organizations: EMS

Geographic location: Parrsboro

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