Not an instructor here, but if I were I would be stressing the daylights out of thorough assessments. Big difference between NREMT assessments and what actually goes on at the scene. Real easy to find the pelvic fracture and miss the spot their head hit the asphalt. I agree on common meds though.
Autoloaders go down too. A little embarrassing when you are outside the ER trying to pick up a Pt. Coulda been worse though. We could have been delivering a Pt to the ER.
Air bags blow out, quite often out here.
My commute is about 150 miles (one way). I get coffee before I leave town, where I work, and no stops until I get home. The trip is all rural except one small town of maybe 1000 people and no traffic lights So, the uniform is not a big deal. Besides this is the middle of nowhere in SW Texas.
I usually arrive the day before shift in civvies and then go to uniform in the AM and back to civvies 48 hrs later. But a couple of ugly calls within less than 15 minutes of go home time cured me of changing. I just go home in uniform.
If we're outside the city limits the Pt might get an IV. Depends on what the problem is, cardiac probably, but good vitals and nothing major, then no, we are about 3 miles max from the hospital. Out in the county, different story, anything that might need meds gets an IV.
I live in the boonies in Tx and work in a small city on the interstate where only travelers who need fuel or food stop. Covid has been a pain, but our confirmed cases were few, relatively speaking. No signs of protest here, so we're lucky.
To those of you out there who are impacted by this...
I'm an "old." I'm 70 (just started this line of retirement bizzy work at 65). I work with P's that are younger than my youngest kid. Have no problem communicating with them. I don't do facebook, etc., but I love the internet and can literally spend hours reading on it or going to a couple of...
Glad to see this thread, because I still get that feeling. It gets better, but it feels like it is taking way to long. That being said, none of the P's I work with (I'm an A) have complained about anything. I have a couple who offer useful advice, that is much appreciated.