So That's What It Means

It’s summertime again, and summer gives us an opportunity to have some fun. In keeping with our summer tradition of having fun, it’s time to look at some new terms that are making their way into the mainstream EMS vernacular of practicing medicine...


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Other people we may work with are commonly known as “Randy Rescues” or “Mr. Gadget.” These are co-workers who carry virtually every item that can possibly be purchased by a first responder. They carry many of these gadgets on them and if they were to fall into water, they would sink to the bottom because of the weight.

Then, there is the familiar “EMS wedgie.” This is the condition that results when you are carrying a patient on a stretcher down the stairs and you are at the head. Typically, a firefighter will grab your belt from behind and pull in a rear and upward motion to prevent you from possibly falling down the stairs, resulting in a wedgie.

Of course, all of this is for fun. Professionals in the fire service should always take their job seriously when the alarm sounds and we are called into action. When lives or property is involved, that is not the time to joke. We should be respectful of all patients regardless of their complaint or condition. Enjoy your summer and stay safe!