You might want to rework this one because most of it doesn't make much sense or help your position.
Originally Posted by ffscm72
Please name a few and we can discuss them.
True some of your medications that you are allowed to give, are used by physicians as a long term treatment....But when it is used in the EMS field it is only meant as a short term stabilization tool.
You clearly know very little about what you are talking about with regards to the paramedic level. Treatment protocols are written by physicians, this is true. However, you are absolutely wrong that "nothing is left to (my) discretion" when treating a patient.
You are only allowed to use those drug under a physicians guidance. Either thru standing orders, verbal orders.
Your protocols aren't just something you medics talk about in a cute lil meeting. They written by a physician(s). They allow you to do your job. Nothing is left to your discretion. You must (or at least should) follow within ur defined scope of practice.
I'm a little familiar with your County's paramedic service and their reputation and I'm pretty confident in saying that they are also allowed to exercise their discretion in treating patients.
Trust me, I'm not "worked up". I understand they are your opinions, however I feel that most of these opinions are born out of not knowing what you are trying to talk about.
I don't understand why you are getting worked up...they are my opinions. I am not alone. Thus beauty of the debate!
I'm more than willing to talk to people with different views, however in my 18+ year career, providing EMS in 2 states and a fair number of EMS organizations and EMS systems, you are the only person that I have encountered that thinks paramedics really want to be doctors and try to act that way when providing EMS care.
That's a biased statement because I feel safe in saying these people you had contact with have the same opinions that you do. Talk to someone with a different view from yourself. & you might find you were right or wrong.
Thanks, but I'm not sure when the name calling occurred.
I will back up a moment...& apologize I stooped down to a level of name calling I should not have done...& which I apologize as I don't know you. I've placed you into a broad spectrum of a (hopefully) small group of co-workers I just can't stand. No fair to you.
I'm sure your perspective will change if that occurs. I agree that this job really isn't all that complicated and that we aren't doctors, but many of the statements you have made seem to devalue and show a lack of comprehension of what the job actually is beyond the BLS level.
But I stand by my opinion until it can be proven otherwise. Maybe one day when I step up into the roll of paramedic I might have a change of mind...But from my perspective it's just kind of silly to make something so hard out of something that is so dang simple. I like to live by the KISS method. IMHO