Tag Archives: paramedics

NaNo question: I was wondering if you had any resources or information on air ambulances. One of my characters drowns in a rural area and is airlifted to the hospital. His sister has been with him, doing chest compressions. I have lots of information on ambulance vehicles, so I’m mostly wondering how this would be different. Would they have less medical equipment available? Could his sister still ride along? I’d appreciate anything you have. Thanks so much!

As it happens, you’re asking a flight medic about air ambulances, so the question isn’t “do you have resources” so much as “What would you like to know?” 🙂 (I work on the ground, but I have my flight wings.)  Air ambulances come in a variety of forms, and specific loadouts are often country-, service-, and mission-specific. …

Do you know if the Los Angeles area’s EMS are “fire-based” service or some other kind e.g. volunteer or hospital-aligned? I didn’t even think to wonder until going through your archive for something else “Paramedic” tonight and finding out there’s a difference! But it has Relevance and this literally manages to apply to BOTH of my NaNo projects this year (including a minor character who’s a paramedic and pops up in both), so it’s a two-fer, heh. (PS: Hope you’re feeling better, Aunty!)

I’ve never worked in Los Angeles, so there’s that, though I had a few conversations some years ago with people who did. But my understanding is this:  –LA Fire responds to medical emergencies alongside ambulances. All LAFD firefighters are certified as EMTs, and some are certified as paramedics; they can intervene while waiting for or …

Do you know if any Services have policies about what medications their paramedics are allowed to be on while on duty (+whether/how people might ignore it if they do)? B/c a lot of my NaNo will deal with mental health, and my Paramedic Character is supposed to be on Xanax for panic attacks but that’s considered “sedative” isn’t it? (I know they say be careful when driving on it!) But the message of Seeking Treatment when you’re mentally ill is important to the story so I’m reluctant to ax that.

Hey there! Thanks for your ask.  So this is often service-to-service, but the general rules are:  Your character can take pretty much anything when you’re off-duty as long as it doesn’t affect their performance at work. Your character can’t take anything that is very long-acting and that might affect their care or their driving.  Xanax …

BS Medical Tropes That Need to Die Part 4: Stealing Ambulances (With a Patient Still Inside)

Sometimes, dearest writer-friends, life imitates art. It’s happened before, in action movies, in TV shows, in books. Someone desperately needs to go somewhere. Maybe it’s chasing a bad guy, maybe it’s getting away from one. But the characters happen upon an ambulance, sitting on a scene with the engine running and, well, they just…. get …