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As a paramedic what are the most types of injuries you deal with?

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Justin’s Answer

One of the interesting aspects of being a paramedic is the wide variety of situations you see. Injuries can take many forms; more often than not, people call 911 for more medical-related issues than trauma. When I say medical-related I mean things such as dizziness, nausea, difficulty breathing, etc. If you are asking about trauma-related injuries, in my service area falls are very common. Falls are more common in elderly individuals and can cause serious injuries. It is very common for people to trip over rugs in their homes and fall. These types of calls are common for BLS (basic life support) EMTs (emergency medical technicians) to go to. They usually require some aspect of extremity splinting or bandaging and transport to the hospital. Car accidents are also very common to go to and can have a host of injuries associated with them.

Paramedics, with ALS (advanced life support) capabilities, will mainly be saved for more serious injuries, for example, a fall with someone who is unconscious. Straying away from the word, "injury," in my service area the most common calls that paramedics are sent to are related to people feeling chest pain. Paramedics are able to take and interpret EKGs in the field in order to direct patient care. It is very common to get a call for chest pain, take EKGs, put in IV, possibly give medicine to treat more time-sensitive issues, and transport to the hospital.

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Pete’s Answer

Injuries come in many different forms. We can break them down in various ways, for example by mechanism (cause), body system(s) affected, etc. I'm not quite sure if you're looking for a statistic based answer or just from my time as a paramedic. Can you narrow it down for me?
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Pete
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David’s Answer

I've heard drug overdoses are common, but I have no experience with it!
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