40 Things Only EMS Workers Will Understand

About to eat, sleep, or have a life? Tones drop.

1. When you’re off duty but hear a noise that sounds just like your call tones.

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2. When you get scheduled with your best buddy.

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3. Entertaining yourself while on standby.

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4. When the tones drop, but no dispatch follows.

And for a moment, the world stands still.

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5. Trying to find a pen on scene:

Didn’t you place at least five in your pocket this morning?

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6. Finding scissors, gloves, and vital pads everywhere.

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7. The day they stopped carrying your favorite brand of gloves.

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8. Watching actors portray CPR on television.

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9. Nothing can gross you out anymore.

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10. Feeling like a slightly sadistic human being because of that.

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11. Oh, about to get off duty?

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12. What you wish you could say to bystanders on scene:

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13. Unleashing your creative side to keep yourself entertained.

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14. Catching someone with great veins when you’re off duty:

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15. That feeling when you get through a shift without getting any bodily fluids on your uniform!

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16. Fear of the open mic.

I am terrified that one day me and my partner will have an accidental open mic. There is no subject off limits on our rig. #EMSproblems

— 911 Redhead (@911_redhead)
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17. When you’re in the shower and the tones drop.

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18. How it feels the first time you back in the ambulance perfectly.

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What it probably looked like:

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19. Feeling your bedside manner go downhill as the shift goes on.

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20. Walking on scene and recognizing a frequent flier.

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21. When you’re nearing the end of your shift and…

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22. When the newbie on the crew says he or she, “Can’t wait to see some action!”

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23. The stretcher brake becoming your worst enemy.

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24. Tones dropping during the day:

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25. Tones dropping at 4 a.m.:

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26. Getting creative with mnemonic devices.

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27. Responding lights and sirens.

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28. Walking on scene and wondering how you’re going to get the patient out of the room, let alone into the ambulance.

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29. Having a steady flow of caffeine in your system at all times.

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30. Getting back to the station after several calls in a row.

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31. When you have an immobile patient on the 14th floor of a building – with no elevator.

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32. Just about to take your boots off? Oh, OK:

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33. *SHHHHhawefaiwjeaCRseaakka*

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34. When your patient tells the nurse a completely different personal history from what they told you on scene:

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35. When people ask if you get holidays off:

What are holidays?

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36. When the nurse asks why you didn’t get three complete sets of vitals.

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37. Trying to get a history from a patient that doesn’t speak the same language as you.

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38. Slow days.

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39. When someone on the crew mentions what a slow day it has been.

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40. What you think you look like during a call and what you actually look like.

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