Here at the little ambulance that could, we are scheduled by need, and thus we rarely work with the same partner. I have some partners that I love to work with, some that I dread working with, and some that I rarely, if ever work with. As a matter of fact there are two medics I have never worked with.
Every partner has a different way of communicating with their partners. Me… I usually keep to myself. I do my job, then find a place to escape. Some Chat, chat, chat all day long. Regardless of whether I chat back. Others get pissed about everything. Every time something goes wrong(from getting a hang nail to crashing the truck) they scream at the top of their lungs.
I find that GOOD partners need not say a word to communicate. My Brother-from-another-mother and I just know. We walk in, we know whose call it is, who is doing what, and why we are doing it. When the shit hits the fan, we know where eachother will be stepping, what we’re going to do, and when we will do it.
When I work with my favorite partner, we hardly talk on calls. I find that the partners I don’t trust are the ones I talk to the most. I feel like I have to make sure they aren’t f’ing my license throughout the call. But the good ones just do their jobs.
A few weeks ago I was on a call with someone I will call notsogoodmedic and I just couldn’t figure it out. She had to tell me everything she was doing. She’d ask what I wanted to do. She’d ask if we were ready—all while it was her run. I think that calls like this make everyone think we’re all idiots. The patient cant rest because they don’t know if you can handle their care… The LEO’s and FF’s think we’re disorganized and stupid… The patient’s family gets scared because we’re about to take their loved one away and they don’t trust us…
The little ambulance that could has a “reputation”. One that isn’t one most services would be looking for… I just wish that some of the medics here a) saw that reputation b) realized their actions were responsible for it c) gave a damn to change it…
Tomorrow I work with one of my favorite partners, and I can’t wait. When we get a call we both know that the other person is going to do their job and thats it. Is it really that complicated?