What Say You?

I am sure that most of you have noticed that I have been wading my way through another bout with writer’s block.  It happens, right?  I’ve beaten it before, and I will beat it again though.  I’ve gotten some great support from some friends who have suggested topics, and offered ideas for future posts.  The one I am sharing with you today though is one I find interesting.

Last week, I was complaining on my Facebook wall about my struggles with writer’s block, and my friend friend sent me an interesting question:

“I saw that you had writer’s block the other day and was curious to know if you’d be interested in running an informal and non-scientific survey of your faithful readers. Here’s what I am curious to find out: I have the opportunity to watch hundreds of transfers by the various private services in RI take place at various hospitals while I am posting. It seems as though virtually all of the techs riding with their patients sit in the airway seat behind the patient, usually entirely out of view of their patient. About the only time that I sit in that seat is when I have a backboarded patient (so my patient can see me) or a patient with an airway issue, at all other times I am either on the bench or in the “captains” chair, in full view of my patient. I wonder if this is generational/experiential/company SOP, etc. and why so many EMT’s now choose to be out of view of their patients? Just a thought, I am sure you have your own feelings and experiences from Springfield, and maybe this will help break your block.”

Personally, my answer is simple, but it comes with an “*”.  Although I often tell people that I am only 5’9” the truth is I am actually 6’5”.  When I am working on a truck, they are 99%-100% of the time, van ambulances.  With my long gangly arms, I can reach everything in the truck from the comfort of the bench seat.  When I say everything, I pretty much mean everything.  Its freakish.  The only time you will find me in the airway seat is if I am (obviously) managing the patient’s airway, or if I am training, and my student is at the patient’s side.  Otherwise the bench seat is where I live.

As a matter of fact, if I even have to slide up to the end of the bench seat and out of their views, I excuse myself and let them know where I am going.

Although the place to be is in our patients’ view, interacting with them and being not only good clinicians but also good care givers, it seems like some people might occasionally need a reminder of where they should be.  So let’s answer Jon’s question: where do you sit?  Where should you sit?