NYS EMS: Ain’t no superheroes

February 26, 2012

Ain’t no superheroes

By CHELLE CORDERO
1st Responder Network

Admit it, we have a tendency to think of ourselves as invincible superheroes. Often we find our Kryptonite in the form of an icy driveway, a broken stair, a missing banister, an unlit entrance. Slips and falls prove we aren’t quite so invincible after all. Even superheroes can get hurt

According to U.S. Fire Administration statistics (1990-94) “The leading number of fire fighter and emergency medical technician (EMT) injuries (39.7%) are due to strains, sprains, and muscular pain from overexertion or falls.” E.M.T.’s and Paramedics have to render care to patients at the site of an emergency and often this involves high-risk surfaces and hazardous environmental conditions.  (Read More…)

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