Have you ever wondered why it looks like paramedics are headed to a leisurely Sunday brunch when they’re walking a stretcher toward someone in an emergency situation?
Well, there’s a reason behind their calm demeanor, so stop your judging, okay? Remember that these men and women are trained professionals.
There are three main reasons why paramedics walk, and don’t run, to emergency patients. The first is pretty obvious: running is risky. If a paramedic falls on the way to attend to a patient, now that’s another person who needs help. Duh. The second reason is that if a paramedic runs, they might miss potential hazards on the way in. Remember that they would hypothetically be running blind into a situation – if they move too quickly, they won’t be able to properly assess any danger to them.
The third main reason is paramedics need to be the calmest and most composed people on the scene. Rushing or running into a situation sets a tone for patients and others on the scene that doesn’t exactly scream composure. If a paramedic enters a scene frazzled, short of breath, or noticeably excited, it adds stress to an already stressful situation. And one more thing: remember that they’re carrying a lot of heavy, very expensive equipment.
The more you know!
h/t: Mental Floss