Can I Trust You?


Picture yourself standing in the ICU. You’re waiting for the nursing staff to finish consulting the doctor prior to transport. While you’re waiting in the room the patient’s loved one looks at you dead in the eye and asks “Can I trust you?” It’s a simple answer right? The typical paramedic would say “yes” without hesitation.

The use of the word “trust” in this case. What was the real meaning behind it. Was the family member referring to whether or not I’m going to do what best for the patient. Yes you can trust me. Does the word “trust” in this case pertain to whether or not the patent will still be alive when we arrive at the receiving facility? If that’s the case, I hope to carry that trust, but the realistic side tells me there is always a chance to lose that “trust” enroute.

Role To Place Burden

As I reflect on this interaction, in the end it’s simple. The family member just wanted reassurance. The question initially took me off guard. It was just a family member seeking to remove their burden and be able to place it in a safe place. Which pretty much sums up our role as first responders.

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