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Interesting Facts About Paramedics, EMS Workers

If you are looking into becoming a paramedic, EMS worker, you may be interested to learn these interesting facts:

  • The origin of the word ambulance is from the early 19th century French words meaning 'mobile (horse-drawn) field hospital' - hôpital ambulant. Ambulant is a Latin term for 'walking'.*
  • Ambulances were first used for emergency transport in 1487 by the Spanish.
  • The Star of Life is the emergency care symbol that was created in 1973 after the Red Cross complained that the original emblem, the Omaha Orange Cross, was too similar to their logo.
  • The Star of Life was created by Leo R Schwartz, EMS Branch Chief at the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
  • The six points of the Star of Life star stand for the six tasks of EMS and rescuers: Detection, reporting, response, on scene care, care in transit, and transfer to definitive care.
  • The snake and staff in the center of the Star of Life logo may have both a Greek and biblical meanings in regards to healing.
  • A prayer exists for EMS professionals, which was written by L. Lipps -


An EMS Prayer

As I perform my duty Lord, whatever be the call,
Help to guide and keep me safe, from dangers big and small.

I want to serve and do my best, no matter what the scene,
I pledge to keep my skills refined, my judgment quick and keen.

This calling to give of myself, most do not understand,
But I stand ready all the time, to help my fellow man.

To have the chance to help a child, restore his laugh with glee,
A word of thanks I might not hear, but knowing is enough for me.

The praise of men is fine for some, but I feel truly blessed,
That you oh Lord have chosen me, to serve in EMS!

Would you like to learn more about training for paramedic, Emergency Medical Services professional? In EMS training, you could study such topics as how to assess patients, trauma emergencies, medical emergencies, pre-hospital care, and special operations. Learn more at HealthCareers.net today.

* http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/ambulance?region=us