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Paramédico

Es around the world From England to Mexico and Iceland to Pakistan Gilmour takes us on an extraordinary thrill ride with his wild c I am not going to lie I had really high hopes for this book as it has been touted to me as the best paramedic related novel you ll read and I m sure for many people that is the case Unfortunately I don t share the same opinionThe writing style isn t exactly flowing and I find that makes it hard to immerse yourself in the situation the author is describing It is interesting enough to be read once but probably never again and I would not recommend it to my friends I am an operational paramedic working in rural Australia and I found the comparison between countries and their respective Ambulance Services interesting if not a little confronting If anything this book will make you grateful that you live in a country with appropriately government funded pre hospital health care if you happen to be lucky enough to do so The documentary that ties to the book but has no actual tangible connections to it is interesting enough but again watch it once and be confronted how it is in other countries and then probably never watch it again

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Oworkers Along the way he learns a few things too and shows us not only how precious life truly is but how to passionately embrace When disaster strikes we all assume the emergency services will be there to help But standards and services offered vary from country to country Australian paramedic Benjamin Gilmour has spent 15 years travelling the world and working alongside ambulance teams learning how they cope with dangerous conditions and minimal budgets From his humble beginnings in the Australian outback to negotiating the staff sauna in Iceland via one or two drunken incidents Param dico is a selection of tales from his travelsAlthough there are a few amusing anecdotes it s not really a personal memoir but of a look at ambulance services around the world that Benjamin has spent time with There are a couple of moments where he treads a fine line between objective and judgemental but I don t think this is intentional It s just that maybe I was expecting of a compassionate tone Overall it s a fascinating book and incredibly enlightening readingWe take it for granted that we can phone an emergency number and a paramedic will arrive and look after you administering pre hospital care and delivering you safely to doctors The NHS might have its problems but overall it is an amazing service Reading Param dico really highlights how good we ve got here in Britain Benjamin didn t get a chance to work with London s finest and instead spends time with a private company whose service was unprofessionalThe large section of the book is devoted to his time in Pakistan where he spent time with both a government funded service and that founded by Abdul Sattar Edhi considered a hero to the poor Whilst interesting I did feel this section was a little overlong and unstructured Oddly enough the better stories were in the second half Iceland Venice Hawaii and Mexico His Icelandic colleagues might not have a lot of action but Benjamin is concerned by the daily 5 o clock sauna that he would really rather avoid In Venice the ambulances come by water but have to negotiate hide tides gondoliers and impossible to navigate city streets And the struggling service in Mexico might just put you off heading there on holiday

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Paramédico is a brilliant collection of adventures by Australian paramedic Benjamin Gilmour as he works and volunteers on ambulanc It s funny how clueless we can be when it comes to the way other countries do things that we in the first world take for granted I thought all ambulance services were basically the same with only tiny differences between adoption of new drugs or new techniues perhaps a doctor on this one but not on that one But I guarantee I will never see ambulances used to transport live goats and butchered meat to the poor in Australia like they do in Pakistan home to the world s largest private ambulance serviceTime and time again my eyes were opened reading Paramedico From South Africa where anything but a five minute scene time is a fail no matter what the injury and closely monitored by stony faced supervisors with stopwatches to Macedonia where an elderly dehydrated and weak patient can be left at home on a drip with instructions on how to remove his own cannula to Mexico where an elderly patient can break every bone in her body after being hit by a high speed car but gets no pain relief but does get a ride to hospital filled with delays and jarring bumpsAmbulance drivers in London who spend their work days transporting wealthy people to doctor s appointments Venetian paramedics who can t give CPR because it just doesn t work on a little boat A Pakistani ED that miraculously clears in only a few hours after nineteen dead and fifty injured in a gruesome suicide bomb attackAnd the different work ethics Honestly they re like something from a grim dark comedy drinking strong spirits on the job strapping a colleague to a stretcher and dousing her in cold water for her birthday jumping on each other in a huge pile or selling gory photos to journalists at the same time as some working 48 hour shifts or dealing with ten or twenty gunshot murders in a shift That s TEN or TWENTY Gunshot murders Per shiftEuipment is hard to come by in many countries some crews have to carefully ration their disposable latex gloves many don t have drugs not even the drugs that revert a cardiac arrestBut perhaps my favourite eye opener was how various control centres around the world treat their patients In Macedonia call takers abuse callers for not being sick or injured enough and slam the phones down In Pakistan numbers are barred after a hoax call A world away from the every caller wins an ambulance of AustraliaIf you like having your eyes opened if you like learning about how tough others have it without actually having to experience it then this is a must read The only bad thing I have to say is that the section on Pakistan went on for too long but there was an awful lot to tell there so I get how that can happen


About the Author: Benjamin Gilmour

Benjamin Gilmour was born in Germany in 1975 but has lived most of his life in Australia where he works as an ambulance paramedic filmmaker and writer His first book Warrior Poets – Guns Movie making and the Wild West of Pakistan was published in 2008 based on his experiences directing the award winning feature film Son of a Lion



10 thoughts on “Paramédico

  1. says:

    decided to come out of my reviewing hiatus for this onehaving been a paramedic in a busy system for many years i can say that i am usually not a fan of ems related books largely because they either overdo the dramatic aspects to the point it becomes unrealistic or they have to explain so many things to the layperson that someone who already knows the job has a lot to skip through before getting to the good st

  2. says:

    It's funny how clueless we can be when it comes to the way other countries do things that we in the first world take for gra

  3. says:

    An interesting and at times affecting read about pre hospital care across continents but it carries the vibe of a Contiki coach tour – by the time Gilmour scraped the surface of a culture or country we were carted off to the next

  4. says:

    I had the pleasure of meeting Benjamin Gilmour although briefly at a booth at the EMS World Expo 2013 in Las Vegas I bought his book and he signed it for me Sadly I did not get to attend the viewing of his film Paramedico that was also shown one evening during this conference I will purchase it online soonTold in non linear multiple

  5. says:

    I am not going to lie I had really high hopes for this book as it has been touted to me as the best paramedic related novel you'll read and I'm sure for many people that is the case Unfortunately I don't share the same opinionThe writing style isn't exactly flowing and I find that makes it hard to immerse yourself in the

  6. says:

    A must read for anyone in emergency medicineWhat a great well written book about the life and times of ems around the world Everyone

  7. says:

    So enjoyed reading Benjamin’s ad

  8. says:

    When disaster strikes we all assume the emergency services will be there to help But standards and services offered vary from country to country Australian paramedic Benjamin Gilmour has spent 15 years travelling the world and working alongside ambulance teams learning how they cope with dangerous conditions and minimal budgets From his humble beginnings in the Australian outback to negotiating the staff sauna in Icel

  9. says:

    If you think you know what paramedics do read this book The author has worked as a paramedic in varios countries including Mongolia Mexico ItalyVenice and teaches you things about how medical care is viewed from

  10. says:

    Even though I am not in the field of EMS I enjoyed this book It was funny and interesting at the same time Just enough laughs to balance out the truly outrageous conditions that paramedics around the world work in There is also a short film that was great too

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