Insights from Brittney Conarroe

Submitted 2022-10-31

In society on average, a person might need to seek emergency medical care once to a few times in their lifetime. My perspective as a health care assistant with 7 years of experience in the hospital setting, I have a front-row seat to the importance of emergency medical care in your local community. Emergency medical care and basic life support are critical skills for health care professionals that can be a topic that is over-talked about and not enough physically done in the matter. As a health care assistant, I believe having as much training around CPR, and basic life support, and I call it “hospital common sense” should be a skill every health care provider needs no matter the facility you work in. My opinion on the matter is based on the phrase “anything can happen” and for every health care provider to store this in the back of their head at all times.

As a health care assistant in the operating room, I have many tasks I have to complete that are delegated to me, sometimes they are added on the fly. If I am asked to porter a patient to the other side of the hospital I need to be prepared if this goes south what I will do to ensure the patient is safe at all times. Being prepared for different situations, especially emergent ones can be done by adding to your education by taking some extra classes on CPR or asking your educator for more information on the topic so you can be more prepared. In the hospital, patients are vulnerable and put their trust in you that you can take care of them when they need it the most. They put this trust in you to take care of them and we have to respond to that honor by knowing basic life support and emergency medical care, in case of an emergent situation we can help them in any way possible. Staying on top of your basic life support is crucial, renew the course when it is expired and learn new techniques with modernized devices to support your patient when they are in need. Having the attitude that “anything could happen” can prepare you to help save someone’s life by being prepared and having the knowledge necessary in a cardiac arrest situation.

Upgrading and renewing your education around BLS and emergency medical care is the first step in caring for the patients you come in contact with. They teach everyone the “caring way” and “caring attitudes” in every program related to healthcare. However, staying on track with live-saving techniques, in my opinion, is the most important aspect of caring. Taking a BLS training class for health care providers covers abilities in CPR and other basic life support skills, whether needed in the hospital setting, Long-term care, or on the side of the street. Taking a BLS course trains the participant to be ready for life-threatening emergencies and to be able to complete high-quality chest compressions, knowing when to rotate between partners, deliver appropriate ventilations, and when to provide the use of an AED.

Working as an HCA in the hospital setting, I am prepared for any situation that is thrown at me whether it is a cardiac arrest, choking event, fall risk, or any life saving event. I renew my certificates around BLS and first aid when appropriate and increase my knowledge around advanced emergency response situations. The chance of a patient’s survival rate decreases if any steps in the life-saving situation are missed or done poorly, and this is why every health care provider no matter what facility you work in needs to be completed and up to date.