A Paramedic's Story: Life, Death, and Everything in Between

A Paramedic's Story: Life, Death, and Everything in Between

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by Steven "Kelly" Grayson
     
 

Welcome to the life-and-death world of an EMT—sometimes bloody, sometimes even funny, but always compelling.

When someone dials 911, Emergency Medical Technician Kelly Grayson is there—to restart the heart that has stopped beating, deal with dangerously high blood alcohol levels, or pull a body from a mangled car wreck. As an EMT, Grayson sees people

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Welcome to the life-and-death world of an EMT—sometimes bloody, sometimes even funny, but always compelling.

When someone dials 911, Emergency Medical Technician Kelly Grayson is there—to restart the heart that has stopped beating, deal with dangerously high blood alcohol levels, or pull a body from a mangled car wreck. As an EMT, Grayson sees people at their best and worst, in situations that can be gruesome, moving, and heart-breaking. Regardless of the emergency, Grayson is the first line of defense, picking up the pieces and saving lives—or, sadly, watching them slip away.

A Paramedic's Story is bursting with stories that run the gamut from lighthearted to heart-wrenching. With his brutally candid style, Grayson gives readers his special insight into the human condition, and shows us what it feels like to hold lives in his hands every day.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781607146575
Publisher:
Kaplan Publishing
Publication date:
03/02/2010
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Steven “Kelly” Grayson, CCEMT-P, is a critical care paramedic and EMS instructor from Monroe, La. He has extensive experience in EMS education and was the president of the Louisiana EMS Instructor Society and a board member of the Louisiana Association of Nationally Registered EMTs. He operates the EMS training and consulting firm MEDIC Training Solutions.

Kelly also writes a monthly column for EMS1.com entitled The Ambulance Driver’s Perspective. He is a frequent lecturer at EMS conferences around the country, and is known for his engaging, humorous and often inspirational presentations. Kelly is single and currently lives in Kinder, Louisiana. He enjoys hunting and the shooting sports, and spending time on the water with his daughter. When he is not teaching, Kelly prowls the streets in search of little old ladies who have fallen and can't get up.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Paramedics Story: Life, Death, and Everything in Between by Steven Grayson is a compelling story of his life experiences as a paramedic, and how he handles emergency calls. The story covers his life from when he first starts being an EMT, all the way through to when he has become quite successful in his field. The book manly discusses how Kelly (Steven’s middle name) handles the patients at the scene, and on the way to the hospitals. I liked the humor of the book, I found myself laughing at the end of the chapters on numerous occasions. The tone of the book is cocky, and comedic, and the author presents the information is a clear context. I disliked how the book focused so much on talking about exactly what medical techniques he was using to save the patients, because at times it became a little confusing to follow. The major themes in this book are excessive pride, and tragedy. Excessive pride is a dominant theme because Kelly finds himself, on many occasions getting in fights with ER doctors about if what he was doing was appropriate, or within his limits as a paramedic. Also, Kelly finds he intimidates many of the nurses, and other paramedics with his cocky attitude, and even gets sent to different hospitals because of this. Tragedy is a prominent theme simply because as a paramedic one sees things that others can’t fathom; Kelly’s attitude toward these tragedies changes as the book progresses. From this book I learned that paramedics really do most of the dirty, and brutal work on their patients, and the doctors are more focused on finding the underlying problem with the patient. The paramedics must stabilize the victim enough to ensure he/she/they will make the journey to the hospital, which gives them a lot of authority to administer drugs, and perform other medical practices that I was not aware they had the permission to do. Overall, I felt this way a great read, the book lured me in, and made me laugh several times!
--tricia-- More than 1 year ago
I think everyone would enjoy this book! Would definitely recommend to everyone, medical field or not! But what people have to realize is EMTs have to have a sick sense of humor to begin with walking into this profession. It is not because we don't have a heart or any feelings, but because we wouldn't be able to last being an EMT if we sat there and cried about it. We encouter the bad, cardiac arrest, and good, child birth. We do what we do not because of the pay (it is not much believe me), but because we want to help patients in their time of need. High priority or not! So after reading this book, which I highly recommend, don't think of us as heartless because believe me, our patients impact our life one way or another. Every EMT would be able to tell you about their first CPR call or their first encouter with a sick child. We have feelings too, just a different way of showing them!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is truely inspiring! I will be starting my EMT class in a couple of weeks and reading this book gives me conformation this is the career I want to be in. Helping people!
RockyD More than 1 year ago
As a 911 EMT I certainly related to many of the stories in this book. It's all here... laughter, tears, the good calls the bad calls anyone in public safety will relate to the stories Kelly Grayson tells with humor, wit, honesty and style because we have lived them. But what about the rest of the world? Why would someone outside of "the job" want to read this? Because you're in here too. You're the patients, the families, the friends and the very grounding factor in the lives of first responders, "Ambulance Drivers", EMT's and Paramedics et al. It's a great read and I enjoyed it immensely because it's not just a collection of war stories; it's about the human condition and all of the emotions and trials that combine to make common experience an uncommon thing. See the world through Kelly's rose colored emergency lights, see EMS for what it really is and see who we (and you) really are.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Got it for Christmas last year and couldn't put it down until I had read it twice. Now I'm getting copies for coworkers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I want to become a paramedic wen i get older my mom says its not worth the pay but its worth the job,my moms a rehab tech at the hosptial so shes the one that inspired me to think about working in the hosptial busniess and as a paramedic it takes a lot of gut to become o you cant freak out when you see blood i think this is an amazing book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting stories very well told.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
if you are EMS or FF or know anyone who is this book is for you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book ! Working in a hospital around nurses and medics not to mention being married to one I Know exactly where the author was coming from with many of his stories. This book makes you wamt to laugh and cry, but most of all it makes you see from the medics side just how hard it can be to do that kind of job without all the glorification of a RN or MD.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I' ve long retired from my days as a paramedic... But throughly enjoyed ready Kelly Grayson's account of calls he has gone on. He uses a lot of medical terms but if this kind of book interests you.... please read! He tells it like it is. He sometimes seems arrogent but he is just making observations of people around him. We don't do this job to be plastered on the front page of the paper as heroes; we do it because we truly do care! Sometimes it seems the author doesn't care or he makes a sick joke or comment, but believe me, it's so the paramedic can get through the tough scene before him. I know... Read the whole book... see what paramedics and EMTs face when doing their job. If you get part way through the book and think this author is sick or doesn't care.... Then read the last chapter. That chapter will set you staight. We, the paramedics, EMTs, ER staff, we do care and we all have THAT call that still haunts us... They truly care and that's why they do the job. It's a great read and hard to put down. THANK YOU, KELLY ( and all paramedics and EMTs) for being there for us!
TallPenguin More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this first-person account of life as a paramedic. I work as a critical care nurse at a major university medical center, and I identified strongly with many of the situations Kelly found himself in. I would highly recommend this book to a friend (and have). Quite honestly, I often found myself not wanting to put this book down; a sure sign that the author is good at his/her craft.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was an amazing. It captures the reader through multiple short stories adding up to Kelly Grayson life experiences as a paramedic. There are many themes within these short tales but humility reoccurs over and over again. EMTs and Paramedics must know the difference between confidence and cockiness in order to be able to maintain their position. Along with the idea that judgment and experience go hand in hand in the field because good judgment comes from experience and experience comes from bad judgment.  I really enjoyed Grayson’s writing style, it is captivating, entertaining and leaves you wanting more. The italized thoughts of Grayson were interesting; it was nice to get inside the head of a paramedic during a call. I enjoyed each chapter thoroughly each one was very easy to read and was written so well that they went quickly. I wish they were a little longer, I feel like they could have been more meaty. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone and everyone whether they are in the medical field or not. If someone is interested in pursuing this career this is an excellent book to read, very educational. It’s also good for anyone who is in need of a good read; it is extremely easy to read and is pretty humorous. This is one of the best nonfiction novels I’ve ever read in my life. 
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Pretty good book but i realy dont think somebody could do good on every call.
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Interesting stories!!!!
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I thought the author was honest and informative. Memorable stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I havent read all of it yet cause i read the sample book but so far it is a good book, and holareious to
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