Posted by: medicblog999 | September 21, 2009

How many patients????

Antony%20Gormley%20FieldI wonder how many patients I have looked after in my time in the service??

This calls for some maths:

9 Years and 10 months service…..9 weeks holiday per year, which leaves 43 weeks work per year. This gives me approximately 21 weeks of 3 x 12 hour shifts (63 shifts) and 22 weeks of 4 x 12 hours shifts (88 shifts). Therefore, on average I work 151 shifts per year (without overtime).

Now on average, I will attend about 6 – 12 jobs per day, but we will be conservative and go with 8.

So 151 x 8 = 1,208 jobs per year. Multiply that by 9 years = 10,872 jobs in 9 years.

Add on the 9 months for this year (906). Gives a grand total of 11,778 call outs!

Now granted, I will have been stood down from some of them. Some of them will be repeated calls for the same patients, but which ever way you look at it, I have been lucky enough to care for a hell of a lot of people!

The real question though is what percentage of those calls actually required and ambulance?

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Responses

  1. 9 weeks of paid vacation a year!?! 12 hour shifts!?!

    Holy Crap! I work 80-100 hours a week and have NO PAID VACATION!

    (unintelligible grumbling) I love my job I love my job I love my job I love my job….

  2. That was one of the culture shocks when I moved to the States from Ireland. I got 3 days vacation my first year here ! I had 40 something days PAID vacation at home plus the sick leave.
    I think it’s one of the reasons Americans suffer from burnout, especially in this profession.
    DaveO

  3. Don’t ask yourself how many actually needed an ambulance, it will only hurt your head.


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