Mike, 37, has been a Paramedic for 15 years and describes how attending our QELCA (Quality End of Life Care for All) course changed his approach when supporting people at end of life.
“Everyone’s got a story when it comes to end of life – whether as a paramedic or to do with their family. As soon as I heard about the QELCA course I knew it was something I had to do.
Sometimes the best thing is to allow a patient to have a good death
For a paramedic, it’s quite unnatural not to pick someone up and take them to hospital. We’ve been doing that for so long and it’s not necessarily the best thing for the patient. For me, as soon as I get to a patient whose actively dying or has a palliative condition, the course is always in the front of my mind. It’s not always about taking the patient to hospital and sometimes the best thing is to allow them to have a good death.
That might mean being at home with their family as pain-free and comfortable as possible.”