That’s crazy

A few years back I was handed a statistical summary of all the calls I went to for the entire calendar year. Our agency had been collecting statistics for some time and after each call we’d fill out a Scantron covering all the main details of the call. I dutifully filled out those forms as accurately as I could since I was interested in the statistics concerning my work.

So, that year, out of more than 1400 EMS calls where I made it to the scene, the primary impression that I marked most frequently was behavioral/psychiatric. Yes, behavioral/psychiatric, at 12%, ahead of respiratory distress, at 11%. I always knew we went to a lot of psych calls but I didn’t really expect for them to be the most common category of calls.

We are a region of misbehaving crazy people.

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