Scores of small students from the Brighton Head-Start Program got to meet Pete, the kid-sized Platte Valley Ambulance last week. They learned how to avoid injuries and illnesses, to wear safety restraints in their families’ cars, and not to be afraid of really big medics wearing uniforms (like Mark Smith, pictured here).
Chief Paramedic Carl Craigle (aka the Devious One) hid behind the darkened windows of a real ambulance and controlled Pete’s movements and conversation. On their way back to classes, more than one of the munchkins gave Pete a hug and said, “I love you, Pete!”
Lidia Puga, PVMC’s language interpreter, has been good enough to arrange field access by medics to Telelanguage, the hospital’s language translation service.
Lidia arranged for Nextel access to the same interpreters used by hospital caregivers. We plan to put the crews’ Nextels in voice mode within earshot of the patient, then facilitate a three-way conversation between the patient, the operator and ourselves.