In our first Medic Monday post, we would like to highlight Paramedic Samuel Frusti. Samuel wanted to work in EMS from an early age and has been living out that dream for the last 6 years.
What made you get into EMS?
Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to be an “ambulance driver.” I have a picture from my 5th birthday where I got an ambulance play set and I was happy as could be. Life took me on some detours but I stumbled into EMS about 6 years ago now and I have never looked back.
What has made you stay in EMS?
I have gotten bored in every job I ever worked besides EMS. I love coming to work, you never know what you are going to do on a given day, who you are going to help. And medicine is always changing and advancing. I love studying and bettering myself, and EMS provides a never ending series of challenges for me. That gets me excited.
What is your favorite part of your job?
Driving with lights and sirens. I don’t care who you are, it’s fun.
What are you excited for in the future of EMS?
EMS is rapidly advancing. We’ve implemented whole blood, instrument thoracostomy, and POC ultrasound is a work in progress. All these things will come together to realize my goal which is utilizing ECMO in the prehospital environment. If that can be successfully mastered it will buy time for our patients to be treated for reversible causes of out of hospital cardiac arrests (OOHCA), and that’s why we do this job, to save life.
Any advice you would give to someone just starting out or thinking of joining EMS?
Study and push yourself. Come into EMS with the intention of it being your career, not just a stepping stone to fire or nursing. We need people who are passionate about excellent prehospital medicine and passionate about caring for people.