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Rescue 471: A Paramedic's Stories

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In taut, thrilling prose, Peter Canning has written a book that captures the rarely seen real world of emergency medicine. A seasoned paramedic who fights under enormous pressure to save lives, Canning trains new paramedics for the rigors of a nonstop, action-packed battle. From a four-month-old baby who has stopped breathing to a sixty-seven-year-
Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 4th 2000 by Ballantine Books
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Aug 14, 2015 Ellen rated it it was amazing
This was a quick and enjoyable read that touched a personal note for me, since the author works in my home country of Hartford. This book just showcased some of the worst things about a city so close to my town: the drugs, gangs, violence, poverty obesity, child abuse. I know many other places see these things too, but it seems in CT these things are sadly so common that the problems go ignored. the stories in this book show this; a drunk/heroin addict that goes to the hospital go detox every da ...more
Jan 15, 2016 SouthWestZippy rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
A collection of short stories about what it is like to be a Paramedic. Peter Canning tells about the calls and what he is thinking and what is going on with the patient. They are raw, sad and sometimes gross stories. Very few of them has a follow up on what happen to the patient after they are dropped off at the hospital. I would have liked the rest of he story but it is written about Paramedic and the ambulance ride and not what happen after. I am a little disappointed but understand so I will ...more
Jun 01, 2011 Chris rated it liked it
I always enjoy reading EMS-type stories, and this time was no different. I have read both of Peter Canning's books and I found them both an enjoyable read. I feel like his perspective is akin to my own, as he left a career in public policy to become a paramedic, while I also work in public policy and moonlight as an EMT. Essentially a collection of essays compiled into a book, it's not really a narrative so much as a work intended to convey the realities of what faces the modern EMS system. Occa ...more
Jul 10, 2013 Karen rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir
Having worked in medical settings during my career as a cardiovascular tech and working with first responders, nurses and doctors on scene and in the hospital, the actions and responses are spot on. I particularly like Mr. Canning's description and discussion of burnout and how he returns to find that he is doing what he's meant to do and how much he loves his job. Patient care and putting the safety of the patient first is the one thing that keeps people in these jobs, definitely not the pay an ...more
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Apr 10, 2012 Beth Cato rated it it was amazing
I purchased this for the purpose of researching paramedics for my forthcoming novel. The reviews on Amazon were quite good, and I can see why - this is a fast read, filled with information and action. The author writes of his experiences as a paramedic in Hartford, Connecticutt. It's not glorifying, either. He gets all matter of fluid spewed on him, he's cussed out, and goes through a period of severe burn-out. Most EMTs are young, in part because they burn-out within a few years. There is medic ...more
Mar 01, 2015 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was FANTASTIC. It made me laugh and it made me want to cry. Unbelievably accurate account of what it's like to work in EMS.
Jun 11, 2015 Katelynne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good book, love the short parts. Like how it gives some explanation of terms for those not even close in the field. Cool
I like this book. It's an easy read and has a fast pace, but really, it's depressing. Half the book is expressing the authors displeasure with the system and how badly they are treated by the powers that be. Sure, he comes around full circle and explains how much he loves his job, but it still brings you down. The flaw here is it's too realistic, talking about burn-out and children dying. Again, I DO like this book, but don't read it expecting a pick-me-up.
May 12, 2009 Justin rated it it was amazing
A sequel to Peter's Paramedic book. This one was another fantastic book, covered alot of the use and abuse of the Hartford EMS system. Showed alot of insight on what they do in the ambulances and all of the calls they run. Was very interesting and HILARIOUS at times! I recommend you get this book, also Peter keeps an updated blog if you're interested
Jan 08, 2010 Abby rated it it was amazing
Wow! Great follow up to his first book. Has story after story of his calls, those he works with, and the fight for EMS funding and staffing. However, the best part is his description of how he veers from burning out by rediscovering his love of the job and his passion for helping people. Highly recommended.
Dec 30, 2011 Sara rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: first responders
Shelves: medicine, true-story
Loved the stories of life as a paramedic. As a volunteer EMT, I found them to be very accurate. he also spent a lot of time on the emotional issues of guilt and burnout that so many (all?) of us face dealing with this kind of work day in day out for years. Some gore, but not as bad as an EMT textbook!
Jun 30, 2008 Brian rated it liked it
This is the sequel to the other book by Peter Canning, "Paramedic". I found this book to be better than his original. Again, an excellent book to read for the budding EMT or Paramedic.
Jul 08, 2013 Tena rated it it was amazing
Great book!! Peter Canning infuses a sense of humor into his books while keeping it real. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll grit your teeth with anger- but above all you'll enjoy the read!!
Jun 23, 2007 Cathal rated it really liked it
This is what it's like to work on an ambulance. We're EMTs and medics, not ambulance drivers. This book is perfect.
Mike Cyra
Jan 05, 2013 Mike Cyra rated it really liked it
Shelves: ems-authors
Great read for insights into the world of Emergency Medical Services.Experienced paramedic and writer.
Dec 02, 2008 Jeff rated it really liked it
Great story of a person that finds what he loves by just a sudden chance glance out the window.
Dec 13, 2010 Jean added it
A follow-up to "Paramedic: On the Front Lines of Medicine" by Peter Canning.
Oct 14, 2013 Gina rated it it was amazing
So interesting! Made me want to be a paramedic.
Jennifer Dumont
Aug 21, 2013 Jennifer Dumont rated it it was amazing
Great book by a great man and mentor
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