This week as I was thinking about EMS and pop culture Icons like Johnny and Roy from Emergency, I began to wonder about other TV characters from the time who could’ve used a paramedic or two. Like Captain James Tiberius Kirk. What kind of paramedic would he have made?

“Never Say Die” Attitude Good for Paramedic

captain_kirkI think he might have made a pretty good one although he would have driven supervisors and medical directors crazy. Certainly we all need a little of Captain Kirk’s “never say die” attitude when it comes to managing our critical patients. You’d never see him approach a patient in cardiac arrest and lazily go through the motions “knowing” the guy most likely won’t survive. He rigged the famed Kobayashi Maru impossible test to be possible because he believed there was no such thing as a no-win situation.

That’s the kind of paramedic I want to be. Sure, he’d be the guy who steps outside of protocol anytime he needs to in order to save a patient’s life. But, he’d also be able to document and justify why he did it and with a positive outcome – his medical director would just have to shake her head and give him a slap on the wrist while saying, “Don’t do it again!”

Not a Boring Life for Captain Kirk’s Partner

Yep, I think Captain Kirk would’ve made a pretty good paramedic and being his partner would never have been boring, that’s for sure. What do you think? Can you think of another TV icon that would make a good paramedic? Let me know by leaving a comment below or shoot me an email to I look forward to hearing from you!

I’m Jamie Davis, the Podmedic. That’s this week’s weekly commentary here at the MedicCast. Stay tuned here at for all of the weekly commentary segments as well as the regular MedicCast episode studio video, don’t forget to thank our generous sponsors and please remember, people, Live Long and Prosper!

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