Hi there! Welcome to the ParaIntensivist Podcast. This episode is here to lay down some ground rules.
Maybe you’ve Googled. Maybe you’ve searched. Maybe you’ve asked your friends. Scratched your butt a little. You know, researched. Couldn’t figure out what a paraintensivist is? I know why not.
Paraintensivist is a word that I made up. Got it? Good. Okay. Great.
So let’s define that term, shall we?
Para-: Kind of.
Intensivist: ICU doctor.
A paraintensivist is someone who operates in the world of intensive or critical care medicine, but is not a physician (or mid-level provider). That still leaves a lot of people out there–ICU nurses, flight nurses, respiratory therapists, EMTs, ICU techs, and, like me, critical care paramedics.
And that term is something you can own. I stake no claim to the Paraintensivist nomenclature. Much like the term resuscitationist, it’s yours to own. It doesn’t come with one title or one certification. It’s not exclusive to nurses, or to medics or RTs. So walk into a party and hold your head high, and when people ask you what you do, tell them you care for the sickest patients on the planet. Tell them you’re a paraintensivist. Be proud. Own it.
Sure, there are a million podcasts out there for ER and ICU docs. I can name a dozen great ones, like EmCrit, and Taming the SRU, and ERCast, and PEM-ED, and RAGE, and Life in the Fast Lane. Holy cow, you guys. There’s so much great stuff out there!
But not all of it is geared towards us, the grunts, the people actually getting our mitts dirty and get it done. So this podcast is for us, the how-tos, the tips-n-tricks. It’s also aimed at people who want to be us when they grow up, like EMTs who dream of flying, or CNAs who work part-time while they’re in school.
So this podcast is gonna have 4 different subsections to it, mostly because I like pigs. Ready? We’re going to have:
- The ParaIntensivist’s Guide to Pathophysiology (PIG-PP)
- The ParaIntensivist’s Guide to Intensive & Critical Care (PIG-icc, like what happens when a pig throws up).
- The ParaIntensivist’s Guide to EMS (PIG-ems)
- The ParaIntensivist’s Guide to Pediatrics (PIG-peds)
And the cool part? The cool part is that you got in on the ground floor! That means that the comments you leave here and now will shape this podcast going forward! You get to help pick the content, the topics, the format, everything! It’s all open to feedback and I’m excited to hear what you have to say!
So drop it all in the comments, people. Are you excited? Anxious? Love pigs? (Love bacon?) What do you want from this podcast going forward? What topics are you itching to learn more about and haven’t yet?