The relationship between paramedics and the staff in the emergency room is critical in making sure patients get the best care in a life and death situation. The job of a paramedic and an emergency room doctor go hand in hand. “They're basically the eyes of the emergency room, out in the field, so once they get there, basically they're starting to do what is going to be continued here in the hospital,” says Dr. Luis Pellicia, the Medical Director of the E.R. at Laredo Medical Center. When a paramedic gets the call and arrives on scene, they first must know what type of illness or injury they're dealing with. “We assess the situation, what we have going on so we can dictate our treatment from there,” says paramedic Luis Munoz. Eloy Vega, with the Laredo Fire Department says, “being that we're in the business that we are to expect the unexpected. They're prepared for just about anything and everything that you can possibly imagine.” Once the patient is on the way to the hospital, communication is the key to making sure the staff in the E.R. is ready. “You want the hospital to be prepared with proper staff and proper equipment when we get there to the hospital,” says Nicolas Gutierrez. “If it's something major like a multiple causality accident, we actually get called from the scene so we start getting prepared to know how many people are we getting, what type of injuries are we getting and that provides us the opportunity to have all our teams ready by the time the person comes through the door.” Doctor Pellicia says it's that information from out in the field that helps the staff in the E.R. save so many lives. “It’s extremely important for us cause once they come here they're the ones that are our eyes out there in the field.” Vega says a strong relationship and open communication are something both paramedics and the E.R. staff strive for. “That relationship has grown and become more solid not only in the ER but working with different projects whether it's training projects or disaster preparedness training, the levels of communication have become much more solid, the relationships have become much more solid, and that only benefits the patient, that only befits the community.” Later on this month, is National EMS Week, a time to thank all paramedics and E.R. staff for the job they do.