A Seattle paramedic team, accompanied by two paramedic students, prepare to depart from Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after transporting a patient. Paramedics in King County only take patients suffering severe ailments to the hospital in order to preserve public resources. Patients who are stable are typically transported by private ambulance. Paramedics work closely with doctors during patient treatment. In the field, medics call doctors in the hospital to plan patient treatment. Aaron Hale/Staff

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A Seattle paramedic team, accompanied by two paramedic students, prepare to depart from Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after transporting a patient. Paramedics in King County only take patients suffering severe ailments to the hospital in order to preserve public resources. Patients who are stable are typically transported by private ambulance. Paramedics work closely with doctors during patient treatment. In the field, medics call doctors in the hospital to plan patient treatment. Aaron Hale/Staff

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