On Monday, May 24, 2021, West Yellowstone Interagency Fire Center Smokejumper/Firefighter Tim Hart was working the Eicks Fire in New Mexico when he was injured in a hard landing while parachuting into the Eicks Fire. Unfortunately Tim died in the Line of Duty yesterday.
Tim had been flown via air ambulance to a hospital in El Paso, Texas where he has been treated for the last 11 days until his passing on Wednesday, June 2, 2021.
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STATE SUSPENDS 2 FIREFIGHTERS EMT LICENSE AFTER THE DEATH OF A PATIENT
The State of Rhode Island has suspended the Emergency Medical Technician Cardiac licenses of two Warwick Firefighters after a patient they declined to transport to the hospital later died.
The Firefighters had their EMT-C licenses “suspended until further notice,” according to a March 4 order signed by R.I. Department of Health Director Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott. The report said the firefighters’ behavior imperils “public health, safety, or welfare” and “imperatively requires emergency action.”
According to the suspension order, they responded to a 44-year-old Warwick resident’s home on Feb. 10. The firefighters checked the woman’s pulse and the report described her as “quiet/partially asleep.”
The firefighters were told that the woman – who the report identified as “Patient I” – had experienced a seizure with “subsequent breathing difficulty shortly before her sleep-like state.” The firefighters were urged by residents to transport her to a hospital, but “concluded there was no reason to do so,” according to the report.
“Respondent consulted with no other health care provider before coming to this conclusion. Instead, respondent surmised that Patient I was ‘not in acute distress’ and advised the concerned resident to follow up with Patient I’s primary care physician if trouble occurred.”
About 45 minutes later, the woman’s friend decided she needed to go to an emergency room and drove her to Kent Hospital. Doctors there determined she was experiencing an elevated heart rate known as tachycardia. “After various life-saving attempts, she died at 2:20 p.m.,” according to the report.
The state found three violations of Rhode Island Statewide EMS Protocols, including failure to transport a patient in cardiac arrest to the nearest hospital, failure to obtain vital signs of a patient, and failure to get a signature from the patient that they refused to be transported (which the report said was not possible because the patient in this case was in an unconscious or semi-conscious state). The report also said the firefighters’ actions resulted in four violations of EMS rules, including “gross negligence in providing medical care.”
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