We recently came across this video and story that we wanted to share with you. Now understand, like many other situations, we weren’t there and do not have “first hand” details-however – there is video and there is enough on this where a man (the “patient”) is now dead and the family has attorneys. That should always be of interest to us all.
A “BASIC” EMS RUN….But It Ended Horribly.
The is an EMS run where the patient was non-verbal and non-violent as you will see in the video. EMS was called to check the man out-nothing unusual about that. EMS was called because there was enough reason to be concerned about this guy-so someone on the scene decided to bring in a higher level of care. Good decision.
Listen to the discussion in the back of the ambulance with and among the EMS personnel.. While it would appear no one “meant” harm-there also appears to be a less than positive sense of “we are tired and you are wasting our time” with a demeanor of “hurry up” already vs. what could actually be wrong with the patient-(something is up-but do we judge or do we treat?) ….and simply transport him to a hospital, with an abundance of caution. Taking him to the hospital would eliminate any questions and would have brought him to the next higher level of care. And why not do that?
Not every “rescue” involves us rushing into a building or ripping a car apart. Sometimes time-managing time-and how we use it-saves the life.
Following this video, (as you will hear) the Police Officer dropped him off in an area and not long after, the guy was struck and killed by a vehicle.
It seems that if we simply treat patients with an abundance of compassion and time, every single time, as if they are our own kids, Mom, Dad etc-things would often turn out better for all concerned. We can do that. None of us would have dropped our own kids or family members off and left them. All of us would have liked “our own” treated better in the ambulance and taken to the hospital for an elevated level of professional care. It couldn’t hurt a thing and creates an opportunity for “better”…
There often seems to be a “rush” in getting certain types of calls over with. There’s usually no rush – especially when we look back and see the short and sure to be long term outcome of this incident now. How do you want your family members and loved ones treated? Just do that.
What’s the most “positive” we can do, with our available resources, to make this problem (a so-called exciting fire or a boring EMS run) better for those who need our help? A simple template. What’s the best we can do for them?
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