I was going to write a post about the new bloggers I met at the NRA Meetings. Those would be new to me bloggers who I am adding to the blog roll. Then I clicked on an email from EMS1.com which had the following story.
Which included this quote,
“The back of an ambulance is an unsafe place. We’re driving high rates of speed through red lights and stop signs,” said Gibson. “Hopefully they stop and they should, but things happen and sometimes people don’t see us and we get hit.”
Here’s a better solution Mr. Gibson. Have your crews stop driving at high rates of speed through red lights and stop signs. Have them come to a complete stop at red lights and stop signs and then proceed with caution when it is safe to do so. The few seconds that doing this will add to every response are are going to be more than offset by the increased safety not only to your crews, but to the public in general and your patients.
Are you going to require your patients to wear helmets when the are in the back of the ambulance?
That’s a rhetorical question, I know the answer.
I’m not against EMS systems issuing helmets to their employees, not at all. In fact, it’s long overdue. What’s not overdue are stupid one size fits none policies about wearing a helmet all the time while working.
“It’s a professionalism too. We feel more professional, nice uniform, nice helmets,” Hargett said. “We feel more comfortable, more involved, more professional – like the police or the fire department.”
Professionalism? I think that most patients are going to snicker at a paramedic coming into their house wearing a helmet, not consider them professionals. While fire fighters wear helmets when indicated, they don’t (at least in my area) wear them on routine medical calls. The police have helmets, but they too don’t wear them except when circumstances dictate.
Oh, if Gibson is concerned about the safety of his crews, maybe he could buy ambulances with some space in the patient module instead of cramped flower delivery trucks with stretchers.
Ambulance officials said the use of helmets is a growing trend across the country.
While this may be true, that doesn’t mean that EMTs and medics are increasingly wearing them all the time while working. It just means that finally ambulance services that aren’t affiliated with fire departments are providing helmets for use when needed, not wearing all the time. Maybe Gibson just wants to make sure he gets his money’s worth out of the purchase.