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The Call Of The Week


Not my call, but I heard about afterwards.

A unit was dispatched to an address for a serious burn call.

The comments in CAD were,

“Patient was smoking and dropped the cigarette down the hole for her Tracheostomy”.

That would in fact be a serious burn, but fortune was kind and the unit was cancelled.

Why were they cancelled?

“Caller states that patient coughed the cigarette back up and is OK now.”

Really folks, this is why I will never write a book. No one would believe I wasn’t making this shit up.

If the FDA could make a TV commercial with a person smoking through their tracheostomy hole (which I think they’ve done), then dropping the cigarette in the hole and COUGHING IT BACK UP, then the tobacco companies would be out of business in about a week.

My only question was if the “patient” finished the cigarette or lit up a new one?


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After a long career as a field EMS provider, I'm now doing all that back office stuff I used to laugh at. Life is full of ironies, isn't it? I still live in the Northeast corner of the United States, although I hope to change that to another part of the country more in tune with my values and beliefs. I still write about EMS, but I'm adding more and more non EMS subject matter. Thanks for visiting.


  1. No, they wouldn’t go out of business. The reasons are addiction to nicotine and a lack of surety about the outcome. If you smoke, there is no guarantee that you’ll end up breathing through a snorkel or carrying a tank along with you everywhere you go.

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