Code 3 for the fall.
“Elderly female fell in bathtub.”
“Now not breathing.”
We go in a neat apartment, make a few turns toward the back bathroom. I turn the corner into the bathroom and stop short. I stop the crew.
It’s a crime scene. The woman is in the tub and the tub is filled with water.
Later, I look at the call notes from the communications center, and the very first line – before “Elderly female fell in bathtub” and “Now not breathing” – said, “Possible drowning.”
Umm… I’m not one to run calls based solely on dispatch information, but, ahem, dispatcher person, did you not think that bit of description was at least semi-important? Did you not feel that there was a bit of a difference between just “not breathing in bathtub” and maybe a “drowning”?