The people I work for don’t want me to tell you this, but…

This teenager blows his knee out stopping at 3rd base, an uncomplicated deceleration injury, but he seems more interested in watching his team play anyway.

For some reason, his mother calls 911.

“I just want to make sure he’s OK.”

I look at her quizzically, “OK? He’s not even paying attention to us.”

“The last time he hurt his knee, the ambulance told me that he’d be seen faster if we went with them.”

I can guarantee that no paramedic would ever say something stupid like that.

“Ma’am, from the guy who’s had 4 knee surgeries to the mother of someone’s who’s probably going to have knee surgery, you should take him to an orthopedic surgeon, not the emergency room.”

What’s crazy is that even in 2014, there are some back-ass-ward managers and local oversight agencies who still insist we take everyone to the ED.

6 thoughts on “The people I work for don’t want me to tell you this, but…”

  1. I had an interesting exchange on a non EMS forum with a guy who insisted that taking an ambulance would get you seen faster. I finally gave up and said, “Excuse me for interjecting facts based on my 3 decades of experience in EMS. Of course you are correct.”

    Sheesh.

  2. I never thought or heard about this thing before, that taking an ambulance would get you seen faster. Doctors always attend the patients first who are in critical condition not who are in ambulance just for minor injuries.

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