Patient Jumps From Moving FDNY Ambulance, Sues the EMTs

As an EMT or Paramedic, you are bound to come across a lot of difficult cases in your career, from pediatric traumas to uncooperative patients. All of these calls are difficult in their own way, but hopefully emergency medical providers always try their hardest to ensure the best possible outcome occurs.

We don’t live in a perfect world and the unexpected can happen. EMTs and Paramedics are in harms way on a significant portions of their call volume whether they recognize it or not. By the inherent nature of an emergency, the unpredictable can happen any second and it is the job of EMTs and Paramedics to protect themselves first and the patient second. The first thing you learn when in the academy or taking your EMT course is “BSI and scene safety,” without those, you are useless.

Since EMTs and Paramedics are not in law enforcement, they do not carry mace, batons, hand cuffs, a gun,  and many don’t even wear a vest. In other words, these men and women are completely exposed to the dangers of a call just like anyone else. Still, they are expected to rise above their fears and get the job done.


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