On yesterday’s FES Tidbits show I shared an incident that had occurred regarding the deliberation of a decision I was faced with as to whether or not to call 9-1-1 when it came to needing help getting my husband to the hospital to be checked for breathing difficulty due to worsening cold/flu symptoms.
Now before you go making judgement calls and saying I have no right to be calling 9-1-1 and “abusing the system” Let me first tell you that the choice did not come easily. I spent a fair amount of time wavering on whether or not to call. I wasn’t looking for a “free” ride, I was simply in a situation where my options were severely limited. You see, my husband is disabled and did not have the ability at that time to
Transfer into our truck either by himself or with my assistance (and I certainly couldn’t get him in there on my own).
This is a decision that I know I am not the only one to have faced. What do you do when the situation you are faced with falls in the middle of the proverbial ladder – Not the top (obvious need: respiratory/cardiac arrest or heart attack), but certainly not the bottom (calling for the sniffles or small cut)? I didn’t need full bore paramedic service (for lack of better way of putting it) with lights & sirens & whole shebang, but nor was it a “whenever you get around to getting here” situation. I am no expert, but something like a BLS response was what we needed. Something above a “wheelchair transport” (which we really don’t have a need for as we have our own vehicle) and “Basic First-Aid” response. I imagine a lot of calls could be responded to by (and handled) by EMT-Basic or Intermediate response. There isn’t always the need for ALS response with EMT-Advance and Paramedics.
Is the idea a perfect one? No! No doubt there are or would be bugs to be ironed out – but it’s an idea, a thought.
Join the 1-Union-801 show on Blog Talk Radio next Saturday as host John Broyles talks with Ralph Herrera (TC LifeSaver) about Mobile Integrated Health care/Community Paramedicine – I believe this is related (or similar) to the very concept I’m referring to).