Talking People Out Of Going to the Hospital

I have been on several calls where people were playing Russian roulette. Usually, the people were young and drinking was involved. In Russian roulette, one bullet is loaded in chamber of a revolver and the cylinder is spun. If the cylinder has six...


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I have predominantly seen the trait of talking patients out of going to the hospital among senior paramedics. It appears as they advance in their career, they get tired of those who call for an ambulance without valid reasons. They question the use of such important and expensive resources for what they consider mild or less-than-severe conditions, especially when the patient could easily have been driven to the hospital by a family member. Most of these calls may be minor, but this thinking can begin to alter the judgment of the paramedic who is more concerned with getting back to the station. This lapse of judgment is dangerous.

If they want to go, take them

As I have always told paramedics, just transport patients to the hospital. After all, if you’re no longer on this call, there is a chance you may catch another call after you return from service anyway. Additionally, why would you want to jeopardize your license or career with a lawsuit if something goes wrong?

Bottom line – if someone wants to go to the hospital, just take them! Don’t play Russian roulette.