EMS: Do We Kill Our Patients?

W ar of the Worlds is a familiar novel that has been converted to films, radio dramas, a record album, comic book adaptations and a TV series. The last one I remember watching starred Tom Cruise as Ray Ferrier in 2005, as he and his family battled...


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So are we killing the patients we put into the back of our ambulances? I am sure there are some who contract some type of germ in the back of our ambulances. And if they’re immune system is compromised, it makes them even more susceptible.

A clean ambulance is necessary, but in my opinion is difficult to achieve unless you completely sterilize the vehicle. A variety of cleaning products are available. They can be as basic as soap and water all the way up to expensive cleaning products that are sold commercially. Even the highly expensive commercial products still come down to looking like a bleach product with water.

What truly must be spotlessly clean are materials used on a patient, such as a laryngoscope blade. Surface areas are also important, but anything that comes in contact with the patient should have specific attention.

Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it can’t kill you or your patient. Special attention to killing germs and proper cleaning will help prevent unnecessary deaths. n