Removing the roof at all extrications?
Hey all, I was speaking to a senior guy on my squad, and he told me that Newark EMS/Rescue (I think that was the organization he mentioned) removes the roof on ALL extrications. the reasons were as follows:
1) if you are cutting the car, it's almost always totalled, so it's not like you are costing the patient more in repairs
2) it gives you a lot more room to work, from a patient care standpoint
3) you can remove the patient easier, because you don't have to worry about the roof, C or B posts
4) it allows you a much better view of the interior of the car (ie, what is trapping the patient).
anyone else have an opinion on this?