bloojoon (bloojoon) wrote in onlineambulance,

Saving Lives

My sister just texted me the following: If you weren’t on duty and there was an accident of some kind and someone was badly hurt, you’d still try to help that person, right? I only ask because there was this news story of a woman who died and there were two emts that stood by and basically just watched all that went on because they were on break.

My response: It’s easy to watch a news story and get taken in by the spin. I know this sounds outrageous, but this was not presented with the right perspective. People die. It just happens. The EMTs didn’t cause the accident; it’s not their fault she died. It’s not necessarily anyone’s fault. Would I have helped? Maybe. I don’t know the circumstances. To literally be standing in one’s uniform, taking a smoke break as a car crashes a foot to your left and ignore the injured inside seems completely unlikely. Is it possible they weren’t as close to the accident as the news claims? Yes. Is it possible they had no gloves, no gear and were afraid to be personally injured, diseased, or sued? Yes. Is it possible they could not access the patient? Yes. Is it possible they weren’t aware the patient was severely injured or expected the dispatched unit to respond quickly or were, in fact, requesting a unit on the radio as the patient died? Yes, yes, and yes. Are there innumerable other possibilities? Absolutely. I don’t know if they made the “right” choice or not; I don’t know if I would’ve made the same decision, but I do feel that they were perfectly within their rights. In any case, as the Beatles said, there’s no one you can save that can’t be saved.
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