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A Russian Fireman climbing a ladder to save a child encounters a dangerous surprise.

Sources: BBC News UK, FlashoverTV

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HLN TV‘s What Would You Do series presents the following scenario: A passerby suddenly collapses in front of EMTs, but the emergency personnel do nothing to help. What should happen now? HLN had 2 actors pose as the off-duty EMTs, while a stunt professional acted out the stricken patient. The result is definitely encouraging.

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WDEF CBS Chattanooga, TN
Jan. 06, 2013. 11:03 PM EST

Local EMS crews say they’ve noticed a disturbing trend. When in an ambulance responding to an emergency, motorist do not yield the right-of-way. This can be a danger not only to the patient by delaying advanced treatment at the hospital, but to the EMTs in the ambulance as well.

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This video may be comically exaggerated, but I’m sure EMT’s everywhere have stories of patients who seriously injure themselves by doing stupid things. We certainly feel a great sense of empathy for the patient’s pain & responsibility to care for the patient in the best way possible. Having said that, we sometimes can’t help feeling frustrated when the injury was easily avoidable.  Feel free to elaborate in the comments on your own exasperation when the patient could’ve avoided injury with a little common sense.

I’ve known about this cute safety video for a little while now. However, I wasn’t sure if I should post it due to it’s dash of morbidity. Then I thought: why don’t you decide? Let me know what you think in the comments.

 

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