Being transported in an ambulance when wounded or ill can be stressful. Among the other life-saving procedures, EMTs try to calm the patient as much as they can.
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Watching someone dive off a cliff, professional daredevil or not, can make you queasy. Or terrified.
Now add in the fact that the equipment malfunctions.
Matthew Gough’s parachute opened backwards and got twisted and tangled. He smacked into the cliff wall, started tumbling, & hit the ground at 40 mph. He survived with only minor injuries.
MONOC recently released a PSA on the effectiveness of lights & sirens & how care is still needed to avoid collisions & injury. It turns out that lights & sirens are not nearly as effective in warning drivers & pedestrians as one might think. This means that the available response time is very small.
MONOC suggests care & vigilance even while driving with lights & sirens. As for speed & aggressive driving, they show how it may result in more patients than those in the back of the ambulance. They even go as far as to suggest regular driving without lights & sirens in certain select cases.
For references & a free copy, visit MONOC.org.