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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

An ambulance was stolen by a patient at Emory University Hospital, giving the paramedics still inside a wild ride. The ambulance crashed right through the wall of a chiropractor office. One of the paramedics is in the hospital. The suspect may have mental issues, & is behind bars facing kidnapping charges.

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Sources: EMS World, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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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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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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These firefighters responding to this horrible accident knew they had little time to treat & transport the patient, & There was no time to get a jack. So they tried the brute force approach. They lifted the car off the pinned cyclist themselves. Sometimes teamwork & a sense of urgency can do the job.

Thu Jan 05 09:12:13 PST 2012

Portland firefighters lift car off pinned bicyclist

Eight Portland firefighters lifted a 3,200-pound car off a fallen bicyclist who had gotten pinned underneath. View full article.

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DARPA’s Wound Stasis Program is developing a foam to increase survival rate of patients with internal hemorrhaging   » » » 
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