Sunday, June 8, 2008

The American Health Care System Revisited...

... 1407, dispatched for a cardiac arrest- about two blocks from the scene we spotted the local police (and their AED) parked up a side street- waiting for us to turn the corner and then, on come the red lights, the siren and the "You guys alright here?"... Yup, take off, don't need you. Some of those guys are more useless than the volunteer EMT's on our Citizens Advisory Board- stay out of the way... Oops, Dispatch- get the PD back, Pedro's callin' the arrest and we need the coppers to babysit the body...
... Later that shift we stopped for food, the local Veterans Group had a booth set up outside- they're taking donations for one of the younger members, Iraq vet with uncovered medical bills and procedures that still need to be done- and they're selling tickets to the obligatory Oldies Dance/ Spaghetti Dinner- eat up folks, Danny Boy needs a new kidney and gots no insurance...
1722, MVC- about six people involved from two cars- all the folks from one car stood around holding their necks, while everyone from the other car cried, I mean really sobbed... No one hurt...
1901, called for a guy having an asthma attack- works a forty hour week at the local Garden Center- no insurance. Usually shares an inhaler with his girlfriends Mom- and I guess it was her turn to have it today... gave him a breathing treatment and got him to the ER...
... not much to say about the rest of the shift- an intox, a guy in jeans and a flannel shirt who thought he was going to pass out- hey dude- it's 92 degrees out, skip the layers today...

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