Patient Privacy Revisited

Paparazzi controlled in second Spears transport

 

 
 
 

A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P, Editor-in-Chief, JEMS | | Friday, January 4, 2008


JEMS.com Editor_s Note: Just a month afterA.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P, Editor-in-Chief, JEMS, wrote an article about patient privacy sparked by the difficult transport of a famous singer inLos Angeles, the singer was transported again. This new incident shows exceptional control by all the emergency agencies involved. Law enforcement clearly establishes a no-access zone, allowing the emergency crews to protect the privacy of their patient and work unimpeded by the press. These high-profile cases exhibit the type of pre-planning that should occur and be implemented with not just high-profiled patients but also high-profile events, such as special events, MCIs and structure fires, where the uninvolved public and the media can converge en masse and disrupt operations and the privacy of patients.Click here for a video of the newest transport.

Britney Spears was treated and transported byLos AngelesCity paramedics around 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3,after officers had found her under the influence of an unknown substance when they responded to a reported child custody dispute. Spears was involved in a stand-off with ex-husband Kevin Federline's bodyguard, who had attempted to retrieve her two children Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1. Celebrity news websites USmagazine.com, CelebTV and TMZ.com reported that the drama began when Spears failed to hand her two children over as arranged under a court-ordered custody agreement with Federline. The ambulance arrived on scene shortly after, and the two children were turned over to Federline after police reviewed court documents.

Video footage and pictures of the incident shown on celebrity news Web sites showed a smiling Spears and paramedics attempting to shield her from the paparazzi that followed the ambulance to a nearby hospital.

View the swarm of paparazzi that LA City paramedics and firefighters had to contend with on scene, en route to the hospital and on arrival at the emergency department by checking out thevideo on the JEMS.com home page. Click on the following link and check out"BRITNEYHOSPITALIZED!"(Click here to view video)(Click here to view a second video)

Spears has sold more than 76 million records worldwide, and her 31 million albums sold in the U.S. make her the eighth best-selling female artist in U.S. music history. We live in the YouTube and TMZ.com generation with paparazzi hungry for celebrity footage. Therefore,EMS agencies should pre-plan ways to protect the privacy of all patients, not just celebrities, while the patients are in the patient compartment of the ambulance. Photographers will use any access point (front, rear and side windows and patient compartment doors) to get images that will reap them a significant pay check for the captured images.

Maintaining Patient Privacy

My father, a 35-year veteran ambulance officer with theScranton (Pa.) Fire Department, installed inexpensive, rolled-up vinyl "curtains" above each patient compartment window and secured in the rolled up position by two small snap-on straps. (Vinyl was used because it was easier than cloth to wipe down and keep clean.)When the need for privacy arose, such as during the delivery of a baby in the ambulance patient compartment while en route to a hospital, his crews simply unsnapped the rolled-up vinyl curtains over the rear doors and they would fall into place and obstruct the view of anyone standing outside or following the ambulance to the hospital.

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