Ambulances & Vehicle Ops, Operations, Patient Care

Kicking Ourselves: Why didn’t we think of this?

Issue 1 and Volume 34.

36-year-old psych patient being transferred between facilities shocked her ambulance crew last year when she suddenly unbuckled herself, got off of the cot and exited the rear doors as the vehicle was traveling at freeway speed. She died instantly in front of her horrified husband, who was following in their car.

Nothing in any EMS text had prepared that crew for what their patient did. And nothing could have braced them for the anguish they endured as a result.

These are hard times for psych patients and their EMTs. We