Patient Care, Trauma

Providers Deliver High-Profile Care

Issue 5 and Volume 37.

Providers from Southwest Ambulance prepare to initiate the transfer of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) to TIRR Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital in Houston on Jan. 26, 2011. Providers use extreme caution to provide follow-up treatment for Giffords’ critical head injury after she was shot at a Congress On Your Corner event at a Safeway shopping center outside of Tucson, Ariz. This high-profile case serves as a reminder to EMS providers that they’re never able to predict what patients they may have the opportunity to treat or transfer. Thanks to the excellent care delivered to Giffords and the team effort between law enforcement and EMS, Giffords was transported in a safe and coordinated manner and has made outstanding progress in her recovery.