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Errors by Ambulance Attendants and Paramedics

Ambulance attendants and paramedics have a difficult job. They often enter scenes that are not completely safe and must deal with a wide variety of health conditions without a lot of notice of what they are dealing with. Even so, they have protocols to follow. An ambulance attendant often gets in trouble if he or she behaves outside of the guidelines of their training and their ambulance service.

One of the biggest reasons ambulance attendants and paramedics get into trouble is in accident scene cases. In accidents, there can be a myriad of injuries, external and internal. The attendant must make sure that all patients are placed on a backboard with a rigid cervical collar placed unless they are ambulatory and have no pain whatsoever. Ambulatory patients complaining of back or neck pain should be boarded and given a cervical collar. The neck and back can only be cleared by x-ray at the hospital and should not be removed for any reason unless ordered by the emergency physician who has seen and examined the patient. Failure to put a patient on a backboard with a cervical collar could result in serious spinal cord injury and permanent paralysis or quadriplegia.

Obvious injuries can be missed or misunderstood. The amount of bleeding, for example, could be underestimated in a gunshot wound patient or car accident patient resulting in not starting an IV and providing fluids to compensate for the blood loss. The same is true of patients who’ve been injured and have only internal bleeding. If it is not recognized that there is probable internal bleeding by determining that the pulse is rapid and the blood pressure is low, then the patient might bleed out and die before reaching the hospital. The treatment is to give the patient intravenous fluids at a rapid rate to hydrate then and replace the amount of blood lost. Ultimately the patient needs to have IV blood but this is out of the scope of what the ambulance attendant or paramedic can do.

The ambulance attendant or paramedic must deal with patients who have chest pain. Because the ambulance attendant cannot prove that the chest pain is from a heart attack or not, he or she must assume the worst and must treat the chest pain as though the pain is from a serious heart condition. The ambulance attendant must ask a history of the patient and do a brief cardiac and lung exam. The patient must be given aspirin as a treatment for heart attack and must have regular blood pressure and pulse evaluation. Some ambulances have the possibility of leads that can be put on the patient to show the cardiac rhythm and the possibility of arrhythmias. If the ambulance attendant fails to monitor the patient adequately, give aspirin and possibly nitroglycerin, this can result in a serious heart attack that has the potential to be fatal.

Sometimes the ambulance personnel must deal with a patient who is pregnant and has an imminent delivery. Some patients don’t know they are pregnant or have a history of very fast deliveries. In such cases, the ambulance is called for abdominal pain or for a safe ride for a woman with a fast delivery. The ambulance attendant must have the skill and training to deliver a baby in an emergency and then keep the baby warm and dry until he or she has safely arrived at the hospital. In such cases, the attendant must know how to check a cervix and must know when a delivery is imminent. The attendant must be able to deliver the foetal head and then the shoulders and the rest of the baby safely and effectively. The baby must have his nose and throat cleared out with the bulb syringe in the birth kit the ambulance attendants have and must be wrapped in a warm blanket. If the placenta delivers, it should be delivered by itself. An ambulance attendant who does not know how to recognize a pregnancy or cannot safely deliver a baby runs the risk of medical negligence due to inability to do what they should be trained to do.


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The author of the substantive medical writing on this website is Dr. Christine Traxler MD whose biography can be read here