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(WLOX Biloxi)   You're a surgeon stuck in a traffic jam while your patient waits on the table. Do you : C) borrow a bicycle from a seven year old and pedal through traffic with a police escort   (wlox.com) divider line 95
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2012-08-23 09:52:21 AM
Her friend gladly loaned her his seven year old daughter's bike and helmet and the nearly six foot tall surgeon resumed her journey to the surgery center.

Nice visual!

/Plus 1 for non-ironic use of the Hero tag, Subster.
 
2012-08-23 10:00:57 AM
It sounds like the uplifting finale of an 80s comedy, but good for him.
 
2012-08-23 10:01:53 AM
OMG I *may* have actually choked up.
 
2012-08-23 10:02:37 AM
community.titantv.com
Way to go, Sasha!
 
2012-08-23 10:06:41 AM

God Is My Co-Pirate: It sounds like the uplifting finale of an 80s comedy, but good for him.

 
 
Good for HER you sexist pig.
 
2012-08-23 10:07:40 AM
I don't believe that happened.
 
2012-08-23 10:14:37 AM

brap: God Is My Co-Pirate: It sounds like the uplifting finale of an 80s comedy, but good for him.
 
 
Good for HER you sexist pig.


+1, would favorite again.
 
2012-08-23 10:18:53 AM
Baton Rouge surgeon, Catherine Baucom, MD of Elliot Mastology Center

Wow, that must have been rough as a kid, being a boy named Catherine. Especially in the south.
 
jbc [TotalFark]
2012-08-23 10:26:29 AM
Escorted by police?!? Wouldn't it be quicker to get into the squad car at that point? "No thanks, officer. I'd rather pedal the rest of the way."
 
2012-08-23 10:27:43 AM
I hope the police gave her a ride, rather than leading as she pedaled to the hospital..
 
2012-08-23 10:28:00 AM

jbc: Escorted by police?!? Wouldn't it be quicker to get into the squad car at that point? "No thanks, officer. I'd rather pedal the rest of the way."


That was the first thought that came to my mind.

/got to get your cardio in anyway you can i guess
 
2012-08-23 10:37:17 AM

jbc: Escorted by police?!? Wouldn't it be quicker to get into the squad car at that point? "No thanks, officer. I'd rather pedal the rest of the way."


This
 
2012-08-23 10:38:05 AM

brap: God Is My Co-Pirate: It sounds like the uplifting finale of an 80s comedy, but good for him.
 
 
Good for HER you sexist pig.


God got served! :-/
 
2012-08-23 10:58:16 AM

gameshowhost: brap: God Is My Co-Pirate: It sounds like the uplifting finale of an 80s comedy, but good for him.
 
 
Good for HER you sexist pig.

God got served! :-/


Yes, yes I did. Whoops.
 
2012-08-23 12:03:09 PM
So if the police were able to get through traffic to escort her, why couldn't they have just given her a ride the rest of the way?
 
2012-08-23 12:04:05 PM

God Is My Co-Pirate: gameshowhost: brap: God Is My Co-Pirate: It sounds like the uplifting finale of an 80s comedy, but good for him.
 
 
Good for HER you sexist pig.

God got served! :-/

Yes, yes I did. Whoops.


"I can't operate on him. He's my son."
 
2012-08-23 01:03:15 PM
Winston!

/not obscure
//well that part might be
 
2012-08-23 01:03:45 PM

jbc: Escorted by police?!? Wouldn't it be quicker to get into the squad car at that point? "No thanks, officer. I'd rather pedal the rest of the way."


Well it could be the cop was on a motorcycle. Don't exactly have a place to put bicycle.
 
2012-08-23 01:03:59 PM

The My Little Pony Killer: God Is My Co-Pirate: gameshowhost: brap: God Is My Co-Pirate: It sounds like the uplifting finale of an 80s comedy, but good for him.
 
 
Good for HER you sexist pig.

God got served! :-/

Yes, yes I did. Whoops.

"I can't operate on him. He's my son."


Oh snap...but where did they bury the survivors?

/and as for the story...damn dust in this office.
 
2012-08-23 01:07:46 PM
At least he didn't just up and steal the bike, leaving the seven-year-old on the side of the road shouting "I want my bike! I want my bike!"

Too obscure? Hardly. This is Fark.
 
2012-08-23 01:09:44 PM

LaraAmber: jbc: Escorted by police?!? Wouldn't it be quicker to get into the squad car at that point? "No thanks, officer. I'd rather pedal the rest of the way."

Well it could be the cop was on a motorcycle. Don't exactly have a place to put bicycle.


It says she got back on I-10. I'm thinking that due to the accident the freeway was jammed and she was cruising on the shoulder. So even the police cruiser was trapped in the gridlock. It may have been that officer radioed ahead for a cruiser to meet her at the next exit and then they tossed the bike in her trunk and the cruiser drove her in via secondary roads.

/that would be the logical way to do it
//our local police will occasionally run over to get doctors
 
2012-08-23 01:10:42 PM
wouldn't the empty car cause a traffic jam as well?
 
2012-08-23 01:11:45 PM

misterfweem: At least he didn't just up and steal the bike, leaving the seven-year-old on the side of the road shouting "I want my bike! I want my bike!"

Too obscure? Hardly. This is Fark.


Now I'm picturing her hitching a ride with the cops by holding their hands through the windows of their cruiser.

/yes, I know that's not quite how that went down
 
2012-08-23 01:12:46 PM
She owes that kid two dollars!
 
2012-08-23 01:14:15 PM
In my brain I immediately thought of the scene from Inner Space where the doctor from the lab that shrinks Dennis Quaid is on a bike trying to get away from that snap-on arm guy.
 
2012-08-23 01:15:13 PM
At first I thought: they didn't have any other surgeons to operate on the accident victim? Then it said it was a mastology center. So breast cancer. So non-emergency. Just reschedule that shiat.
 
2012-08-23 01:16:59 PM
I want my bike! I want my bike! I want my bike!

2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-08-23 01:17:53 PM
The My Little Pony Killer: "I can't operate on him. He's my son."

Ha! Nice All in The Family reference.
 
2012-08-23 01:18:12 PM

misterfweem: At least he didn't just up and steal the bike, leaving the seven-year-old on the side of the road shouting "I want my bike! I want my bike!"

Too obscure? Hardly. This is Fark.


I want my two dollars!
 
2012-08-23 01:19:55 PM

God Is My Co-Pirate: It sounds like the uplifting finale of an 80s comedy, but good for him.


It needs a slow-motion montage set to some bad 80's music.
 
2012-08-23 01:21:03 PM
Yeah, she's a hero now but wait until the family gets the bill....

Single-track vehicle, Qty: 1, Price: $32,592.19
Impact attenuator, Qty: 1, Price: $18,450.32
Emergency services, Qty: 1, Price: $235,092.02
.
.
.
.
(page 4)
Surgical Material Sterilization Attendant, Qty: 1, Price: $1934.33

Full payment due upon receipt. All balances remaining after 120 days subject to collections. You're going to wish you died.
 
2012-08-23 01:25:41 PM

jbc: Escorted by police?!? Wouldn't it be quicker to get into the squad car at that point? "No thanks, officer. I'd rather pedal the rest of the way."


This was in Baton Rouge LA, the police there ride Big Wheels so no, it would not have been quicker.
 
2012-08-23 01:25:46 PM
Knew this would be about Baton Rouge as soon as I read "traffic jam." The traffic in this city is always awful, but the gridlock during yesterday's shutdown of I-10 was unlike anything I'd ever seen.
 
2012-08-23 01:26:12 PM

God Is My Co-Pirate: It sounds like the uplifting finale of an 80s comedy, but good for him.


Does anybody have a picture of Robin from How I Met Your Mother doing the bicycle jump? I figure that's appropriate here.
 
2012-08-23 01:27:38 PM
upload.wikimedia.org

approves (couldn't find pic of them stealing kids' bikes
 
2012-08-23 01:29:41 PM

jbc: Escorted by police?!? Wouldn't it be quicker to get into the squad car at that point? "No thanks, officer. I'd rather pedal the rest of the way."


Ok, yeah I was wondering the same thing.
apparently the doc wasn't a brain surgeon
 
hej
2012-08-23 01:31:38 PM
D) Don't wait until the last minute to show up for your operation, so shat like this isn't a problem to begin with.
 
2012-08-23 01:32:31 PM
TFA leaves out details that would have been appropriate.
Such as, was this a scheduled surgery?
If so, why was surgery started before the doctor was in-house?
and...
If so, maybe doc should have left for work earlier? ...and the Hero tag might want to take a hike.

If not, shouldn't the hospital have a Plan B for situations like this???

In every scheduled surgery situation that I and family members have had the doctor has shown up at the patient's bedside before surgery for a reassuring "chat." In the only emergency surgery situation, the ER doctor was "sleeping in the back" (seemed drugged out of his mind to me) when he was called to the patient whose minor-looking puncture wound suddenly started to hemorrhage. I wasn't the patient and they didn't even take time to throw me out of the operating room where we had been waiting for the past hour or so. My ex, who faints at the sight of blood, scared them when he started to passout. Fortunately, I knew he would faint if he looked at what they were doing and didn't freak as much as the staff.
 
2012-08-23 01:33:25 PM

moops: I want my bike! I want my bike! I want my bike!

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 300x164]


Came for this, left happy.
 
2012-08-23 01:36:01 PM
What? Not to shiat on this Doc, but those tiny bikes suck. I can run faster for a longer distance then riding one of those.
 
2012-08-23 01:36:41 PM
But... this is a little girl's bike. This is for a little girl.

/nothing is obscure here
 
2012-08-23 01:39:42 PM

KrispyKritter: misterfweem: At least he didn't just up and steal the bike, leaving the seven-year-old on the side of the road shouting "I want my bike! I want my bike!"

Too obscure? Hardly. This is Fark.

I want my two dollars!


I'm sorry your mom blew up, Ricky.
 
2012-08-23 01:45:55 PM

justanotherfarkinfarker: What? Not to shiat on this Doc, but those tiny bikes suck. I can run faster for a longer distance then riding one of those.


If the picture of her is depicting the same thing she was wearing during the jam, she's wearing black crocs (staff at the hospital I work at love wearing them too) and running isn't really possible in those things.
 
2012-08-23 01:47:04 PM

brap: God Is My Co-Pirate: It sounds like the uplifting finale of an 80s comedy, but good for him.
 
 
Good for HER you sexist pig.


Oh, so the "doctor" was a veterinarian.

/DNRTFA
 
2012-08-23 01:49:13 PM

FinFangFark: The My Little Pony Killer: God Is My Co-Pirate: gameshowhost: brap: God Is My Co-Pirate: It sounds like the uplifting finale of an 80s comedy, but good for him.
 
 
Good for HER you sexist pig.

God got served! :-/

Yes, yes I did. Whoops.

"I can't operate on him. He's my son."

Oh snap...but where did they bury the survivors?

/and as for the story...damn dust in this office.


"thankfully you stopped, my suspenders were stuck in your door."
 
2012-08-23 01:49:35 PM

spentmiles: Yeah, she's a hero now but wait until the family gets the bill....

Single-track vehicle, Qty: 1, Price: $32,592.19
Impact attenuator, Qty: 1, Price: $18,450.32
Emergency services, Qty: 1, Price: $235,092.02
.
.
.
.
(page 4)
Surgical Material Sterilization Attendant, Qty: 1, Price: $1934.33

Full payment due upon receipt. All balances remaining after 120 days subject to collections. You're going to wish you died.


First do no harm... LOL
 
2012-08-23 01:55:56 PM

jacla: TFA leaves out details that would have been appropriate.
Such as, was this a scheduled surgery?
If so, why was surgery started before the doctor was in-house?
and...
If so, maybe doc should have left for work earlier? ...and the Hero tag might want to take a hike.

If not, shouldn't the hospital have a Plan B for situations like this???

In every scheduled surgery situation that I and family members have had the doctor has shown up at the patient's bedside before surgery for a reassuring "chat." In the only emergency surgery situation, the ER doctor was "sleeping in the back" (seemed drugged out of his mind to me) when he was called to the patient whose minor-looking puncture wound suddenly started to hemorrhage. I wasn't the patient and they didn't even take time to throw me out of the operating room where we had been waiting for the past hour or so. My ex, who faints at the sight of blood, scared them when he started to passout. Fortunately, I knew he would faint if he looked at what they were doing and didn't freak as much as the staff.


Not sure about all the answers, but the article says nothing about the patient waiting on a table, only subby did:

"Baton Rouge surgeon, Catherine Baucom, MD of Elliot Mastology Center, was on her way to surgery at BRASS Surgery Center Wednesday morning when she found herself caught in the traffic caused by the accident that shutdown Interstate 10 early Wednesday morning.
...
Her patient and the staff of BRASS are grateful and amazed, but not surprised, by her dedication to patient care and service excellence."

So I'd be shocked if any surgery or prep had actually begun. It was probably more like "this is supposed to happen around 9, it's 840, im not gonna make it" sort of deal. Also the article says it was a traffic accident that caused the jam so I don't see how leaving earlier would make a difference unless it was 2 minutes after it happened.

And for some surgeries, having a Plan B might not necessarily be easy. If its a specialized surgery and there are only a handful of capable docs, and the others are busy... they can't just call in a junior doctor and (potentially) can't postpone. Also if I were the patient, I would feel better if my surgeon was actually the person who had been preparing and researching about it lately.
 
2012-08-23 01:56:29 PM
There is still hope for humanity.
 
2012-08-23 01:56:56 PM

turnonyrlovelite: Knew this would be about Baton Rouge as soon as I read "traffic jam." The traffic in this city is always awful, but the gridlock during yesterday's shutdown of I-10 was unlike anything I'd ever seen.


I was feeling your pain yesterday too and feel it somewhat less every single day. I come in from 73 to the downtown area every week day and return to 73 at night. The drive is only 22 miles but it takes 45 minutes in the morning and over an hour at night. The biggest problem we have is that there are no direct routes east to west or north to south aside from the interstate and 61. The interstate has more on and off ramps than you can shake a stick at and 61 has traffic lights pretty much every hundred feet. I was lucky enough to find out that River road was opened yesterday because of the wreck so after I got past Brightside there were no car in front of me and I flew home. This town doesn't need a loop as much as it needs four four lane roads across town north and south east and west that only have lights where they cross each other. The interstate wouldn't be a problem at that point, because there wouldn't be everyone and his dog using it.
 
2012-08-23 01:58:28 PM
Way to add details, failmitter.

Surgeon was on her way to surgery at a surgery center, not a hospital. They don't wheel the patient in the room until they see the whites of the surgeons eyes. Patient would not be on the table without having been examined -- even in an emergency.

Kudos to center's PR staff for getting cute anecdote turned into "see how heroic our doctors are". Note that the name of the center is mentioned 3 times in a short article.
 
2012-08-23 02:02:06 PM

silo123j: wouldn't the empty car cause a traffic jam as well?


Not unless the friend who she borrowed the bike from lives under an overpass.
 
2012-08-23 02:02:10 PM

ginandbacon: brap: God Is My Co-Pirate: It sounds like the uplifting finale of an 80s comedy, but good for him.
 
 
Good for HER you sexist pig.

+1, would favorite again.


HA!
brap is also one of my favorites and now you are too.
 
2012-08-23 02:06:55 PM
I know and work with this woman, and it is not surprising that she would do something like this. In fact I wouldn't be surprised if anyone at that mastology center wouldn't do the same thing. They truly care about their patients.


/I know, CSB
 
2012-08-23 02:08:37 PM

justanotherfarkinfarker: What? Not to shiat on this Doc, but those tiny bikes suck. I can run faster for a longer distance then riding one of those.


I'd be surprised if that's really true, but you could potentially be a competitive distance runner. I'm just some guy who runs a lot, and I doubt I could outrun even a tiny bike like that over a distance of more than a couple miles. They're just too damned efficient, and few people can sustain a pace under 6:00/mi for more than a couple of miles. That's only 10mph, something that's very easy to do on a kids bike. If you could get the bike to a rather sedate 12mph, that would beat the womens' world record pace in the Marathon.

Sure, you might not get it up to 35mph like you could a proper adult-sized bike-- but it doesn't take much to beat running.
 
2012-08-23 02:11:43 PM

cgraves67: God Is My Co-Pirate: It sounds like the uplifting finale of an 80s comedy, but good for him.

It needs a slow-motion montage set to some bad 80's music.


And it ends with a freeze frame of her and the patient jumping for joy after a successful recovery.
 
2012-08-23 02:16:05 PM
 
2012-08-23 02:17:52 PM
bttf.com

"I'll get it back to you, alright?"
 
2012-08-23 02:21:31 PM
I appreciate the doctor's enthusiasm for his art, but I would think just riding in the escort would have been quicker.
 
2012-08-23 02:21:40 PM
I have a leg from the knee down thanks to a surgeon who had been drinking at a party. He was the only one qualified the ER could find and parents signed waivers. Never happen today.
 
2012-08-23 02:21:47 PM

The My Little Pony Killer: So if the police were able to get through traffic to escort her, why couldn't they have just given her a ride the rest of the way?


Ah yes, the cry of the mediocre in the face of sacrifice: "Are you *sure* you had to make all that effort?"

It's a wonder over-achievers don't just give up :/
 
2012-08-23 02:22:09 PM

LoneWolf343: I appreciate the doctor's enthusiasm for his art, but I would think just riding in the escort would have been quicker.


I'm sorry, her art.
 
2012-08-23 02:22:47 PM

New and Improved Fail: ginandbacon: brap: God Is My Co-Pirate: It sounds like the uplifting finale of an 80s comedy, but good for him.
 
 
Good for HER you sexist pig.

+1, would favorite again.

HA!
brap is also one of my favorites and now you are too.


Well shucks! Back atcha :)
 
2012-08-23 02:27:07 PM

Insatiable Jesus: I have a leg from the knee down thanks to a surgeon who had been drinking at a party. He was the only one qualified the ER could find and parents signed waivers. Never happen today.


How much are we talking about? One Bud Light, lightly buzzed, or he looked down at the operating table and saw he had 4 hands and 2 patients?
 
2012-08-23 02:28:26 PM

spentmiles: Yeah, she's a hero now but wait until the family gets the bill....

Single-track vehicle, Qty: 1, Price: $32,592.19
Impact attenuator, Qty: 1, Price: $18,450.32
Emergency services, Qty: 1, Price: $235,092.02
.
.
.
.
(page 4)
Surgical Material Sterilization Attendant, Qty: 1, Price: $1934.33

Full payment due upon receipt. All balances remaining after 120 days subject to collections. You're going to wish you died.



I'm feeling that pain now. I just got a $3,000 bill for a two day stay in the hospital. I called up the billing dept to say that my insurance company should be covering the cost. The response:

"Ha ha ha. No honey. That $3000 is your co-pay. The total bill is a bit over $30,000."
 
2012-08-23 02:31:33 PM

moops: I want my bike! I want my bike! I want my bike!

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 300x164]



Data's sister........she never recovered after her bike was stolen!
 
2012-08-23 02:33:26 PM
wafb.images.worldnow.com

What a surgeon might look like on a child's bicycle. For those of you having difficulty picturing this.

Staged photo is staged.
 
2012-08-23 02:35:36 PM
replace Borrow with Molest and we STILL got a perfectly cromulent sentence.
 
2012-08-23 02:39:19 PM
I thought the correct answer was: Snake a tube down her throat and be there in 4-5 hours.


/I'm no slouch myself
 
2012-08-23 02:40:04 PM

mccallcl: The My Little Pony Killer: So if the police were able to get through traffic to escort her, why couldn't they have just given her a ride the rest of the way?

Ah yes, the cry of the mediocre in the face of sacrifice: "Are you *sure* you had to make all that effort?"

It's a wonder over-achievers don't just give up :/

-----

I read the question as a criticism of the the under-achieving author of the article rather than of the doctor, who doubtlessly had a very good reason for not hitching a ride.

//not the one you were originally responding to, but asked myself that and several other questions while reading the article.
 
2012-08-23 02:42:27 PM

The My Little Pony Killer: misterfweem: At least he didn't just up and steal the bike, leaving the seven-year-old on the side of the road shouting "I want my bike! I want my bike!"

Too obscure? Hardly. This is Fark.

Now I'm picturing her hitching a ride with the cops by holding their hands through the windows of their cruiser.

/yes, I know that's not quite how that went down


Yeah, Walsh. Let us give you a ride . . .

And Better off Dead, folks? Really?
 
2012-08-23 02:42:36 PM

mccallcl: The My Little Pony Killer: So if the police were able to get through traffic to escort her, why couldn't they have just given her a ride the rest of the way?

Ah yes, the cry of the mediocre in the face of sacrifice: "Are you *sure* you had to make all that effort?"

It's a wonder over-achievers don't just give up :/


I was thinking that it would have been faster just to jog rather than try to ride a tiny bike. This surgeon doesn't sound very bright...or she wasn't in that much of a hurry.
 
2012-08-23 02:44:33 PM
Dr Deebo is coming!
 
2012-08-23 02:45:27 PM
static.culturemap.com
 
2012-08-23 02:46:32 PM
No 'Hollywood Homicide' references yet?


/Granted it was a mediocre flick, but still, Harrison Ford on that little bike was funny.
 
2012-08-23 02:50:45 PM

pedXing: I know and work with this woman, and it is not surprising that she would do something like this. In fact I wouldn't be surprised if anyone at that mastology center wouldn't do the same thing. They truly care about their patients.


/I know, CSB


Wanna do me a solid and give her a high-five next time you see her? Tell her the internets are proud.
 
2012-08-23 02:52:37 PM

nickerj1: At first I thought: they didn't have any other surgeons to operate on the accident victim? Then it said it was a mastology center. So breast cancer. So non-emergency. Just reschedule that shiat.


Exactly. It's not like she was rushing to take care of a ruptured spleen or something.
 
2012-08-23 02:54:11 PM

chookbillion: nickerj1: At first I thought: they didn't have any other surgeons to operate on the accident victim? Then it said it was a mastology center. So breast cancer. So non-emergency. Just reschedule that shiat.

Exactly. It's not like she was rushing to take care of a ruptured spleen or something.


Forgot to say that there were probably a lot of people that needed to get to work that day and were late. Would the cops have given them a ride?
 
2012-08-23 02:55:52 PM

Angry Buddha: brap: God Is My Co-Pirate: It sounds like the uplifting finale of an 80s comedy, but good for him.
 
 
Good for HER you sexist pig.

Oh, so the "doctor" was a veterinarian.

/DNRTFA


This is getting to be a problem. I knew it would.
 
2012-08-23 03:13:45 PM

jbc: Escorted by police?!? Wouldn't it be quicker to get into the squad car at that point? "No thanks, officer. I'd rather pedal the rest of the way."


That was my thinking also
 
2012-08-23 03:26:18 PM

The_Great_Hambino


/I'm no slouch myself


Don't sell yourself short. You're a tremendous slouch.
 
2012-08-23 03:30:19 PM

pedXing: I know and work with this woman, and it is not surprising that she would do something like this. In fact I wouldn't be surprised if anyone at that mastology center wouldn't do the same thing. They truly care about their patients.


/I know, CSB


Well, they work on breasts. I can't blame them.
 
2012-08-23 06:40:35 PM
At first glance: Wow, that's awesome! Was the doctor a cardiologist on the way to cath a STEMI patient who was unstable?! Was it a trauma surgeon on the way to save someone's arm or leg?! Was a it a neurologist on the way to treat a status epileptic or stroke patient?

Reading the article: Oncologist on the way to a surgery center to perform mastectomies, biopsies, and other outpatient procedures.

My face: You have got to be farking kidding me.

/pr stunt is pr.
 
2012-08-23 07:06:31 PM
Uh, why didn't the police toss the bike in the trunk and give her a ride if they were moving fast enough for an escort?
 
2012-08-23 07:16:43 PM

chookbillion: nickerj1: At first I thought: they didn't have any other surgeons to operate on the accident victim? Then it said it was a mastology center. So breast cancer. So non-emergency. Just reschedule that shiat.

Exactly. It's not like she was rushing to take care of a ruptured spleen or something.


Have y'all ever had a schedule surgery before? It's a pain in the butt to reschedule those things. The patients have to take off work, if they have kids they have to reschedule whoever is going to help them with those kids and generally you have to fast so you're sitting around hungry and anxious. They usually set use of surgical rooms up back to back so you wouldn't just be bumping the surgery back 1 hr you'd be having to reschedule for another day (sometimes weeks away) or bumping multiple surgeries back screwing up several peoples plans. She did a fantastic thing here, it may not have been an emergency but I bet those patients who didn't get juggled are pleased.
 
2012-08-23 07:47:00 PM
umm...why didn't the cops just give her a ride? They gave her an escort, they could have easily let her climb in and drove her there.
 
2012-08-23 08:36:40 PM
Keep it, I've got a Pit Bull now.
 
2012-08-23 08:36:52 PM
Sounds like the cops would rather have a funny story than actually help the doctor. If you can give an escort, you can just give him a ride. Or you can be an ass, which I assume is the default position for any cop.
 
2012-08-23 10:47:20 PM

jbc: Escorted by police?!? Wouldn't it be quicker to get into the squad car at that point? "No thanks, officer. I'd rather pedal the rest of the way."


Even cops have a hard time driving through gridlock.
 
2012-08-23 11:15:35 PM
OhLuverly: Have y'all ever had a schedule surgery before? It's a pain in the butt to reschedule those things. The patients have to take off work, if they have kids they have to reschedule whoever is going to help them with those kids and generally you have to fast so you're sitting around hungry and anxious.

Do you have any idea how many lives are endangered by a police convoy running emergency traffic?

If Ambulances and Fire Trucks don't want the cops to do this, what makes you think it's a good idea to do on a bicycle or an unmarked car with no warning devices what so ever?
 
2012-08-23 11:29:40 PM

BronyMedic:
Do you have any idea how many lives are endangered by a police convoy running emergency traffic?

If Ambulances and Fire Trucks don't want the cops to do this, what makes you think it's a good idea to do on a bicycle or an unmarked car with no warning devices what so ever?


Honestly no I do not have any idea how many lives would be endangered by a police escort of a bicycle moving at about 5-10mph or in the more likely case of a police car (which has lights and sirens) with the doctor inside it maneuvering via back roads. Pure speculation on both parts though, as the article doesn't make any of it very clear past her taking the bike and getting to the interstate on it.
 
2012-08-23 11:35:49 PM
I retract my statement about her being inside the car, just reread the article.
 
2012-08-24 06:49:49 AM
OhLuverly: Honestly no I do not have any idea how many lives would be endangered by a police escort of a bicycle moving at about 5-10mph or in the more likely case of a police car (which has lights and sirens) with the doctor inside it maneuvering via back roads. Pure speculation on both parts though, as the article doesn't make any of it very clear past her taking the bike and getting to the interstate on it.

EMS response vehicles are discouraged from using escorts or traveling in convoys due to the extreme dangers associated with multiple emergency vehicles operating in close proximity to each other. For the purpose of this policy statement and any developed from it emergency vehicles should maintain a spacing of at least 300 - 400 feet between them in ideal driving conditions and more when visibility is limited or road conditions are less than ideal.

http://www.health.ny.gov/nysdoh/ems/policy/00-13.htm


5-1.6 CONVOYS AND ESCORTS

The disadvantages of EV convoys and escorts greatly outweigh any advantages. If two or more Emergency Vehicles are going to a scene they should stay at least 500 feet apart. Cars that pull over may pull back directly into the path of the second vehicle if not enough distance is maintained. Using a "wail" mode in the first vehicle and a "yelp" mode in the second vehicle may also help to prevent such accidents.

- International Association of Fire Chiefs

CEVO III Ambulance and CEVO III Fire, the national standards for emergency vehicle operation all say the same thing. Running convoys like this confuses motorists, and puts the public and emergency responders at risk.

There was no medical need for this to happen, it was literally a PR stunt.
 
2012-08-24 07:59:22 AM

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Way to go, Sasha!


Sasha is blue!
 
2012-08-24 10:55:47 AM

BronyMedic: lots of good information

There was no medical need for this to happen, it was literally a PR stunt.


It wasn't a convoy, it wasn't a cop car escorting an ambulance, or several cop cars moving at a high rate of speed through heavy flowing traffic. It was a cop car moving at 5 to 10 miles per hour tops (she was on a child's bike) traversing standstill traffic. You know the sort of things they do for funeral processions all the time except in those cases its a bunch of cars moving through moving traffic. I wont deny that it wasn't a nice PR plug, it is but to try to say they were putting lives in danger is just a bit over the top. And my original point was it's not so easy to just reschedule as everyone was trying to make it out to be, it's why surgeons try very hard to get to their patients no matter how minor the surgery is. You may think rescheduling a mastectomy or even a biopsy is no big deal, but to the patient who is about to lose their breast because of cancer or have to delay getting answers on if the cancer has come back it's pretty serious to them. So you're right, no medical need for this to happen. Just a doctor who gives a flip about their patient's emotional and physical well being.
 
2012-08-24 09:04:11 PM
OhLuverly: You know the sort of things they do for funeral processions all the time except in those cases its a bunch of cars moving through moving traffic.

Considering we have one or two of those guys who put police sirens and green lights on their motorcycles killed in my area every year escorting a dead body through busy intersections, ask me how I feel about that practice, too.

OhLuverly: And my original point was it's not so easy to just reschedule as everyone was trying to make it out to be, it's why surgeons try very hard to get to their patients no matter how minor the surgery is. You may think rescheduling a mastectomy or even a biopsy is no big deal, but to the patient who is about to lose their breast because of cancer or have to delay getting answers on if the cancer has come back it's pretty serious to them. So you're right, no medical need for this to happen. Just a doctor who gives a flip about their patient's emotional and physical well being.

We're not going to agree on this. I want you to say one thing with me:

There was no medical need for this to happen. This was a joke/PR Stunt, a very poor joke.

Had he gotten into a cop car, and had them drive him to the surgery center, I wouldn't even be as aggravated with this. Had he waited, and had the surgery delayed even just an hour, it wouldn't have been an issue. Hell, it would have been reasonably understandable that it was that way.
 
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