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(Denver Post)   If you leave the keys in the ambulance while on an emergency call, a drunk is bound to go on a joyride   ( divider line
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2013-01-07 12:26:44 AM  
2 votes:
Man, that sucks for those poor medics, not only did their rig get stolen, but they have to work for AMR.
2013-01-06 10:39:08 PM  
2 votes:
I've been REALLY drunk. I've never stolen a cop car, ambulance, or firetruck.

Mind you, I've been drunk enough to do so without considering the legal end. But there's something deeper than that. It's just not done. It's like punching old ladies. I don't care how drunk you get me, I'm not punchin' old ladies. I'm not stealin' emergency vehicles. I'm not shooting myself in the face with a fire extinguisher and then running around yelling "I'm a ghost!"

There's just things you don't do.
2013-01-07 11:03:07 AM  
1 vote:

JFarker131: This is particularly amusing to me, I work at an ambulance company. I just wonder if they charged the patient or the thief with the extra miles that were put on the run.

/$15 a mile gets pricey...
//don't use an ambulance. limo is cheaper, more stylish

Though I doubt your driver is really trained to restart your heart should the need arise, or take proper c-spine/backboard precautions in the case of spinal trauma.  

That said, my service has never charged for treatment or transport.  The only charge they have ever done isn't even technically through us.  The hospital resupplies everything we use (nasal cannula, BVM, meds) and they tack that price onto your total hospital bill.  Most calls result in maybe $0-$20 in used equipment.  

This leads to annoying calls, of course.  People that think calling an ambulance will get you ahead of the line at the ER (it doesn't, we just have to wait in triage with you now).  Old folks that are lonely and know that the code words of "chest pain" and "difficultly breathing" will get an ambulance out there really fast so they have someone to chat with about their children who never call.  And of course the hypochondriac that believes they have whatever horrible virus is currently causing a panic on the local new (westnilesarsmonkeypoxswinefluitus!).

But I'd rather have that than the person who is experiencing chest pain but isn't sure decide to wait it out until Monday.  I'd rather we come out and make the call that "yeah, it's probably heart burn" or "Wow, this ECG looks like a lie detector attached to Dick Cheney.  Let's get you to the ER."  The last thing I want to enter on their decision to call us is the cost.

2013-01-07 12:46:44 AM  
1 vote:
Y'know, I've wondered about this. I'm an EMT student, and have done a fair number of ride-alongs. It seems to be standard practice to leave the thing running and ready to go... I'm surprised this doesn't happen more often.

As Doglover mentioned, it seems to be on most people's "things you don't do" list... but there are always exceptions to "most people."
2013-01-07 12:37:00 AM  
1 vote:
I don't think amusing is the tag for this. Paramedics have enough to worry about without cretins making it worse for them.
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