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2013-04-26 04:03:13 AM
3 votes:

drgloryboy: We had a patient who would go out to the restaurant of her choice (or the bar of her choice) and when she had enough to eat or drink she would then have a pseudoseizure, someoene would call 911, ambulance shows up while she is putting on her act, and she would then get out of paying her bill. Once she was in the rig, any paramedic who didn't recognize her or pseudoseizures would give her a nice ativan buzz on the ride to the hospital where she would promptly refuse treatment.


CSB:

I had a guy pull this years ago - it was in a Waffle House that just happened to be next to a police station.

We (the ambulance crew) knew the guy was faking - he was lying on the floor, cracking his eyes open just enough so he could see what was going on.

The waitress is describing what happened ("he fell onto the floor and just started shaking") to us and the cops when one officer asked, "Did he pay his bill?"

"No."

"How much was it?"

The waitress found his bill - "$14.50"...that's a LOT of food at a Waffle House, at least it was in the mid 90s.

The officer said, "Hold on," flipped the guy over onto his stomach, pulled his wallet out, found a $20, gave it to the waitress, and said, "Keep the change."

I still had to take the guy to the hospital, but DAMN, that dude was PISSED.  It was awesome!

/CSB
2013-04-26 01:49:47 AM
3 votes:

AverageAmericanGuy: So when health care is universal and "free", we will be rationing ambulance service based on the judgment of some government bureaucrat? I'm not sure I'd be too happy about getting left at home because I called for an ambulance one too many times.


LOL! I feel like arguing so I'm gonna make something up and get all melodramatic! Derp-a derp-a doo! Obama's gonna implant a microchip in my tongue to sense if I eat bacon more than twice a week so he can deny me a whaaaambulance ride when I have my my-O-cardial in-FARK-shun! Derrrrrr!
2013-04-26 04:04:47 AM
2 votes:
Always knew when the new Medicaid cards were mailed. We would get an increase in calls for the first few weeks for BS medical reasons. two of the best calls was a woman who called 911 to complain of leg pain. We arrive and she comes walking down her driveway with a suitcase. She said she has a procedure scheduled for later on and needed a ride to the hospital. PD was called on that one. The other was a general medical way on the other side of the county. When we got there, the "patient" came walking out dressed up fort a night of clubbing in town. Told her since we were on the southern edge of the county, i had to transport to the local hospital in Eufaula. She argued i that i had to take her to a "horsepital" that she wanted to go to. Non-emergency, receiving ER is my discretion, and we left her standing in her driveway

/10yr Paramedic
2013-04-26 08:12:49 AM
1 votes:
When I worked for the county, we had this a lot.  The EMTs said that several times, they would transport someone to the County hospital and once the person was inside, they would jump off of the gurney and walk out of the hospital.  One of the fire captains told a couple of "frequent flyers" that the county was going to start deducting $50 for each ambulance ride out of their welfare checks.  The two women stopped calling for rides, but the captain got in trouble for telling them that.
2013-04-26 07:52:23 AM
1 votes:

abhorrent1: Ferguson apparently never even went into the hospital to get treated.

When you come in on an ambulance can you just hop out and walk away? I would think you'd have go in and get checked out just for liability.


Nope, if I transport an alert and oriented adult says "stop here and let me out" there is nothing I can do about it (within limits for patient safety, I'm not letting them out on the highway).

One of the problems is that if I'm dispatched by 911, and the patient says they want to be transported, there is no mechanism for me to say no.  I MUST transport them.  I've been called for a "laceration" which was trivial self inflicted wound by a drug seeker.  The patient got a Hello Kitty bandaid, a 15 minute ride, an ALS workup and a $1k bill.
2013-04-26 04:11:11 AM
1 votes:

bigbabysurfer: drgloryboy: We had a patient who would go out to the restaurant of her choice (or the bar of her choice) and when she had enough to eat or drink she would then have a pseudoseizure, someoene would call 911, ambulance shows up while she is putting on her act, and she would then get out of paying her bill. Once she was in the rig, any paramedic who didn't recognize her or pseudoseizures would give her a nice ativan buzz on the ride to the hospital where she would promptly refuse treatment.

CSB:

I had a guy pull this years ago - it was in a Waffle House that just happened to be next to a police station.

We (the ambulance crew) knew the guy was faking - he was lying on the floor, cracking his eyes open just enough so he could see what was going on.

The waitress is describing what happened ("he fell onto the floor and just started shaking") to us and the cops when one officer asked, "Did he pay his bill?"

"No."

"How much was it?"

The waitress found his bill - "$14.50"...that's a LOT of food at a Waffle House, at least it was in the mid 90s.

The officer said, "Hold on," flipped the guy over onto his stomach, pulled his wallet out, found a $20, gave it to the waitress, and said, "Keep the change."

I still had to take the guy to the hospital, but DAMN, that dude was PISSED.  It was awesome!

/CSB


Have a similar story......
Called to the local strip joint for a seizure. Arrived to find a dancer in the bathroom on the floor doing her best seizure impression. I just watched her for a few minutes, noticed her regular breathing rate and the occasional eye opening to see if we were watching. When she stopped, i checked her pulse,it was in the normal range, and i told her if she pissed herself i might just believe her. She sat up and and flipped me off
2013-04-26 03:38:05 AM
1 votes:

Oldiron_79: KrispyKritter: that ride starts at $750 where i live.

Well hers were paid for by medicaid according to TFA. So your tax dollars paid for this shiat.


In other words, it was economic stimulus. All government spending stimulates the economy.

Signed,

Paul Krugman
2013-04-26 03:19:16 AM
1 votes:

Dr. Nick Riviera: I dealt with that crap a lot when I did EMS.


It's scary to think about an EMT who calls himself Dr. Nick Riviera...

/never called 911
2013-04-26 02:05:50 AM
1 votes:
mom?

srsly, she loves the attention. she's prone to "seizures". the funniest was when she pulled that sh*t outside of her preferred-hospital area and the ambulance was going to take her to another hospital that was more "black" than she would've preferred.

she perked right up in the back of the ambulance and the seizure ended.

/and before you jump down my throat and accuse me of being callous and heartless, these are attention-pleas. my brother is a doctor, my cousin (my mom's nephew) is a local fire-fighter/paramedic, and his ex-wife is a main nurse at my mom's preferred hospital. my cousin has responded to her 911 calls more than any other paramedic. he knows her history.
//she has more mental issues than medical issues.
2013-04-26 02:02:38 AM
1 votes:
Jesus!  When I was in college, if we couldn't find a cab, we would just order pizza delivery from a nearby pizza place, then wait out front for the delivery driver to walk out and ask him if this was the pizza to [my address]?  Then we would slip him an extra $10 or so and hitch a ride home and get a pizza out of it.

/I thought everyone did this?
2013-04-26 02:02:06 AM
1 votes:

AverageAmericanGuy: So when health care is universal and "free", we will be rationing ambulance service based on the judgment of some government bureaucrat? I'm not sure I'd be too happy about getting left at home because I called for an ambulance one too many times.


Did you just say "rationing ambulance service"?
I think they are supposed to be "rationed".  There is a fixed amount of the commodity.  Don't use it stupidly.  Rather, use it "rationally".  Or better yet, it should be used "conservatively".
2013-04-26 01:35:23 AM
1 votes:
Hey! What kind of injury do you think I would have to fake to get a free helicopter ride?
2013-04-25 11:47:39 PM
1 votes:
fark that biatch.
 
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