DETROIT (Fox2News) - A Detroit paramedic says he is in trouble for breaking the rules. His offense? Giving a cold man a blanket. Top brass tell us employees must have permission to hand out "department property", but that blanket was one of many donated to the department to help people in need.
Your thoughts: Is it fair, since the medic had to ask permission first? Is it over-the-top?
Over the top. At some point common sense should prevail here. This job is about caring for people, for some that's a life saving intervention for others it's a blanket. I know Detroit is hard up for money but I don't think 1 blanket is going to bankrupt the city.
Geraldo Rivera - the early days....
There has to be more to this story since we are hearing only the side of a Paramedic, who called in sick (not suspended) in his pajamas in bed with the reporter and a bunch of meds at the bedside which shouldn't be taken if his stomach is upset. If you have a legit complaint to make, be professional and at least get out of bed. Or, don't have the reporter curled up in bed next to you.
Yeah, if you're talking to the media, you really need to be dressed. At all. Preferably nicely, not in your dirty "Coed Naked EMS" T-shirt, but just getting out of the bed would help you make a better point.
When someone told me about this story, the first thing I thought of was my time at the big, bad AMR. As front-line employees, if we could remedy a customer service issue for under $50, we were authorized to do what we needed to do and get reimbursed later--the story given during orientation was a pt who lost his hat at dialysis, and the crew replaced it for him. If the story is true, however, it's pretty disgusting.
Does anybody have any links to more details? Is the dept making their official statement?