What are the most funny and embarrassing experiences that you've ever had in your EMS life which left you moral values?
Knowing what I now know (but didn't then) about ambulance safety and the efficacy, or lack thereof, of IV fluid resuscitation in trauma patients, I can't believe that I once upon a time put my partner, a very small woman, on the shelf on the other side of the box so that she could start an IV on a severely traumatized patient. Totally unsecure, with somebody we didn't even know driving the box.
Back when we really believed in the Golden Hour and fluid resus......
T -15 Arrive 15 minutes early for a scheduled transfer.
T -13 Get a bowl of chili in the EMS room
T -3 get a second bowl (first food in 10 hours)
T +2 Head up to pt's room
T +15 Walk to other side of hospital floor looking for pt's room
T +20 Answer a call from dispatch explaining that we're still looking for the room
T +30 Check a third wing in the hospital for the room
T +35 Call dispatch and have them confirm the room number
T +40 Finally find a staff member to look up the pt's room
T +45 Realize we've been at the wrong hospital for an hour.
Moral: Read the hospital's entire name in the dispatch info.