So I had an awkward situation at the retirement community I work for tonight during a BLS medical call. I'm part of the Safety response department, and we're designated as 1st responders to all PHB (Personal Help Button) calls in a community of 800+ residents.
Here's the gist: PHB for an 88 y/o male, c/c non-localized abdominal pain. Pt stated that he's had this pain before and the last time it happened he was diagnosed with a "internal bleed." Long story short, we requested BLS transport and they arrive on scene and do their assessment. In the process, one of the EMT's turns to me and shoves a PCS (Physician's Certification Statement) in my face and asks me to sign because the patient only has Medicare, and they need a signed PCS form to bill him.
Now I also work for another BLS transport company, so A) I know the process of requesting PCS's, and B) I've never requested anyone of a similar or lower level of care to sign our PCS's. I felt it was a bit uncouth for this guy who has the same certs as I do to ask me to sign his form because I felt it was not a transfer authorization by a higher authority/level of care. In the end, I wound up signing it and specifically noting that I was only an EMT-B on the form.
If anyone thinks I should've acted differently (or done exactly as I did), please say what you think. This was the first time I've been presented with something like this, so any feedback is welcome.