Paramedic, RN, B.A., Poison Prevention Instructor, Training Officer
I am a husband, father, paramedic, RN, online educator, radio host, award winning podcaster, nationally recognized education advocate and speaker, company training officer, former chief officer, and musician who enjoy combining all of my interests into the unique opportunities offered by EMS and online radio and education.
Host of online radio programming for medical professionals
To my sister and brother medics, this is my misadventure and what happens when you speak out for what is right. My you tube video, please feedback too, good or bad, because I have been trashed by the big companies out there
This OHP v. EMT incident has received national attention. YouTube has the incident footage rated as the #2 all-time viewed on the site. Fox News today (Sat. June 13th, 2009) has expressed outrage at the officer's actions. As more Americans learn of the incident, more outrage and attention is being displayed. *** My point is this:
A window of opportunity has emerged for the EMS field.
If we can all take a moment to rise above the emotion of this incident, we can educate and sway the hearts and minds of Americans to the following points:
1. The patient's safety and well-being was put at risk by the officer's actions. As a medical professional, it was Medic White's DUTY to ensure the patient's care. When doctors or EMTs are restricted from this duty, we all are at risk.
2. Medic White's words/actions/demeanor was and is absolutely flawless. It's the officer who appears as the crazed maniac. By keeping a professional face, Medic White was able to show the world that EMS is a profession with the highest standards. This will most certainly affect the outcome of his case.
3. An EMT is an agent of the public's safety. As with medical doctors, all citizens should be aware and support the duty of such EMS professionals when a medical incident arises. The image and reputation of the medical doctor continues to be regarded in a high manner, and we now have an opportunity to elevate EMS closer to that position.
Of course all of us have read incidents where an EMS professional failed to rise to the standards of the profession. Here we have a case where EMS has exceeded those standards. We need to announce this incident to the world. I hope Medic White is rewarded for his professionalism, but I further hope that EMS is rewarded for the high standards that most of us adhere to every day.
Please make sure you tell your friends and family about this incident. It can only help our profession.