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February 10, 2011 7:11 AM Subscribe
Is there a standard protocol (or best practices) when an emergency responder (PD, FD, EMT) gets into an accident en route to or from a call?
posted by Admiral Haddock to Law & Government (3 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Say an ambulance is responding to a call reporting that someone has had a heart attack, and en route, they hit 1) a car, but there are no injuries; 2) a car and the car's passenger has a non-life threatening injury; 3) a car and there are life threatening injuries; 4) a dog, and it's killed; 5) a kid. Assume in each case that the ambulance and its personnel are shaken, but still able to respond to the original call.
What's the protocol post-crash? Does it vary if the only other ambulance is across town and it's "just" an accident with no life-threatening injuries or "just" a dead dog?
What if the accident is on the way BACK from the call, and they have the heart attack person in the ambulance? If the heart attack person is stable, would they try to squeeze someone else in to take them to the emergency room at the same time?
Is the answer different if the responder is police and the call is a crime in progress? What about FD, which presumably has fewer emergency response vehicles and thus less ability to cover with other responders?
I've always been curious how this is handled. Not particularly interested in the due process / Section 1983 issues (e.g., Medina or whatever is the current authority).