Quote from redroses143
yes we did....right after she start trowing up thatsn when she because responsive/alert....so when 911 came thought it was nothing serious...
Like the others have said, the call to EMS was well-warranted with her change in mentation, etc.
I wasn't there to see how the EMTs responded, but just wanted to offer a suggestion if they didn't seem like the hyped-up trauma-junkies on TV. They may have not disregarded the seriousness of the complaint at all, but I would hope were diligently and efficiently progressing the patient towards the ambulance. For example, my partner and I are pretty low-key... we really do not get riled up even if half of an arm is missing. But, we move very quickly and get things done. Two reasons for our less-than-excitable "attitude": Calm manner allows for thought; we have a lot of decisions to make in a short period of time and very few patients ever fit protocol. Second reason: If the medics are hyped up, the family will be as well. If we remain calm, professional, but get everything done efficiently, then in most cases, we actually can see the family members assume a more calm attitude as well. Remember... they usually head to the hospital in their own vehicle. A calmer driver is a safer driver.
Most of our interventions are done as soon as we hop into the ambulance and while enroute to the hospital. If she was my patient, VS, O2, IV, blood draw, ECG with 12-lead, neuro assessment, radio report, etc. would have all been done bouncing down the road towards definitive care. My protocols allow for that. I've had family member faint while watching procedures occur in the house; I try to avoid that scenario of creating more patients, lol!
On the other hand, if I had an EMT partner who truly disregarded the potential seriousness of these signs and just blow off what recently happened to the patient, I'd ask him where the he** he hides the CT scanner and lab in the ambulance?!? The verbal education would not stop there...
Hope it helps!