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Old 03-24-2009, 08:38 PM   #11
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Default Re: I just don't understand some of the people that inhabit this world???

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I have a similar story...

I make my living as a surgeon----
Several years ago I was walking through a parking lot to meet some friends of mine at a bar/restaurant when I saw this large gathering of people come together and then dissipate just as quickly. Apparently there was a fight and some guy got slashed with a knife across the abdomen (the other guy ran away after he slashed the guy). I ran up to the guy that got slashed and got him to sit down ( I dentified myself as a doctor). Immediately the "Give him some air " Idiots showed up---they always do---what makes people think that backing away from an injured person is the best way to help him?.

Next, the ambulance showed up----

The EMT (not even a certified Paramedic, but just "an ambulance person" (no offense to anyone on this board that may be an EMT...) starts to push me away---"Sir, back away..." Despite the fact that I continue to Identify myself as a Surgeon.
So here I am, probably the most qualified person in the area to help this guy and I've got an EMT literally escorting me away from the patient instead of listening to what I'm saying to him or doing anything to help the patient himself.

Here's the most ironic part---
I was the Surgeon-on-call for the Emergency Room that night. If the guy needed to go to the Operating Room, I was going to be the one to take him. The EMT ignored this fact when I tried to explain it----and it was all I could do not to punch the guy in the face as he was dragging me away from what ultimately might be a person I needed to operate on.

I didn't push the issue too much because I was able to see that the slash was mostly superficial----it would only require sutures that the ER doc could place...There was no deep cut (no intestines visible or anything like that).

I called the director of the ambulance company the next morning to explain the situation to him and how his EMT actually may have impeded medical care, but nothing ever came of the phone call....

I think some people may have good intentions and maybe try to help, but when they don't know what they are doing they simply allow their testosterone to take over and can't admit that someone else may actually know more than they do---somehow they aren't able to back away themselves to let a more qualified person take over. That's when the "Give him Air" shouts start happening....
I hear you, that is a very simular story. I also don't know why people get on this "Give them air" bit??? Like someones trying to suck the air out of the person's lungs ridiculous. I could have at least determined if she had a broken leg or ankle, as from what I could see from my view point it was possible. As a paratrooper I seen these kinds of injuries alot, and could have at least positioned her more compfortably.

Not to mention the main thing ......get her freakin legs out of the road you stupid morons...
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Old 03-24-2009, 08:48 PM   #12
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I'm so sorry you had to experience that, steelwall. Being a Good Samaritan just isn't appreciated in today's bizarro world. I've been in your shoes several times (though I didn't experience as much hostility as you did) and you think I would have learned my lesson, but I'll continue to attempt to help others who are in trouble because that's the way I was raised and one day, the shoe might be on the other foot.
I know what you mean. I will allways try to help others. Outside of the military I have saved at least 4 lives as a civilian. I never drive by a wreck, or leave someone in need. It was also the way I was brought up, and I just don't want to live with the fact that I may could have helped a person in need but didnt.
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Old 03-24-2009, 09:13 PM   #13
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Some people are just idiots.

Maybe you should have just told them that you stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night. That seems to work.

Don't sweat it Bro.
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