Friday, August 29, 2008

An Ambulance Call Barry Will Hate Having Missed

A few minutes after 8:00 this morning, the pager went off. A couple had pulled into the driveway of the Mauss family, about 3 miles north of New Albin, and had hollered for help. The woman was in labor! Barry had already gone to work by that time. That's one call I bet just about any EMT would love to go on. Happy news for once.

I heard the siren immediately as our responders took off. They called for dispatch from Tri-State Ambulance as they did so. That's SOP when it's something they probably cannot handle on their own: They dispatch Tri-State, which rolls out of La Crosse, grab the patient in our ambulance and start north up the river road, and meet up with Tri-State wherever they can and swap. It works pretty well, getting the patient to more skilled providers faster.

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