November 7, 2006
An interesting piece yesterday on NPR's "Day to Day" about deploying EMTs on bikes. The biggest obstacle? Insurance reimbursement practices.
November 7, 2006 7:48 PM
Ever see an ambulance with lights flashing, stuck in traffic?
I bet that person all busted up sure wishes there was some bike EMTs eh. I'd be all for that, and I don't care about the financing... public, private, or whatever. That would be a very good service. Especially in downtown PDX/downtown interstates.
November 7, 2006 9:28 PM
Ron Swaren Says:
Perhaps a bike riding EMT could get there first with some immediate care, but wouldn't one have to wait for a vehicle to transport someone to a care facility? I guess a bikin' EMT would be able to respond quickly to a lot of situations and easily carry 60 pounds of stuff. A motorcycle could to.
November 7, 2006 11:34 PM
Chris Smith Says:
Exactly the point made in the audio piece.
November 8, 2006 12:19 AM
Motorcycle... now theres another idea.
Needless to say, that's a grand idea. Kinda like CHIPs but with EMTs. :o
November 8, 2006 10:55 PM
jim karlock Says:
Bike paramedics got a bit of a laugh at a London Town Council meeting a couple years ago. That happened at the same meeting where the London Ambiance service was explaining that speed bumps kill sick people through delaying emergency services.
And don't forget bike firemen.
PS: One study says congestion kills over 60,000 people annually due to delayed medical care.
November 10, 2006 10:34 AM
Ron Swaren Says:
"Ever see an ambulance with lights flashing, stuck in traffic?"
Plenty of times. And it is the law to get out of the way when you so much as hear a siren.