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Old 07-15-2007, 10:21 PM   #1
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Ever Drop a Patient?


I've never actually dropped a patient, but I've heard many stories of medics that have. It usually involves a balance problem with the stretcher / stair chair.

One medic hit a bit pothole in the ground with a patient on the stretcher, and the stretcher overturned. Thankfully no one has been dropped down the stairs, but there have been some close calls.

Anyone have any good stories?


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Old 07-15-2007, 11:08 PM   #2
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I know EMTs injured because one person could not handle the weight.

I am working out now to prevent either person from being me.
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Old 07-15-2007, 11:41 PM   #3
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Right when I first started workin in EMS. It was an early sunday morning and I was transporting a male pt in his like 80's for possible cardiac problems.....Well my partener was pulling the cot out and the under carriage didnt lock.....i tried to catch it and the cot went to the ground and i ended up under it. If he wasnt having a heart attack before he was then. I got out with some NICE bruises.... He remained securly on the cot....on top of me. Lucky no one saw us.
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Old 07-15-2007, 11:45 PM   #4
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In 1993, during a game against the New York Rangers, Dallas Stars player Mike Modano took a clip from Mark Messier on ice. He was taken off ice with spinal immobilization precautions taken. MSG had a camera follow the EMTs with the stretcher off-ice to the ambulance where they attempted to load him into the rig but managed to drop him to the floor...all on live tv. Our course coordinator showed us the video of the drop multiple times during class, and I'm still trying to find it. As soon as I can, I will post a link here...but until then, here's another one.

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Old 07-15-2007, 11:48 PM   #5
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Dropped a Rabbi.

This was in 1980s, we had just gotten one of those new fangled stretchers like the ME was using. My partner didn't wait for me to lock the legs down as he pulled it out of the ambulance. The Rabbi stayed secure on the stretcher. No injuries. No blessings either.
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Old 07-16-2007, 12:15 AM   #6
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I have a little theory: if you haven't dropped a patient, you either haven't been in the field long enough or you're just a liar. And before anyone flames me, don't take that comment too seriously

It used to happen a little more often before the "one & a half man" stretchers became standard. Uhm... I mean it never happened... ever.

Back during my first year, I was dropping off a patient at a nursing home. My partner must have slipped or whatever the case was... but as we pulled the stretcher out of the ambulance, it just landed sideways. To make things worse, the entire front of the nursing home was clear glass and the lobby was packed with people including about 10 administrators.

The patient was strapped in good, never hit his head, had no injuries whatsoever, and laughed harder than I heard anyone laugh before. Somehow, not one person in the lobby saw a thing. The patient was just like, "I'm ok, that was kind of fun actually!".
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Old 07-16-2007, 12:30 AM   #7
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I think its great when people can laugh at their mistakes, it even better when the patient can too ...I havn't ever helped with a patient (duh because I'm just a rider) but they have let me put the stretcher in the back after we reloaded and I alsmost droped it then so...I think I need more practice lol
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All I can say is this...if they do fall, DO NOT try to catch them!

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All I can say is this...if they do fall, DO NOT try to catch them!

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I know two paramedics who can no longer work the road because of trying to save a patient/cot from falling.
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Dropped a Rabbi.

This was in 1980s, we had just gotten one of those new fangled stretchers like the ME was using. My partner didn't wait for me to lock the legs down as he pulled it out of the ambulance. The Rabbi stayed secure on the stretcher. No injuries. No blessings either.
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