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Fox 13 News in Tampa Bay, Florida has a story regarding a SunStar EMT’s photo posted on Facebook of an EMS Bingo card drawing harsh criticism.
The problem isn’t that there is a community outrage going on. The harshest criticism and condemnation appearing in the article and associated newscast comes from FORMER EMT Garrett Goodwin.
This is from the article:
So, how would you feel if you saw something called “EMS Bingo” inside an ambulance?
That’s what many in the Bay Area are asking after an EMS worker in Pinellas County posted a photo of the game on social media Friday.
Some say it gives a black eye to hard-working first responders. Others say first responders need to have a sense of humor to cope with the life-and-death situations they encounter every day.
No one would call a life or death scene funny, but the EMS Bingo card seems to make light of obvious tragedy. The photo posted on the Facebook profile of a SunStar Paramedics EMT around noon Friday, was removed by 5 p.m.
The line “but the EMS Bingo card seems to make light of obvious tragedy” is exactly correct… it SEEMS to those outside the industry, but for anyone who works on an ambulance it reads like a daily run log. The two exceptions being “Overdramatic Family” and “Code Brown“, which are more likely lifted from training scenarios. I can think of far worse terms to describe those two situations, so kudos to the creator of the card for taking the high road.
This type of article, fueled by comments of a FORMER EMT, illustrate the kind of feeding frenzy I asked to stop at the beginning of EMS Week. There are numerous quotes where FORMER EMT Garrett Goodwin eschews the card creators for being insensitive, called the card “disgusting”, and referred to it as “dead people Bingo”. Clearly there is no reason for him to refer to it as “dead people Bingo” because death does not appear anywhere on the card, nor do any of the call types automatically result in dead people.
This is the paragraph where I would traditionally highly criticize this FORMER EMT about the poor attitude, understanding, and lack of actual experience that is apparent from his comments. I would also berate the journalist for shoddily qualifying him as a source to comment on this subject. However, I’m not going to be a hypocrite. I should be willing to give back that which I have asked for. Therefore I am refraining.
I will say that we should be glad that he is a FORMER EMT, and we as an industry should make sure he stays that way for the sake of our young. I would caution FORMER EMT Garrett Goodwin to stop criticizing those who are doing a job he is no longer doing so harshly, especially for something that for the most part can appear on a daily run log.
Interestingly enough, the article does note that reaction on social media was a mix and while some “said the post was in poor taste, but did not entirely condemn the Bingo card.” The lack of public outcry shows that this article and FORMER EMT Garrett Goodwin‘s comments are needlessly exaggerated.
Ambulance accidents have been the leading cause of death for EMS personnel for quite a few years now. There are a number of variables that need to be adjusted to in order to make riding in an ambulance safer. Some of these variables are response protocols, driving behavior and seatbelt usage. Another variable that is often overlooked but imperative is ambulance construction.
Braun Ambulances, an ambulance manufacturer, has posted the video from a rollover test they performed using a Type III. It is being billed as the industry’s first rollover test:
As someone who has actually rolled an ambulance (it was a 1996 Demers Mirage that I rolled AND was able to drive back to the garage after the accident) I would have to say that the video is a very good representation of what happens.
With the outdated KKK-A-1822 standards (“Triple K“) from 1974 being retired, ambulance manufacturers have had to look to both the NFPA 1917 and the CAAS Ground Vehicle Standard for guidance on ambulance construction. While the acute lack of testing these construction standards is a bit alarming, it is important to remember that the standard sets the minimums. It does not limit what you can do when you are ordering your ambulances.
Have you ever been in an ambulance rollover? If so, please share your experience in the comments…
Yesterday Facebook launched Reactions, an upgrade to the “Like” button. In addition to the traditional Thumbs Up “Like“, there are now Heart “Love“, Smiley “Haha“, Smiley “Wow“, Smiley “Sad“, and Smiley “Angry” to properly convey your emotional feelings towards the post.
Reactions are accessible by hovering your mouse over the “Like” button on the desktop platform or pressing down and holding the “Like” button for mobile.
I expect that engagement with content rates will dramatically increase. This is the time for content creators to run a gamut of different posts and see the types of Reactions they get with each type of content. With that knowledge, you can start gearing your creation towards the reactions you want to evoke.
As of right now every Reaction will be considered the same as a “Like” was for engagement purposes. This will undoubtedly change over time and analysis by Facebook. It could mean that one day when you “Love” something Facebook will show you more of it, while if you show that you are “Sad” then you may see less of it. On one hand I think that’s a great way to have a more positive Facebook experience, but then on the other hand I don’t necessarily want my feed to be all kittens and rainbows.
Let me know what you think about the new Reactions in the comments and please, as always, “Love” this post…
NBC’s WRCB is reporting that a Chattanooga 9-1-1 dispatcher has been fired for sharing a photo of her dispatch screen containing a caller’s information on Facebook. From the article:
“I had a blood clot break loose and come out of my body,” he said. “I called to get emergency help and I almost died that day.”
The 911 dispatch screen detailing his call included his name, phone number, address and exact medical complaint. Dowis then took a photo of all that personal information and posted it to a Facebook group chat with some friends.
“A call I just took,” Dowis wrote.
What’s interesting is that the attorney interviewed by the station, Stuart James, brings up HIPAA in one sentence and then brings up law enforcement in a second sentence. The dispatch center is a county Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP), not a healthcare provider. I have serious doubt that HIPAA would be applicable to them. For that matter, there are still plenty of law enforcement agencies that provide department information to local newspapers and their “Police Blotter” content, so privacy in law enforcement is not common. For that matter, the disclosure by the county of their termination of Holly Dowis could be viewed subjectively as a violation of her privacy if we went to such extremes.
Regardless of the laws, this type of behavior is indeed unprofessional and I am sure that there is a violation of the PSAP‘s Policies and Procedures. If it isn’t, then I would hope they would issue reasonable policies focusing on acts and not focused on the ever changing technological landscape.