There were two notable stories regarding EMS printed in the New York Post over this holiday weekend.
The first story ran Saturday about a motorcyclist who died after striking an ambulance that was responding to a call. The article is very scarce in details, so you can hardly draw a conclusion from it other than a man is dead and an ambulance was involved in the collision that killed him. From the story reported there is no evidence of recklessness although in the comments that assumption has already been made.
The second story ran on Monday about a man arrested for assaulting the EMTs who responded to his 911 call when his mother became ill. This article is also very scarce in details, but does provide the arrest record of the man who committed the assault and the fact that his mother suffered cardiac arrest and was not revived. From the story reported there is no evidence of instigation or a confrontation prior to the physical violence, and no real indication if the violence was prior or post pronouncement.
So what can we learn from these stories? Here are 5 things that come to my mind:
- The media’s reach and ability to relay full accurate stories has been hampered through budget cuts from dwindling revenue
- People will jump to assumptions
- Unprofessional responses that have not been thoroughly contemplated can do more damage than good
- The vocal minority does not speak for the silent majority, although it sure does seem that way
- We need to be able to correct the incorrect assumptions and tell our own story
What do you think? Does the media do a good job when it comes to telling our story, or do we need to do it ourselves?