An ambulance nearly carries everything in the emergency room (A&E) in a cute, portable form factor on wheels. Fact - like all things small, compact and complicated on the inside, an ambulance ride is expensive.
An ambulance nearly carries everything in the emergency room (A&E) in a cute, portable form factor on wheels. Fact – like all things small, compact and complicated on the inside, an ambulance ride is expensive.
It has not been communicated to the public clearly that ambulances are not just a form of transportation.
We have come to hear that paramedics have been commanded by the caller or patient’s family to quickly put the patient into the vehicle and JUST GO.
This should never be the case.
As medics, paramedics, doctors, nurses, or whatever – we have a duty to our patient. A life is on our hands and we are responsible, from a human to another human being.
This means we can’t toss the patient onto the stretcher bed and scream for the driver to speed off. This is unethical of us.
In the medical profession, it is common to stabilise the patient on scene. This involves measuring the vital signs.
Parameters such as SPO2 (oxygen concentration in the blood), blood pressure and heart rate are recorded first.
Then an intravenous (IV) plug or IV line is set up to deliver fluids through the veins. Medics can also dispense medication through the same IV access point and medication will be quickly dispersed to the organs of the patient through his circulatory system.
Immobilisation may also be considered or deemed necessary. Broken bones or back pain are often indicators for spinal management or immobilisation.
Setting up IV, delivering medication, managing the spine, plus more costs money. These are professional medical services with trained ambulance staff who took years to learn and perfect their craft. So even the cheapest ambulance ride with nothing done for the patient must still be paid by someone!
To employ these people does not come cheap, but having them around in emergency situations make a world of difference to a life in distress.
Charges are charges and what’s due needs to be paid.
Some struggle with the fact of dollars and cents. But in the panic and adrenaline of the situation, many forget they already have personal and social safety nets to cover the ambulance fees.
We are not selling anything like the above title, here on this website. But we just wanted to draw attention that your nest egg is safe and retirement fund untouched as you probably have insurance and public health care that covers the ambulance costs.
Your fees you have to pay out of pocket would be expected to be way lesser as most have planned for rainy days and emergencies like this. So don’t worry. Let the medic do the job. Call an ambulance (because you need it) and get to the hospital first.
This post was last modified on November 29, 2020 11:18 pm