EMS Flight Crew
March 26, 2015 at 03:04am
Follower question: "Hi guys, I have a question for you to post on the page. Our aircraft was called to a scene of a car vs semi. Initially we were put on stand by for a flight. The stand by was then canceled. About 10 minutes later we were launched to the same scene. On arrival we found a car the rear ended a semi. The vehicle had mild to moderate front end damage and the patient ambulated to the ambulance with minimal back pain. The Pts girlfriend arrived on scene and identified herself as an LPN who worked at a local nursing home.... She insisted that the pt be airlifted to the closest trauma facility even though medics on scene felt he was appropriate for the local ER (5 minutes by ground). Her reasoning was that she hated the local ER and thinks he needed to go to the big city hospital. It crossed my mind to turn down the flight once o was on scene but I had already established a provider/pt relationship and assumed care. My question is "would anyone else not fly a pt based on lack of medical need even if you were called by local EMS?"