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Fatal Ark. head injury: Medics couldn't transport out of county

CEO of ambulance company: 'why we did not transport would be a question for the hospital'

By Deedra Wilson

CLINTON, Ark. — "In this case I'm heartbroken"

This is emotional reaction from Brett Blackney's friend and client Jean Robinson. She feels maybe his life didn't have to end.

According to (a) Clinton Police Report, Southern Paramedics could not transport Blakney to Little Rock, because they had only one ambulance and couldn't leave the county unattended.

Full Story: Ambulance concerns in Van Buren County

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Melinda Teaster Williams Melinda Teaster Williams Friday, May 11, 2012 6:56:49 AM Was this Patient already in the Hospital? or was this Patient picked up at the scene of the accident? next question why was medivac not contacted? It seems to me that more critical patients are being placed in the back of an ambulance for lond transfer times than the use of medivac short transport to apporpriate Hospitals. There is not enough information here.......
Donna Baer Donna Baer Friday, May 11, 2012 8:09:43 AM We don't know what the patient's injuries were, and the extent of those injuries could well have lead to his death even had he been transported. The bigger question is why there is only one ambulance (and presumably crew) on duty...guessing this is a small community that can't afford more staffing but there just are NOT enough details here to lead to any conclusion of fault on anyone's part. This is a good example of laying out an inflammatory statement expecting everyone to go after an ambulance crew who probably did nothing wrong.

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