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October 16, 2012
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EMS News in Focus
by Arthur Hsieh

If nothing else, at least Detroit EMS has blankets

Even in hard financial times, innovation and leadership can go a long way in making things work, but those seem in short supply in Detroit

By Arthur Hsieh

Editor's note: Donors all over the world are sending blankets to a Detroit paramedic after news broke that he was being punished for giving a blanket to a cold fire victim.

Last week I sat on this very sorry story involving Detroit EMS and its attempt to discipline a medic who apparently was providing care to a patient.

Regular readers know that I've commented on the Motor City's inability to get their priorities straight and provide the compassionate, professional care its citizens deserve.

Reading last week's headlines, I was so irritated that after trying to write out an editorial that didn't contain several epithets, I gave up. And I'm glad I did — it appears that many people were irked by the way the city dealt with the issue and a spontaneous protest of sorts has provided support to the medic involved.

That's what I love about our industry: its ability to stand up for what's right for the patient and calling out BS when necessary.

I wish we could send them things like ambulances, equipment and a large bolus of common sense, since that's really what they need. It's really not rocket science.

Even in hard financial times, innovation and leadership can go a long way in making things work. Apparently those two items are in short supply at Detroit EMS.

At least they have blankets.

About the author

EMS1 Editor in Chief Art Hsieh, MA, NREMT-P currently teaches at the Public Safety Training Center, Santa Rosa Junior College in the Emergency Care Program. In the profession since 1982, Art has worked as a line medic and chief officer in the private, third service and fire-based EMS. He has directed both primary and EMS continuing education programs. Art is a published textbook author, has presented at conferences nationwide, and continues to provide patient care at a rural hospital-based ALS system. Contact Art at Art.Hsieh@ems1.com.
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