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Is an Ohio island overusing air ambulance?

Call logs show patients being flown off the island for intoxication, an anxiety attack, abdominal pain, fingers caught between two boats, allergic reaction and a thumb laceration

USA Today

PUT-IN-BAY, Ohio — During the summer, Clevelanders flock to picturesque Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island for fun, food and relaxation.

The island does not have a hospital or doctor at its disposal.

It is staffed with 14 paramedics with at least one available around the clock, year round. They are also equipped with a medical aid center and a pair of fully equipped ambulances.

But, a Channel 3 News Investigation recently found questionable uses for Life Flight from Put-in-Bay, a far more expensive service that can leave patients and insurers with unnecessarily large bills.

Read full story: Ohio vacation island over-using chopper ambulance?

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Eric D Stout Eric D Stout Thursday, July 24, 2014 5:18:08 PM Almost seems like the local media is on a mission. Granted the L.E. have been quite aggressive lately over there, but now EMT's are under the microscope. ... a friend of mine asked 'what's next, the fire department? '
Jeffrey Vanderpool Jeffrey Vanderpool Thursday, July 24, 2014 6:50:58 PM As a former PIB EMT I can say only those who needed immediate care at a hospital were flown. On the island you have few resources and a super long transport via boat to transport. I worked the Lonz Winery call....not much was said about the amazing triage of that call. But hey news has to get viewers and who cares whose reputation you slam.
Tom Gulch Tom Gulch Thursday, July 24, 2014 9:02:39 PM The police chief is behind this negativity towards the EMS. the only real question is why, is he attempting to take the attention off him and his dept, or is it because of his long standing and very well known personal vendetta against the EMS chief?
Joshua John Joshua John Friday, July 25, 2014 9:25:44 AM How can they show the caller's address and phone number?

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